How did Africa's animals get so big while on other continents they are generally

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  1. wiserworld profile image90
    wiserworldposted 5 years ago

    How did Africa's animals get so big while on other continents they are generally much smaller?

  2. d.william profile image71
    d.williamposted 5 years ago

    The size of animals is directly related to the area in which they live.  Large wide open spaces, that required massive movements of the herds to find water and food, contributed to the evolution of these large animals. Their size is directly related to their survival.  The bigger they grew, the more ground they could cover, and the fewer rivals, and predators,  they had to face.

    1. DreamerMeg profile image86
      DreamerMegposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      There is also the well-known OPPOSITE phenomenon, where animals confined to small islands become smaller in size.

    2. d.william profile image71
      d.williamposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Dreamer: True. I did not address it, as i thought it would be understood. Thanks for pointing that out as well.

  3. Insane Mundane profile image60
    Insane Mundaneposted 5 years ago

    Because they need to grow larger to keep more weight in the southern hemisphere.  Since we have so much humanoid obesity going on in the northern hemisphere, we needed something to counter-balance this or else a polar shift would occur.  LOL!

    1. d.william profile image71
      d.williamposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Your answer is hysterical.  It made my day.  I needed a good laugh.

    2. arksys profile image90
      arksysposted 5 years agoin reply to this


  4. junkseller profile image84
    junksellerposted 5 years ago

    There were large animals on all continents. The Americas had giant sloths, mastodons, and camels. Australia had creatures like the Diprotodon (a hippopatamus sized wombat like creature, the Procoptodon (a 500 pound giant kangaroo), and the Megalania (a 23 foot monitor lizard). Europe had mammoths, giant polar bears, and several varieties of rhinoceros, and Asia has/had elephants and hippos.

    Except for Asia and Africa, these creatures have been wiped out. The cause is still being debated but generally it is believed it was due to human hunting, climate changes, and/or the additive pressures from both.


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