Thank you to the wonderful birthday wishes by my fellow DA-ers!
My latest chart- the largest mammoth species known to man; the Steppe Mammoth (aka Mammuthus trogontherii)! As you can see, it's freaking HUGE (the scary part is, there are elephants that grew even bigger).
This size is scaled up to JUST be the exact height as described by Larramendi (2015). As I mentioned, this size is rather exceptional- though the more typical sizes are about the size of exceptionally gigantic African Elephants.
1- The new background colour: I picked it because I felt it was gentler on the eyes when trying to read. Like it? Hate it? Want the old blue or green format back? Please let me know!
2- Fur. Although there is some debate as to whether THIS mammoth species is hairy, I would strongly lean to YES. Aside from likely being a direct descendant of the Woolly Mammoth- it, more importantly, lived in places like SIBERIA and HARBIN (China). Now, I'm no geologist, so I can't make any claim on micro-climatic effects during the Pleistocene- I'm just casually making an assumption that these regions (which were in the same position back then) might get cold during winter-time (more info below).
3- Ears; I depicted the ears as straight downward flops, assuming (again) it was cold and would probably want to hold its ears in an attempt to stop icy winds tickling its eardrums.
Plus, while my knowledge of Siberian climate is entirely vicarious, I can vouch personally that Harbin is REALLY, REALLY friggin cold
Just to convey how cold it is- my tolerance of cold climates is astronomical. A modern-day viking of legend wearing light clothing during midwinter nights on Frankfurt station level.
I can wear a t-shirt in the Australian outback before the sun-rises (deserts are sub-zero before the first rays come through- and usually eskimo suit temperature for the northern-European tourists who were with me).
In Harbin, I had to wear like, 3 eskimo suits over each other, and my eyelashes formed stalactites. The air is so cold I had to breathe through my own scarf to stop my own lungs from solidifying into ice. The idea that this place could ever be warm all-year round is simply alien to me. So I refuse to believe it!
Hope you like it!