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Paraceratherium by Harry-the-Fox Paraceratherium by Harry-the-Fox
Finally back!
And I decided to come back with an animal I've wanted to do for ages- the Paraceratherium (better known as the indricotherium for anyone that watched the BBC's "Walking with Beasts").

This work was done by a new technique by collecting photographs of museum displays and also skeletal/anatomical diagrams (in this case of both the paraceratherium and the rhinoceros to double check how the flesh joins on) and drawing the animal over the top to ensure maximum accuracy.
Of course, there are some obstacles- a lot of displays and diagrams arrange the bones slightly differently- and there seems to be a HUGE discrepancy between different reconstructions over how long the neck vertebrae and the overall neck itself actually was- with some suggesting something much shorter (closer to most modern ungulates) and some other lengths very long indeed. I cautiously angled towards the slightly shorter end of the spectrum (though still vastly longer than some have depicted it). These proportions are roughly how most paraceratheriums are depicted.
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PCAwesomeness Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016
Wow, that's amazing.

Shame it got dwarfed by some elephant, though.
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
To be fair, it's a pretty awesome elephant.
And technically speaking, it seems to be a close match- the main factor tipping the scales to Palaeoloxodon Namadicus is the fact that the Paraceratherium is very er, 'gracile' for such a huge animal- while the elephant had an insanely heavy build.
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PCAwesomeness Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
Wow.
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah- it's REALLY shocking when we consider that it seemed almost certain that Paraceratherium was massively pushing the boundaries of mammal size, suggesting that such a feat was only possible by stretching out a 'light' body to fantastic proportions (much like the popular Deinotherium did by having elongated legs)...
....and then we get an elephant that reaches the same size, and was simply really big.
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PCAwesomeness Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016
Yeah.
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mark0731 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015
Good work, though I don't agree with the weigh estimate of 12 tonnes, I think 16-17 tonnes is more likely, since it is a large individual, not an average sized (an average sized 11 tonne Paraceratherium is about 4.2 m tall at the shoulders, while a large is 4.8 m tall at the shoulders).
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
That's a VERY good point- and makes sense seeing that a large Paraceratherium is vastly above 2x larger (but probably a bit less than 3x larger) than an African Bush Elephant (which usually weighs up to 5.5 tonnes; though on that note I should double-check if THAT size was for average specimens (usually 3.3m at the shoulder) to very large ones reaching up to 4m).

On a side note, I've actually been planning to do an update on this image soon (much better detail among other things- the image is mostly complete); I'm mainly just doing the research behind it- and I'll be sure to double check the weights next time as well.
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mark0731 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015
Ok. I just want to make clear that 16-17 tonnes is based on that two source: Gregory S. Paul (1992). "The size and bulk of extinct giant land herbivores" (PDF). and Larramendi, A. (2015). "Shoulder height, body mass and shape of proboscideans" (PDF). Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 60. doi:10.4202/app.00136.2014.
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! I must check those out! Thanks so much!
(it's unfortunately very rare I get shown actually-scientific articles, and have needed to hunt them down personally- so doubly thanks!)
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IamHEAVYPOOTISMAN Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015
Daaaaawww, I miss the old days of indricotherium and non-villous dromaeosaurs. I feel so old now :C (even though I'm not even 20)
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AnonymousLlama428 Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Student General Artist
Awesome!
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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alpha512 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
is it the same as indricotherium?
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yep! Same animal- it's simply a matter of debate what it should be called (these days Paraceratherium seems to be the most accepted name).
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Cypselurus Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work! 
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Cypselurus Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :)
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darklord86 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Great job!
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers!
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darklord86 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
:)
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RoFlo-Felorez Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Indricotherium!! :D haha great style :)
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers!
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