Facts about Creodonts, an extinct prehistoric animal

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Dinosaur Jungle   >   Other Prehistoric Animals   >   Creodonts



Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Mammalia
  Infraclass Eutheria
  Superorder Laurasiatheria
  Order Creodonta
Creodonts are an extinct order of mammalian carnivores. They first appeared in the late Paleocene epoch, perhaps 60 million years ago, and finally became extinct during the late Miocene about 8 million years ago. Their heydey was in the Eocene epoch, between about 55 and 35 million years ago, and in the Oligocene epoch, they were the dominant group of predators in Africa.

Creodonts were once believed to have been ancestral to Carnivora, but today, the many similarities betwen Creodonts and modern carnivores are instead considered the result of convergent evolution.

One of the best known Creodonts was Megistotherium, which lived during the Miocene epoch and was about 24 million years ago in Egypt and Libya. Megistotherium was about enormous, about 16 to 18 feet (5 to 6 meters) long, and weighed around 1½ tons - according too many scientists, it was as large, or even larger than Andrewsarchus.

Creodonts Timeline:

Creodonts were carnivores (meat-eating) mammals that lived between 60 and 8 million years ago

Creodonts were carnivores (meat-eating) mammals that lived between 60 and 8 million years ago

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