Name: Archaeopotamus ‭(‬Ancient of the river‭)‬.
Phonetic: Ar-kay-o-pot-ah-mus.
Named By: Jean-Renaud Boisserie‭ ‬-‭ ‬2005.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Artiodactylia,‭ ‬Hippopotamidae,‭ ‬Hippopotaminae.
Species: A.‭ ‬harvardi,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬lothagamensis,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬qeshta.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: A.‭ ‬harvardi‭ ‬estimated to be about‭ ‬3‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Fossils across Africa and the Middle East.
Time period: Late Miocene to early Pleistocene.
Fossil representation: Partial remains of several individuals.

       Archaeopotamus is a genus of hippopotamuses that lived in Africa and the Middle East.‭ ‬Fossils of Archaeopotamus begin to appear in the late Miocene,‭ ‬making Archaeopotamus‭ ‬one of,‭ ‬perhaps even the oldest hippopotamus known.

Further reading
- The Taxonomy and Nomenclature of the Hippopotamidae‭ (‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Artiodactyla‭) ‬and a Description of Two New Fossil Species.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Proceedings of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen.‭ ‬Series B,‭ ‬Palaeontology,‭ ‬geology,‭ ‬physics,‭ ‬and chemistry.‭ ‬80‭ (‬2‭)‬:‭ ‬72‭–‬88.‭ ‬-‭ ‬S.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Coryndon‭ ‬-‭ ‬1977.
-‭ ‬A New Species of Hippopotamus Hexaprotodon Lothagamensis‭ (‬Mammalia:‭ ‬Hippopotamidae‭) ‬From the Late Miocene of Kenya.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.‭ ‬20‭ (‬1‭)‬:‭ ‬177‭–‬185.‭ ‬-‭ ‬E.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Weston‭ ‬-‭ ‬2000.
-‭ ‬The phylogeny and taxonomy of Hippopotamidae‭ (‬Mammalia:‭ ‬Artiodactyla‭)‬:‭ ‬a review based on morphology and cladistic analysis.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.‭ ‬143:‭ ‬1‭–‬26.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Jean-Renaud Boisserie‭ ‬-‭ ‬2005.


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