''Bizarre Beasts'' Were Real (Believe It or Not)

Photos: ''Bizarre'' Animals That Really Lived
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Extinct ancestor of today's hogs, this Archaeotherium—"ancient beast"—lived some 23 to 34 million years ago in what is now South Dakota. Strong neck muscles suggest that the roughly 4-foot-long (120-centimeter-long) animal was well suited to digging up roots and tubers with its snout.



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Photograph by Rebecca Hale, courtesy National Geographic Society
 
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