Deinotherium ("terrible beast") was a large prehistoric relative of modern-day elephants that appeared in the Middle Miocene and survived until the Early Pleistocene. During that time it changed very little. In life, it probably resembled modern elephants, except it had downward curving tusks attached to the lower jaw. The way Deinotherium used its curious tusks has been much debated. It may have rooted in soil for underground plant parts like roots and tubers, pulled down branches to snap them and reach leaves, or stripped soft bark from tree trunks. Deinotherium fossils have been uncovered at several of the African sites where remains of prehistoric hominid relatives of modern humans have also been found. Early Pleistocene species of Deinotherium might have also fallen prey to Homotherium, particularly adolescents and calves
Three species are recognized, all of great size. Deinotherium giganteum is the type species, and is described above. Deinotherium was a large proboscidean. Two adults of D. giganteum are around 3.63–4 metres (11.9–13.1 ft) tall and weight 8.8–12 tonnes (8.7–11.8 long tons; 9.7–13.2 short tons). This is similar to adult males of D. proavum, one of which weighted 10.3 tonnes (10.1 long tons; 11.4 short tons) and was 3.59 metres (11.8 ft) tall. However, both these species are smaller than a 45-year-old male of D. "thraceiensis", at 4.01 metres (13.2 ft) tall and 13.2 tonnes (13.0 long tons; 14.6 short tons) in weight.
Jurassic Park franchise
On October 26, 2017, Deinotherium was added as a legendary Cenozoic snow creature.
- In reality, Deinotherium most likely had a longer trunk than how it's portrayed in Jurassic World: The Game, to better help it in drinking.