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Ngandong tiger (Panthera tigris soloensis) was the largest subspecies of tiger (Panthera tigris). Fossils of P. t. soloensis have been found primarily in the village of Ngandong, hence the common name. Only seven fossils are known, making study of the animal difficult.

The few remains of P. t. soloensis known suggest that the animal would have been about the size of a modern-day Bengal tiger. However, other specimens suggest an animal larger than any of the modern tigers in Indonesia. Heltler and Volmer (2007) estimated that a large male could potentially weigh up to 470 kg (1,040 pounds), heavier than the Bengal tiger, one of the largest extant cats. Although Raúl Valvert (2014) later estimated the straight length to be between 172–233 centimetres (5.64–7.64 feet), while the length over the curves was estimated to be 258–350 centimetres (8.46–11.48 feet). The minimum weight for females was estimated at 143 kg (315 pounds), with males weighing up to 368 kg (811 pounds), with exceptional specimen weighing up to 400 kg (880 pounds).

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Largest prehistoric mammals

After the extinction of the dinosaurs, approximately 66 million years ago, the rise of mammals begun. There were mammals on earth before that date, but after the Cretaceous–Paleogene (K–Pg) extinction event (a mass extinction of some three-quarters of the plant and animal species on Earth—including all non-avian dinosaurs), mammals took over the medium- to large-sized ecological niches.

Some of them reached enormous sizes, usually they were larger than today’s counterparts (with the exception of whales). Here are some of the largest known prehistoric mammals.
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