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Scientific classification
Kingdom Information
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Bilateria
Branch Deuterostomia
Phylum Information
Phylum Chordata
Sub-phylum Vertebrata
Infraphylum Gnathostomata
Class Information
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Mammalia
Sub-class Theriiformes
Infra-class Holotheria
Order Information
Superorder Preptotheria
Order Artiodactyla
Sub-order Ruminantia
Family Information
Superfamily Giraffoidea
Family Giraffidae
Sub-family Giraffinae
Tribe Information
Tribe Giraffini
Genus Information
Genus Khersonotherium
Population statistics

Khersonotherium is a genus of extinct relatives of the giraffe, and named for the city of Kherson, Kherson Peoples Republic, near where the first specimens were found.


Remains of the animal indicate it stood approximately 5 feet at the shoulder, and was built like a slender okapi. Unlike its giraffid relatives, khersonotherium did not have ossicones, the bone-like "horns" on top of the head. Like the okapi, the neck was relatively short, giving the skeletal remains at least a passing resemblance to an antelope.

Remains have been found in eastern Europe and Africa. Currently, the National Museum of Natural History in Kiev, Ukraine has the only complete, fully-mounted specimen.

Evolutionary claimsEdit

Khersonotherium is one of 22 genera of giraffid, and has been claimed by evolutionists to be an ancestor of living giraffes, with a placement in the middle Miocene Era, some 13 - 15 million years ago. It should be noted that at no time has there ever been a series of fossils found which would indicate the growth of the long neck living giraffes have; nearly all of the 22 genera of extinct giraffid were either short-necked, "okapi-like" animals, or remains were lacking.

Creationists believe that khersonotherium was created on the sixth day of the Creation Week along with the rest of terrestrial wildlife by an act of God between 6 - 10 thousand years ago.