‘Killer Pig’, © Ray Troll , 2004

 Related to pigs and camels, entelodonts were large pig-like bruisers that lived in North America and Asia in the Eocene to Miocene periods. Up to two tons in size with canine teeth the size of broken baseball bats, these animals appeared to be ferocious as could be. Archaeotherium was one particularly wicked looking member of this scary-looking bunch and artist Ray Troll became obsessed with them, sketching them over and over. He’s convinced they were one of the top predators of their day. Their molars suggest that they might actually have been gnarly vegetarians rather than meat-eating carnivores. The debate continues. What do you think?— Kirk Johnson, RT

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