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Koch's Hydrarchus. Composed of Portions of the Skeletons of Several Zeuglodons

Koch's Hydrarchus. Composed of Portions of the Skeletons of Several Zeuglodons.jpg A Great Sea Lizard Tylosaurus DyspeloThumbnailsA Tooth of Zeuglodon, One of the 'Yoke Teeth,' from which it derives the nameA Great Sea Lizard Tylosaurus DyspeloThumbnailsA Tooth of Zeuglodon, One of the 'Yoke Teeth,' from which it derives the nameA Great Sea Lizard Tylosaurus DyspeloThumbnailsA Tooth of Zeuglodon, One of the 'Yoke Teeth,' from which it derives the name

One might think that a creature sixty or seventy feet long was amply long enough, but Dr. Albert Koch thought otherwise, and did with Zeuglodon as, later on, he did with the Mastodon, combining the vertebræ of several individuals until he had a monster 114 feet long! This he exhibited in Europe under the name of Hydrarchus, or water king, finally disposing of the composite creature to the Museum of Dresden, where it was promptly reduced to its proper dimensions. The natural make-up of Zeuglodon is sufficiently composite without any aid from man, for the head and paddles are not unlike those of a seal, the ribs are like those of a manatee, and the shoulder blades are precisely like those of a whale, while the vertebræ are different from those of any other animal, even its own cousin and lesser contemporary Dorudon

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Animals of the Past
By Frederic A. Lucas
Published in 1901
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