A horselike fossil mammal of the late Tertiary period, with stout claws on the toes instead of hooves.
- Family Chalicotheriidae, order Perissodactyla: several genera, in particular Moropus.
- In Eurasia the fauna included early deer and giraffes, the giant indricatheres and chalicotheres that were quite different from the American types.
- A further two groups are known only from the fossil record; these are the chalicotheres and titanotheres.
- My major interest is the chalicotheres, a group of extinct clawed herbivorous perissodactyls.
Early 20th century: from modern Latin Chalicotherium (genus name), from Greek khalix, khalik- 'gravel' + thērion 'wild animal'.
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