Indricotherium - "is mother to all of the beasts!"

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One of the first discoveries of the remains of the mysterious monster tall as three-storey house (popularizers calculated that under his belly could pass a military convoy, six people in a row) was made on the territory of Kazakhstan. Today it lives in the Museum of Nature Academy of Sciences in Almaty.

Systematics is an interesting science, according to its rules, our today's hero belongs to the rhinos. But it does not look like one of those rhino monsters that you can find now in the reserves and zoos. It is rather humpless camel, or caricatured tapir with elongated limbs and a long neck. By the nature, it is a typical giraffe, stretched in its herbivores aspiration, to the tops of the trees; and its size can be equated to antediluvian monster, like the famous inhabitant of Jurassic Park - Tyrannosaurus.

Indricotherium lived 30 million years ago, it is the largest land mammal, got its name in honor of the mythical indrik – beast, mysterious hero of "Pigeon book".

When beast returns to the mountain,

Then mother earth stirs beneath,

Then all beasts will worship him,

Because Indrik is mother to all beasts.

The remains of the indrik were found by mining engineer Matveyev on the river Kara-Turgay in 1912, and later, a student Gailit found similar bones on the lakeside of Chelkar-Tengiz.

At the beginning, scientists thought that they found mammoth’s remains, but then they compared them with the remains of the Baluchitherium that was known from the discovery in Pakistan. Further excavations, in Chelkar valley of Turgay basin, have not only led to new discoveries of indricotherium, but also to the identification of a fossil faunal body, which was called indricotherium and who’s lifetime referred to Oligocene.

Later, the giant rhinoceros was found in other parts of Kazakhstan, for example in the Aral Sea area; and not just one rhino but several of its species living in these areas, in parallel and at different times.

Only few museums in the world can boast of having the indrik - beast skeletons, anyway, they are very rare in paleontological collections, far less than even the largest dinosaurs. One of the most well preserved skeletons of indricotherium adorns the Nature Museum, which is located in the east wing of the Academy of Sciences in Almaty.

Also you can see the Earth's greatest animal in the flesh and in all its glory on the illustration made by the artist Saul Bertleu.

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