This picture, like the others in this blog post, is by German artist Heinrich Harder (1858-1935). It depicts Moeritherium, one of the earliest species, ancestral to present day elephants.
This picture shows Palaeomastodon, which lived later than Moeritherium: about 36 million years ago.
Still later came Deinotherium, looking more like present day elephants; though its tusks pointed downwards.
Before elephant evolution led to the woolly mammoths of about 100,000 years ago, ancestors of these mammoths lived in Africa. They were Mammuthus subplanifrons. Ever since the 1920s, only a few small fossils of this species had been found.
Recently, Dutch paleontologist Dick Mol found an almost complete skeleton of such a fossil ancestor, 3-4 million years old, in Etosha national park in Namibia. Later, Mr Mol says, mammoths left Africa for Eurasia; and humans went along with them.
This video is a National Geographic Mammoth unearthed documentary.
Yesterday, in Amsterdam, the exhibition Giants of the Ice Age, on mammoths and similar animals, started.
Reblogged this on Art, animals, and the earth.
This is a great article. I came across amazing stories and animals I didn’t even know about from the past all week since I did my Thylacine article the other day. Thanks.
Thanks for your kind words!
Your thylacine article is at
Also on the thylacine:
Thanks for the link to your article from 2013. If only scientist payed a little more attention back then we would have more clues today. In my research quite a lot was lost in terms of understanding their (tigers) nature and temperament. Its not to say that the tiger could have been saved. There is some evidence that suggest that some records were also deliberately lost and that we are only making sense of things now. Don’t know if that is completely try though.
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