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To date, only the animal's skull and a few other bones have been found, so not all details of the animal's lifestyle are clear (for example, we are not certain whether it was an active predator or a scavenger). It is known to be have been heavily built with an enormous skull, a long snout with large teeth (including sharp cutting teeth, and flat cheek teeth that could have crushed bones), a long body, a long tail, and short legs with hoofed toes.
Because no complete specimen has yet been found, the exact size of Andrewsarchus remains a subject of much debate. It was probably around 12 feet (3.7 meters) long from head to pelvis, not including the tail, and its shoulders may have been 6 feet (1.8 meters) above the ground. Its weight was probably somewhere between 400 and 1,000 pounds (180 to 450 kilograms) - although where in this wide range it fell, remains a subject of debate. One thing is for sure though, it was one of the largest mammalian land predators ever to have lived.
Andrewsarchus as a hoofed mammalian carnivore that lived between 45 and 36 million years ago
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