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Proboscidea Size Chart



Here are all the extinct proboscideans I have reconstructed, the culmination of about 2 months of work. Just to clarify this is my first attempt at a size chart and as you can see under the title, I've made a point of mentioning this is only roughly to scale. I pretty much eyeballed it based on skeletals and my individual reconstructions, so let me know if anything looks wildly off base. They all look pretty good as far as resolution goes, except for Moeritherium for some reason. 
From left to right (based on the very front of the animal, so Moeritherium goes before Platybelodon and Zygolophodon goes before P. falconeri thanks to those incredibly long tusks):
Woolly mammoth
Measurement Man
Palaeoloxodon namadicus
Palaeoloxodon falconeri
American mastodon

This is the most in-depth effort I've ever made for a single group of animals, and I learned quite a lot about the principles of scientific reconstruction, the "paleoart status quo", and proboscideans/elephants in general. I'll probably make a journal right after uploading this, in which case I'll link it. I would've reconstructed more species (Columbian mammoth for example) but I felt I was kinda running out of gas, and what better way to end than with the most famous extinct proboscidean? Thank you all for your support and encouragement, I loved reading your reactions to each crazy genus. Comment below which one you like best!
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1898Krag's avatar

INCREDIBLE ! I have always been fascinated by "primitive" mammals, especially elephants and whales. Being from Northern California were herds of elk still exist I always seemed to me there should be mammoths grazing among the redwood trees.