Temporal range: Late Pliocene
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A life restoration of Kvabebihyrax kachethicus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Hyracoidea
Family: Pliohyracidae
Subfamily: Pliohyracinae
Genus: Kvabebihyrax
Gabunia & Vekua, 1966
Species: K. kachethicus
Binomial name
Kvabebihyrax kachethicus
Gabunia & Vekua, 1966

Kvabebihyrax is an extinct genus of hyrax from the European Pliocene .

With a length of 1.6 metres (5 ft 4 in), Kvabebihyrax was much larger than modern hyraxes. Its robust body and its eyes were placed high on the skull that gave it a hippopotamus-like appearance. Enhancing this was the small size of the eyes. It also had large incisors in both jaws.

Kvabebihyrax was genus of very large fossil hyraxes of the Pliohyracidae family. It lived only in the South Caucasus (Eastern Georgia) in the Late Pliocene. Distinguished by its large size, the length of their massive body reach 1.5 m. The orbits are small, considerably above the level of outstanding forehead and were turned to the side, with a hand made far beyond the skull.Judging by the relatively short and very high nasal bones, as well as cutting out a large nose, and the noticeable stretching back Kvabebihyrax could have a small proboscis. It is possible that marked the original combination of features in Kvabebihyrax points to its adaptation to living near rivers and lakes, wetland thickets of the forest thickets.The protrusion of the eye sockets were above the forehead, like a hippopotamus, which also ability to hide in water. Perhaps it is in an aquatic medium-sized animal that could swim up onto land to get away from water predators for protection incase of an emergency.

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