An animal with the face of a crocodile, the front body of a lion and the back body of a hippo. What could they have been describing? It wasn’t uncommon for ancient people to find the fossilized bones of extinct animals. They usually didn’t understand these bones were from an extinct animal and no longer exists. For example, dinosaur bones were found and the myth of dragons came about.
“Andrewsarchus is an extinct genus of mammal that lived during the middle Eocene epoch in what is nowInner Mongolia, China. Only one species is usually recognized, A. mongoliensis, known from a single skull of great size discovered in 1923 during the expeditions of central Asia by the AMNH. Generally classified as a mesonychid since its original description, most recent studies recover it as an artiodactyl, in one study specifically, as a member of the cladeCetacodontamorpha, closely related to entelodonts, hippos and whales.”-Wikipedia