Moeritherium ('the beast from Lake Moeris') is a genus consisting of several species. These prehistoric mammals are related to the elephant and, more distantly, the sea cow. They lived during the Eocene epoch. The Moeritherium species were pig-like animals that lived about 37-35 million years ago, and resembled modern tapirs or pygmy hippopotamuses. They were smaller than modern elephants, standing only 70 centimetres high at the shoulder and were about 3 metres long. They are believed to have wallowed in swamps and rivers, filling the ecological niche now filled by the hippopotamus. The shape of their teeth suggest that they ate soft water vegetation.
The shape of the skull suggests that Moeritherium did not have an elephant-like trunk, but it may have had a broad flexible upper lip like a tapir's for grasping aquatic vegetation. The second incisor teeth formed small tusks, although these would have looked more like the teeth of a hippo than a modern elephant.
Shirou's History Fact
An elephant type animal that lived in marshes, shallow rivers, lakes, etc. It was also called the stegodon, but it holds no direct relation to the modern day elephant. It like eating the soft grass and plants by the riverside. Its trunk was about as long as a pig and it had 4 short legs. As it was fat, it moved slowely and most likely couldn't swim fast either, due to its habitats drying up. It went into extinction.