Diceros Information

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Temporal range: Late Miocene? − Recent
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Black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Perissodactyla
Family: Rhinocerotidae
Tribe: Dicerotini
Genus: Diceros
Gray, 1821

Diceros (Greek: "two" (dio), "horn" (keratos) [1]) is a genus of rhinoceros containing the living black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) and at least one extinct species. [2]


Diceros is generally believed to have branched off from an early species of Ceratotherium, specifically C. neumayri. [3] However an even older species than C. neumayri from the Miocene has been placed in Diceros ( D.australis). D. praecox is considered the direct ancestor of the black rhinoceros.


  1. ^ "Glossary. American Museum of Natural History". Archived from the original on 20 November 2021.
  2. ^ Werdelin, Lars; Sanders, William Joseph (2010). Cenozoic Mammals of Africa. University of California Press. p. 679. ISBN  9780520257214.
  3. ^ Geraads, Denis (2005). "Pliocene Rhinocerotidae (Mammalia) from Hadar and Dikka (Lower Awash, Ethiopia), and a revision of the origin of modern African rhinos" (PDF). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 25 (2): 451–461. doi: 10.1671/0272-4634(2005)025[0451:PRMFHA]2.0.CO;2. JSTOR  4524458.

External links

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  • Data related to Diceros at Wikispecies