Ippopotamo (Hippopotamus anphibius)
Reconstructive drawing (T. D’Este)

Hippopotamus anphibius

The "king of rivers" had, during the Pleistocene, features very similar to that of current hippos. It was taller than one and a half meters at the shoulder and had a large, flat, wide head and tiny eyes and ears. The large nostrils could be closed for frequent dives and its canines,  with continuous growth, could reach 80 cm in length.

Water was his natural environment. Although herbivore It could sometimes be very aggressive. It appeared in Italy and Europe about 500,000 years ago and was particularly widespread in the last interglacial. It disappeared with the early stages of the last glacial.

Masterpieces of the hall

The hall

Sala Espositiva

Inside the showcases located in the exhibition room, some of the more than 2000 fossil remains, found during excavation and representing the identified species, were placed.

Fossil remains of Zelkova crenata, Tree of Judah and Laurel was discovered in the deposit. Fossil remains of Zelkova leaves are exposed.