STL Science Center

STL Science Center

08 May 2016

Macrauchenia Facts

Being one of a select few, relatively speaking, ungulates of South America, Macrauchenia is a very interesting animal. Beyond that, it is also interesting because the original fossils were originally recovered by Charles Darwin during his expedition on the HMS Beagle. Darwin and the Beagle carried the fossils back to Sir Richard Owen who described the fossil in 1838. This fact is discussed in many places, but the only fact page that uses the story prominently is About. Other pages, instead, discuss Litopternans and more about the anatomy and hypothesized life history of Macrauchenia more. There is also this short video on the interactions between the newly migrated-to-South-America saber toothed tigers and the on-their-way-out Macrauchenia.

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