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Sivatherium giganteum by WillemSvdMerwe Sivatherium giganteum by WillemSvdMerwe
This was the largest known prehistoric giraffe. It was very heavily built with short legs and a large head, with moose-like 'antlers'. They were in fact ossicones, the horn-like structures surviving giraffes have, bone covered with skin, although if the males fought with each other the skin probably rubbed off the tips in time. This genus was found from Africa to Asia from a few million years to less than a million years ago, with numerous species; this is the largest one with the most elaborate ossicones. Watercolour.
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Have you seen this article: scienceblogs.com/tetrapodzoolo…
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Paraceratherium Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
Those missing pieces should resolve the identity of the model species., but those supra-orbital horns can still throw one off. Darren Naish has also discussed the apparent mini-mammoth drawn in an Egyptian procession. I trust his blog journal, because he does have the scientific credentials to investigate puzzling questions and offers you the benefit of the doubt.
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tbonegirl28 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student General Artist
I love these things! Kinda creepy, but also fascinating. 
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
I don't think they're creepy ... weird, certainly!  I wish I knew what they *really* looked like!
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TarbosaurusBatar Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work.
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Thanks!
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TarbosaurusBatar Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome.
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SplicedBeast Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice painting.
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Thank you!
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