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Platybelodon ("flat-tusk") was a genus of large herbivorous mammal related to the elephant (order Proboscidea). It lived during the Miocene Epoch, about 15-4 million years ago, and ranged over Africa, Europe, Asia and North America. Although it thrived during its time, it did not survive past the Miocene and is now extinct. Some have speculated that it became too specialized and was unable to adapt to changing environmental conditions. Platybelodon was previously believed to have fed in the swampy areas of grassy savannas using its teeth to shovel up aquatic and semi-aquatic vegetation. However, wear patterns on the teeth suggest that it used its lower tusks to strip bark from trees. Platybelodon was very similar to the Amebelodon, another gomphothere species. Another possibility is that it used its shovel-tusks to dig for water in dry seasons.
Due to the shape of the two lower teeth, which are worn by many gomphothere species (such as Platybelodon, Archaeobelodon, and Amebelodon) they are popularly known as shovel tuskers.[Wikipedia]

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LeDorean's avatar

That looks weird.

wojti2000's avatar
Aka: the shovel elephant.
A2812's avatar
Znakomita praca Tomaszu !!! że też wczesniej Cię nie znalazłem :-)
Przynajmniej ja czekam na więcej !!!

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tombola1993's avatar
These Platybelodon are the wierdest member of the elephant family I've ever seen. I like them!!!
JurassicPark40's avatar
This is stunning!!
manwith0name's avatar
Imagine seeing these in real-life...
SameerPrehistorica's avatar
Very nice...good job
Sk00tie's avatar
Très beau travail de reconstitution, j'adore l'ambiance et le réalisme de la scène
LychiCambess's avatar
Its hard to imagine these creatures actually existed at one point! But just looking at today's elephant it's not so strange looking!
Very nice restoration!!
What species is it based on?
Kyofan111's avatar
you know how to read a description right?
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UrbanPrimitive's avatar
Gorgeous. Platy's one of my favorite megafauna.
Frictor's avatar
Really nice work. Love the detail in the grass, the texture on the skin and the background. Really under-viewed!
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