Dinotherium


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Dinotherium

(dīnəthēr`ēəm) [Gr.,=terrible beast], extinct mammal related to the elephant, fossil remains of which have been found in Miocene and Pliocene formations of Africa, Europe, and India. It had a short proboscis and a pair of tusks which extended downward, curving backward, from the lower jaw. The name is also spelled Deinotherium. It is classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia.
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