Gobiatherium

Name: Gobiatherium ‭(‬Gobi beast‭ ‬-‭ ‬after the Gobi Desert‭)‬.
Phonetic: Go-bee-ah-fee-ree-um.
Named By: Henry Fairfield Osborn‭ & ‬Walter W.‭ ‬Granger‭ ‬-‭ ‬1932.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Dinocerata,‭ ‬Uintatheriidae,‭ ‬Gobiatheriinae.
Species: G.‭ ‬mirificum‭ (‬type‭)‬, ‬G.‭ ‬major,‭ ‬G.‭ ‬monolobotum.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Estimated up to‭ ‬3‭ ‬meters long for largest specimens.
Known locations: Asia.
Time period: Lutetian through to Priabonian of the Eocene.
Fossil representation: Several specimens.

       Gobiatherium is the type genus of its own specific group of uintatheres,‭ ‬the Gobiatheriinae.‭ ‬This is because Gobiatherium lacks the skull horns and tusks that are common features in it relatives,‭ ‬though Gobiatherium still retains some distinguishing characteristics of its own.‭ ‬These include well developed cheek bones and an expanded nasal area where the bones rise up into a form of snout crest,‭ ‬something that might have been a support for a specialised growth of soft tissue.‭ ‬Gobiatherium possibly shared its habitat with pantodont mammals like Hypercoryphodon.



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