Tiny Cypriot hippo graveyard

Believe it or not, I was just talking to someone about dwarf hippos yesterday. And today I run across this interesting AP article about a dwarf hippo "abattoir" on Cyprus:

Paleontologists have unearthed an estimated 80 dwarf hippopotamuses in recent digs at the site located just outside the resort of Ayia Napa on the island's southeastern coast.
But possibly hundreds more may be lying beneath an exposed layer of jumbled fossils embedded in the crevices of an ancient coral reef formation that now overlooks the coastline.
Scientists hope the new fossil haul dated to 9,000-11,500 B.C. could offer vital clues to solving the long-standing quandary over when humans first set foot on this east Mediterranean island.

In a real example of "one-way" evolution, the hippos apparently swum there and then proceeded to lose their aquatic adaptations, becoming run-of-the-mill terrestrial herbivores.

Their physical traits also differed. Unlike modern hippos whose upturned nostrils that sit high up on the snout are appropriate for swimming, Cypriot hippos had lower-slung nostrils better suited to foraging on land.
According to [excavator Ioannis] Panayides, the fossils show the Cypriot hippos had legs and feet adapted to land rather than water, enabling them to stand on their hind legs to reach low-lying tree branches.

There's quite a bit in the article about the early human habitation of Cyprus, which on the basis of these finds would be pre-Neolithic. Personally, I just like little hippos...