- Upper Eocene
- La Debruge, France
- This specimen measures approx. 2 1/4 long and will come in the 6.25″ x 8.25″ Riker Mount with Label as shown.
Palaeotherium (‘old beast’) is an extinct genus of primitive perissodactyl ungulate. George Cuvier originally described them as being a kind of tapir, and as such, Palaeotherium is popularly reconstructed as a tapir-like animal. Recent reexaminations of the skulls show that the nasal cavity was not shaped to support a small trunk, thus starting a recent trend to reconstruct them as looking more horse-like. Recent anatomical studies also suggest that Palaeotherium, along with other palaeothere genera such as Hyracotherium, were closely related to horses.