Simbakubwa kutokaafrika, a massive predator understood from the majority of its jaw, parts of its skull and parts of its skeleton, was bigger than a modern-day polar bear.
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In the “Lord of the Rings” series, author J.R.R. Tolkien developed the fantastical “warg,” a wolf-like monster with sharp teeth that resided in the Misty Mountains. Little did Tolkien understand that such an animal, maybe one a lot more frightening than a warg, really existed.
This recently found now extinct predator lived about 22 million years earlier in what is now Kenya. It was bigger than a polar bear, the biggest land-based predator alive today; it weighed approximately 3,300 pounds. (1,500 kgs), determined 8 feet (2.4 meters) long from snout to rump and stood 4 feet (1.2 m) high at its shoulders.
The animal had extremely sharp, effective teeth, and is thought about a hypercarnivore– suggesting it got nearly all its calories from meat. [Image Gallery: 25 Amazing Ancient Beasts]
Scientists are calling the newly found meat eater Simbakubwa kutokaafrika, Swahili for “huge lion from Africa.” However it was much bigger than a modern-day lion, stated research study co-researcher Matt Borths, manager of the Department of Fossil Primates at the Duke Lemur Center in North Carolina.
” Part of the factor we called it ‘huge lion’ in Swahili is since it would have played a lion-like function in its ancient environment,” Borths informed Live Science in an e-mail. When it was starving, S. kutokaafrika didn’t keep back. “Animals that may have been on the menu were anthracotheres (hippo family members that were lankier than their modern-day cousins), elephant family members and huge hyraxes (today, hyraxes appear like bad-tempered bunnies, however in the past they filled zebra and antelope specific niches in Africa).”