Brontotherium, known more informally as rhinos, were large mammals that lived during the ice ages.
Thickly-skinned with tough, leathery hides, brontotheres had small ears and eyes, short necks, thick bodies, short tails and short, stout legs with flat, three-toed feet. Above all, however, the brontotheres had large, two-pointed horns, with some individuals sporting a thin, two-pointed horn and others one large, flat horn with two dull ends. Brontotheres usually moved in herds and, when prompted to, were able to run quickly, charging down their path.
Brontotheres, like many other animals of the ice ages, were among those that migrated with the other herds of animals south for the winters, leaving behind the frozen forests and plains that they had inhabited before.
Few, if any brontotheres, resided in the Ice Valley, though one young male was among the younglings that resided in the valley, making use of the naturally-formed ice waterpark. This young male had been among those mammals that had encountered a Tyrannosaurus, a species of animal long since thought extinct.
Brontotheres, during the continental drift, were not among those that traveled across the sea to a new landmass with the other herds of mammals.
- Ice Age (First appearance)
- Ice Age: The Meltdown
- Ice Age: The Great Escape
- Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
- Ice Age Village
- Ice Age Adventures
Behind the Scenes
Brontotheres, though referred to as "rhinos" in the Ice Age series, were not closely related to rhinos at all: the trademark horn of brontotheres, unlike those of rhinos, is made of solid bone.
The brontotheres shown in Ice Age were two different species: Brontotherium and Embolotherium, which had varying horns, one large, thin, double-pointed horn and one large, flat, double ended horn, respectively.
True brontotheres were approximately the size of an African elephant, sporting four toes on their front feet and three in the back. The brontotheres shown in the series are more the size of modern rhinos and have three toes on all four feet.
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