First brontothere fossils discovered by Ningxia

Chinese archaeologists have unearthed several brontothere fossils dating back more than 34 million years in the city of Lingwu, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

First brontothere fossils discovered by Ningxia

This is the first time that such fossil have been discovered in the region of  Ningxia.

Brontothere is an extinct mammal from the Eocene epoch from 56 to 34 million years ago.

  • About Brontotheriidae, also called Titanotheriidae, is a family of extinct mammals belonging to the order Perissodactyla, the order that includes horses, rhinoceroses, and tapirs.

The discovery of the fossil has provided important evidence of stratigraphic division and a new direction for the research of mammal fossils in Ningxia, according to the archaeologists.


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