Hippo's 'shrunken' ancestor was hardly bigger than a sheep

February 24, 2015 6:55 PM

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Hippo's 'shrunken' ancestor was hardly bigger than a sheep

Fossils from an ancient ancestor to hippos, part of a family of creatures known as anthrocotheres, have been unearthed in a rock bed in Kenya. The new finds suggest the ancient water-babies weighed just a few hundred pounds and looked like shrunken versions of the portly mammals found in Africa today.

"They are slender hippos, very thin hippos," said study co-author Fabrice Lihoreau, a paleontologist at the University of Montpellier in France.

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