NHBS | Everything for Wildlife, Science & Environment

Secure Worldwide Shopping

Rhinoceros Giants: The Paleobiology of the Indricotheres

Popular Science
Donald R Prothero (Author)
141 pages, b/w photos, b/w illustrations, tables
Hardback | Jun 2013 | #199761 | ISBN-13: 9780253008190
Availability: Usually dispatched within 48 hours Details
NHBS Price: £28.99 | $48/€37 approx.
Add To Basket

Written for everyone fascinated by the huge beasts that once roamed the earth, this book introduces the giant hornless rhinoceros, Indricotherium. These massive animals inhabited Asia and Eurasia for more than 14 million years, about 37 to 23 million years ago. They had skulls 6 feet long, stood 22 feet high at the shoulder, and were twice as heavy as the largest elephant ever recorded, tipping the scales at 44,100 pounds. Fortunately, the big brutes were vegetarians, Donald R. Prothero tells their story, from their discovery just a century ago to the latest research on how they lived and died.

Read some sample pages below:

"In a look at the biggest of these wonders [...] Prothero delves into these overlooked big guys, the most massive mammals to ever walk the Earth [...] [and] cuts across every aspect of paleontology to tell the story of these vanished giants. Chapters range from entertaining recounting of discoverers [...] to scholarly descriptions of the rules that biologists must follow to name a new species or estimate a vanished rhino's weight."
USA Today

"Through copious background details, Prothero celebrates great and lesser-known names in the history of paleontology, as well as geological and taxonomic nitty gritty."
National Geographic Laelaps

"Within this slim tome [...] Prothero packs in an encyclopedic summary of indrithocere anatomy and biology [...] Highly recommended."


1. Quicksand!
2. Giant Hunters
3. Lands of the Giants
4. Rhino Roots
5. What's in a Name?
6. Building a Giant
7. Paradise Lost


There are currently no reviews for this product. Be the first to review this product!

Donald R. Prothero is Professor of Geology at Occidental College and Lecturer in Geobiology at the California Institute of Technology. He is author or co-author of many books, most recently After the Dinosaurs: The Age of Mammals; Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters; Greenhouse of the Dinosaurs; and Catastrophes!

View other products from the same publisher


There are currently no organisations listed for this subject

If you are involved in a scientific, conservation or environmental organisation and would like to be listed, please see our NHBS-Xchange information page.

Why Buy From NHBS?

gratis books
Supporting Conservation

Your orders support book donation projects

Amazing Experience

Your quick and straightforward service saved the fieldwork for my PhD project in Kerala.

Lydia Betz (Hannover)

Read more customer testimonials

Unique Product Range

Search and browse over 110,000 wildlife and science products

Unique Product Range
Rapid Global Service

Multi-currency. Secure worldwide shipping

Natural History Experts

Wildlife, science and conservation since 1985