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Camelops is famous for two reasons: first, this was the last prehistoric camel to be indigenous to North America (until it was hunted to extinction by human settlers about 10,000 years ago), and second, a fossil specimen was unearthed in 2007 during excavations for a Wal-Mart store in Arizona (hence this individual's informal name, the Wal-Mart Camel).
On the following slides, you'll find pictures and detailed profiles of over 80 different giant mammals and megafauna that ruled the earth after the dinosaurs went extinct, ranging from Aepycamelus to the Woolly Rhino.The Miocene pig Daeodon (formerly known as Dinohyus) was roughly the size and weight of a modern rhinoceros, with a broad, flat, warthog-like face complete with "warts" (actually fleshy wattles supported by bone).It's true that most mammals of the Miocene epoch grew to plus sizes, but Deinogalerix—perhaps it should be better known as the dino-hedgehog—had an added incentive: this prehistoric mammal seems to have been restricted to a few isolated islands off the southern coast of Europe, a sure evolutionary recipe for gigantism.The nostrils of Astrapotherium were also set unusually high, a hint that this prehistoric herbivore may have pursued a partly amphibious lifestyle, like a modern hippopotamus.(By the way, Astropotherium's name—Greek for "lightning beast"—seems particularly inappropriate for what must have been a slow, ponderous plant eater.) The Auroch is one of the few prehistoric animals to be commemorated in ancient cave paintings.If you happened across Desmostylus 10 or 15 million years ago, you might be forgiven for mistaking it for a direct ancestor of either hippopotamuses or elephants: this megafauna mammal had a thick, hippo-like body, and the shovel-shaped tusks jutting out of its lower jaw were reminiscent of prehistoric proboscids like Amebelodon.
The fact is, though, that this semi-aquatic creature was a true evolutionary one-off, inhabiting its own obscure order, "Desmostylia," on the mammalian family tree.
About the size of a modern tabby cat, Deinogalerix probably made its living by feeding on insects and the carcasses of dead animals.
Although it was directly ancestral to modern hedgehogs, for all intents and purposes Deinogalerix looked like a giant rat, with its naked tail and feet, narrow snout, and (one imagines) overall peskiness.
Right off the bat, there are two odd things about Aepycamelus: first, this megafauna camel looked more like a giraffe, with its long legs and slender neck, and second, it lived in Miocene North America (not a place one normally associates with camels).
Befitting its giraffe-like appearance, Aepycamelus spent most of its time nibbling the leaves off high trees, and since it lived well before the earliest humans no one ever attempted to take it for a ride.
However, what really set this prehistoric mammal apart from the other megafauna of the Eocene epoch were the two large, conical, pointed horns jutting out from the middle of its forehead, which were likely a sexually selected characteristic rather than anything meant to intimidate predators (meaning that males with bigger, pointier horns had a better chance of pairing up with females during mating season).