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Perissodactyl Mammals
Perissodactyls are odd-toed ungulates (hoofed mammals). This order of mammals consists mostly of fast runners that have a reduced number of toes. These animals carry their weight mainly on the middle toe of each foot. Perissodactyls are herbivores (plant-eaters) who have cheek teeth used for chewing plant material. (Even-toed ungulates are artiodactyls.)

The word perissodactyl comes from the Greek language, and means "odd-number finger or toe."

Perissodactyls are divided into 2 suborders, 3 families, and about 15 species, including:


Click on a perissodactyl for more information:

BALUCHITHERIUM

Baluchitherium (aka Indricotherium) was a large, extinct, hornless rhinoceros. It was one of the largest land mammals.


DONKEY

Donkeys are hoofed mammals adapted to desert life.

Elasmotherium

Elasmotherium was a rhinoceros-like mammal that lived in the steppes of Eurasia during the Pleistocene.


EOHIPPUS

Eohippus was a tiny horse that lived 50 million years ago.


HORSE

Horses are very fast runners. Primitive horses were very small.


HYRACOTHERIUM

Hyracotherium/Eohippus was a tiny horse that lived 50 million years ago.

INDRICOTHERIUM

Indricotherium (aka Baluchitherium) was a large, extinct, hornless rhinoceros. It was one of the largest land mammals.


QUAGGA

The Quagga is a recently-extinct relative of the zebra.


RHINOCEROS

A rhinoceros is a huge animal from Africa that has one or two horn-like spikes on its head.


TAPIR

A plant-eating, hoofed mammal with a small trunk.


WOOLLY RHINOCEROS

The Woolly Rhino is an extinct rhinoceros from the Ice Ages.


ZEBRA

Zebras have black and white stripes.
zebra

Zebra

(Simple version)
Zebras are hoofed mammals that have black and white stripes.


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