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Originally appearing in Volume V08, Page 278 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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DINOTHERIUM, an extinct mammal, fossil remains of which Cilicia for Rome (18o) and became a member of the senate. occur in the Miocene beds of France, Germany, Greece and During the reign of Commodus, Dio practised as an'advocate at Northern India. These consist chiefly of teeth and the bones of the Roman bar, and held the offices of aedile and quaestor. He the head. An entire skull, obtained from the Lower Pliocene was raised to the praetorship by Pertinax (193), but did not beds of Eppelsheim, Hesse-Darmstadt, in 1836, measured 4a ft. assume office till the reign of Septimius Severus, with whom he in length and 3 ft. in breadth, and indicates an animal exceeding was for a long time on the most intimate footing. By Macrinus the elephant in size. The upper jaw is apparently destitute of he was entrusted with the administration of Pergamum and incisor and canine teeth, but possesses five molars on each side, Smyrna; and on his return to Rome he was raised to the with a corresponding number in the jaw beneath. The most consulship about 220. After this he obtained the proconsulship remarkable feature, however, consists in the front part of the of Africa, and again on his return was sent as legate successively lower jaw being bent downwards and bearing two tusk-like to Dalmatia and Pannonia. He was raised a second time to incisors also directed downwards and backwards. Dinotherium the consulship by Alexander Severus, in 229; but on the plea is a member of the group Proboscidea, of the line of descent of of ill health soon afterwards retired to Nicaea, where he died. the elephants. Before writing his history of Rome ('Pco uzi h, or 'Pwµaud)
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