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Pelorovis species

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Three of the four species of the Pleistocene bovid genus Pelorovis ("Monstrous Sheep").

In the back is P. oldowayensis. Lying in front of it is P. turkanensis, with a horn-span of around 3 to 4 meters from tip to tip. Kneeling is the water buffalo-like P. antiquus, which was once regarded as a true water buffalo, being originally placed in the genus Bubalus.
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CartoonBen's avatar
:) (Smile) Cool. I like how you drew the horns.
EmperorNortonII's avatar
Looks like the cape buffalo descended from these!
avancna's avatar
They are related, yes. Though, at first, the people who discovered the first species thought, on account of their horns, that they were members of the tribe "Ovibovini," (i.e., muskoxen, takin and friends) hence the genus name.
Megalania1859's avatar
quite an interesting array of horns.
avancna's avatar
I never was able to find a picture of the 4th species.
Megalania1859's avatar
ever hear of a book called Evolving Eden?
avancna's avatar
Yes, I ordered through Borders, and it only has pictures of two species, and no pictures of Prolibytherium.

I've been conferencing with my lawyers over whether to sue Mr Anton and Dr Turner, or whether to write a scolding letter so scathingly worded that it will singe their eyebrows off upon the first reading.
Megalania1859's avatar
huh. Cause when i write my book on Ca fossil vertebrates, you can bet there will be plenty of pictures and photographs. Oh, yeah, i have a picture of prolibytherium in one of my old zoobooks.
avancna's avatar
So do I, though, something tells me that the only thing accurate about that picture is the shape of the ossicones.
Megalania1859's avatar
It was drawn by Mark Hallett. He does really good work. You can trust him.
avancna's avatar
Which book was it in?
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