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Stegotetrabelodon syrticus by WillemSvdMerwe Stegotetrabelodon syrticus by WillemSvdMerwe
This extinct elephant differed from modern ones in having FOUR long tusks, a pair in each jaw. It was as large as a big African elephant, standing 4 m at the shoulder, and lived in Africa and Arabia 6-8 million years ago.
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Bealmeister Nov 11, 2013  Student General Artist
an actual Mūmakil!
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Where do you think they got the idea? :-)

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Bealmeister Nov 13, 2013  Student General Artist
That makes sense.
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Seriously, elephants started out like this with tusks in the lower and upper jaw.  'Real' elephants lost the lower tusks ... for some reason the others all died out.
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Bealmeister Nov 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh I knew that! And each of the other elephant types had different variations on the lower tusks.
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Your paleoart is as great as your wild-life art work! Just wondering, do you have any reconstructions of dinosaurs or other archosaurs?
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Hello Vladimir! Yes I do have dinosaur and other archosaur reconstructions, but they're a bit out of date now. I did most of them in the late nineties, so there are many ones that will now need to have feathers added! But if you're interested I could submit some of them here ... when I have time I will do new dinosaur and archosaur and all other sorts of reconstructions. More prehistoric mammals too. And birds, everything I can get time for!
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Considering how fast the field of dinosaur paleontology is changing, especially in the last decade, it's no wonder that most, if not all dinosaur reconstructions, from the late 90's are now outdated. Though, judging from your work, I'm sure your dinosaur reconstructions are with high art value. Anyway, everything you upload here is of amazing quality and very inspiring to me, no matter if it's extant of extinct animal. Just keep uploading these beautiful drawings and paintings. :)
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