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9/18/21 – the elephant bird’s last stand

While it seems New Zealand’s moa get all the press attention, Madagascar had its own avian giants. The fabled elephant birds were flightless, wingless ratite birds who tromped around Madagascar as early as the Oligocene epoch and may have held out until only ~120 CE (Hawkins & Goodman, 2003). While elephant birds never reached theContinue reading “9/18/21 – the elephant bird’s last stand”

9/5/2021 – on giant walruses and bone-crushing dogs

On the topic of unexpected roles in paleoart, let’s talk about walruses. These great, blubbery brutes (kidding…!) are noteworthy amongst sealkind for their distinguishable tusks, but walruses hide a….surprisingly dark secret that goes largely unnoticed in the public eye. Yep, the animal kingdom holds many surprises: herbivores can be jerks, apex predators spend most ofContinue reading “9/5/2021 – on giant walruses and bone-crushing dogs”

8/26/21 – Pelorovis PSA: the REAL(???) Syncerus antiquus, plus Balearic Islands and Nigerian dwarf goats

Oh, Syncerus antiquus, how you grip the mind! This large African buffalo, previously included in the dubious genus Pelorovis (“monstrous sheep”), is (in?)famous amongst paleontologists and paleoartists alike for its ludicrous headgear: two massive horns that stretched almost its entire body length and then some! While this post is partially a big self-pat-on-the-back (I’ve beenContinue reading “8/26/21 – Pelorovis PSA: the REAL(???) Syncerus antiquus, plus Balearic Islands and Nigerian dwarf goats”

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