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European Wild Horse Colouration
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© 2017 - 2019 oxpecker
These illustrations were produced as part of my research for an infographic on Pleistocene (Ice Age) horse colouration. They are based on the findings of Pruvost et al. (2011) and Imsland et al. (2016). You will find more academic sources and information in the description of this deviation:
Colours of the Ice Age Horse by oxpecker

More from this project:
European Wild Horse Anatomy by oxpecker

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Tello640's avatar
Tello640|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Leopard pattern fascinates me because how rare and unusual White-spotting is outside of non-domesticated animals and the fact this coloration appeared before humans domesticated horses is very interesting.      
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oxpecker|Professional General Artist
Absolutely, I was amazed and delighted when I first read about it.
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Falcolf|Professional General Artist
Super neat, beautiful work! :D
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oxpecker|Professional General Artist
Thanks so much!
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kalmanen's avatar
Very interesting! :) 
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oxpecker|Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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leptoceratops|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is awesome, colour genetics is one of my passions, and its exiting to see evidence based speculation on the colour morphs of extinct life.
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oxpecker|Professional General Artist
Very nice to hear from someone who shares this interest with me! Thank you very much for your comment.
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leptoceratops|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
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rhedkrow|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is probably the best design/guide on prehistoric horse colours I've ever seen!! And trust me I am always looking for this kind of information on the internet! Damn, I REALLY hope one day a publisher finds you and asks you to illustrate a book on prehistoric horses. 

I would 100% support you if you did a Kickstarter!
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oxpecker|Professional General Artist
Your support means the world to me :hug: Thank you as always!
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CSStables|Professional Digital Artist
:drool: Gosh these illustrations are so gorgeous Llama Emoji-23 (Shyness) [V1] 
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oxpecker|Professional General Artist
:hug: Thank you dear!
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Alextrim92's avatar
This is amazing!!!! prehistoric horse colors have always been my huge interest! a new study has shown that horses before the end of the ice ages were bay based.. non agouti horses( grulla or black) started to appear with the end of the last ice age with the increase of the forests and so helping them blend in to the under growth! 
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oxpecker|Professional General Artist
Thanks for the comment!
Are you referring to the paper by Pruvost and colleagues (2011)?
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www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artic…

this is the link to the study and there is a pdf which is quite interesting to read! i think its from 2009 , i will look at the 2011 study you just mentioned
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oxpecker|Professional General Artist
Thank you very much for the link! The PDF is really fascinating.
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Alextrim92's avatar
your art illustrates it perfectly!!!! 
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Astrokiwi|Hobbyist General Artist
Bay dun is awesome :love:
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oxpecker|Professional General Artist
I agree!
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