Sivatherium


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Sivatherium

 

a genus of fossil mammals of the family Giraffidae. The remains of sivatheres were found in Pliocene deposits in the Himalayan Siwaliks. Sivatheres were approximately the same size as elks and somewhat resembled them. The massive, short skull had two pairs of horns: the anterior horns were small, conical, and directed forward, and the posterior horns were large, flat, and branched. Unlike other giraffes, the legs and neck were not long. Sivatheres probably inhabited sparse forests and fed on soft vegetation.