The sun is going down and its golden rays are flaming up the autumn birch canopies giving them a magical glare.

We’re in the Oligocene, approximately 32 mya, and here in Mongolia roams one of the biggest land-mammals ever lived.

Here it is, walking solitary along a river, passing among the golden birches, that compared to him seem not much bigger than shrubs: a huge Paraceratherium.

This hornless rhino was humongous, it could reach almost 5 meters at its shoulder and could weight between 11 and 20 tons.

Paraceratherium was probably a high browser and it presumely had a short tapir-like trunk to grasp better foliage while feeding.

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