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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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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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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
Thanks very much!
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Burgald Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Great work there!
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Thanks very much!
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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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