Moeritherium was about 10 feet (3 meters) long, but only about 2 feet (70 centimeters) high at the shoulder. It did not possess a trunk like elephant, although it may have a flexible upper lip that could grasp vegetation. Its incisor teeth were formed into tusks, but these would have resembled the teeth of a hippopotamus, rather than the tusks of an elephant.
Moeritherium is believed to have lived in swamps and rivers, leading a similar lifestyle to the modern hippopotamus. Fossils of the animal have so far been found in Egypt, and other parts of North and West Africa.
Moeritherium were herbivorous (plant-eating) mammals that lived between 37 and 35 million years ago
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