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Elasmotherium caucasicum by WillemSvdMerwe Elasmotherium caucasicum by WillemSvdMerwe
Here is the finished full-colour version of Elasmotherium caucasicum, the giant unicorn, the sketch version of which you can see here: [link]. This was the largest known species of Elasmotherium, reaching perhaps 4.5 tonnes in weight. There are many unknowns about this giant prehistoric rhino. Reconstructions vary from smooth-skinned to furry; I chose furry (like many other reconstructions) because this species seems to have lived on cold steppes. The brown colour I chose is similar to other hairy rhinos like the Sumatran rhino and the extinct woolly rhinos. The legs are fairly long, indicating that this huge rhino could probably still gallop fast. The horn is speculative; no fossils of it have been found but I am sure this rhino had a horn since the big bump on its skull's forehead region is similar to other rough bumps underlying the horns of living rhino species. Also, the long vertebrae of the neck and upper back indicate a huge hump of powerful muscles, which would have been necessary for lifting and moving the heavy head and horn.
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Winmor Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Looks so real, especially the eye! Great work, again! Thanks. +fav 
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Thanks very much, glad you like it!
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Rhinos-Rule Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
No, thank you!:) 
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Rhinos-Rule Featured By Owner Edited Nov 19, 2014
Fabulous artwork sir, this terrific artwork makes me feel like I'm looking at the real Elasmotherium, what a distinctive masterpiece this is!:)

I'm a big fan of many stupendous artists on this site, and you're amongst them:)
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
Aw thank you very much!
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Pelycosaur24 Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
Wow,awesome work!
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:iconwillemsvdmerwe:
WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
Thanks very much!
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:iconburgald:
Burgald Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Great work there!
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:iconwillemsvdmerwe:
WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Thanks very much!
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:iconburgald:
Burgald Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Youre welcome sir!
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AAydar Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
ELASMOTHERIUM HORN  ___ RARE ___  RUSSIA   elasmotherium.blogspot.ru/
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Wow, is that authentic?  I didn't even know there was Elasmotherium cave art!  It looks like it might have had stripes!
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AAydar Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Hi, send me your address. I will send you the real pictures.
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Hybodus Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Nicely done. I like this reconstruction. Elasmotherium sure was a magnificent beast.
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:iconwillemsvdmerwe:
WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Thanks a lot!
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Hybodus Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
You are welcome!
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Fizap Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
10/10 would ride into battle
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
You can ride him bro, I'll pass!
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SameerPrehistorica Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist
well done..
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:iconwillemsvdmerwe:
WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Thank you very much!
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:iconemizael:
emizael Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Beautiful!
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:iconwillemsvdmerwe:
WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Thank you very much!
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painted-wolfs-den Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love how your stuff harkens back to classic illustrations. :D
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:iconwillemsvdmerwe:
WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Thanks a lot! I am a big fan of old-school illustrators.
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Zimices Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist
Great work, really looks imposing :) By the way, do you know if E. caucasicum and E. sibiricum are the same thing?
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Hello there, thanks! As far as I can tell E. caucasicum is older then E. sibiricum, and also larger, so they do seem to be different. I used this skeleton attributed to E. caucasicum to refer to for my illustration: [link]
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Zimices Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist
You're welcome and thanks for the link :)
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gytalf2000 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
That's fantastic!
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Thanks a lot!
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
That's my kind of unicorn!
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:iconwillemsvdmerwe:
WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Glad you like it!
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Paleo-reptiles Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
my web:
[link]

Best regards, Amin Khaleghparast (from Tehran, IRAN)

my Email:
keyvan_1878@yahoo.com
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Hi Amin, thanks for dropping by!
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Filly8 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You have such a beautiful style! And i love all the thought and research that goes into your works :) A well deserved watch!
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Thank you very much Filly8, it's nice to be appreciated!
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Filly8 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem, you deserve it!
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SaberToothedCatsFan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student
Amazing !!
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Thank you very much!
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just amazing, love your take on this massive beast! :wow:
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Thanks a lot Mathias!
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Amethyst-Deer Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist
It is so interesting to see creatures of the past. I love your drawings. ^_^
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Thank you Amethyst-Deer!
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
He looks mighty impressive :wow:, fantastic painting!
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Baie dankie Sarah!
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Graag gedaan :woohoo:
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elizaturquoise Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Fantastic, really ;)
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Thank you very much! Fantastic in the sense that I'm imagining it, mostly ...
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Voxl Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist
Dood this is awesome 10/10 would bang
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Glad you like it.
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ritsuka8aoyagi Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow that's perfect!! :0
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