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When proboscids were hunted in Brazil

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Humans hunting a Notiomastodon platensis calf. Pleistocene, archaeological region Lagoa Santa Karst, Brazil.

The scene is based on the skull of a ~1 year old Notiomastodon showing a perforation caused by a human artifact. The nature and location of the perforation indicates that the blow was struck to kill the animal, showing unprecedented evidence that humans hunted proboscids in South America.

It is interesting to note that the depicted woman is based on the skull reconstruction of "Luzia", one of the oldest and most important South American human fossils. She prepares to strike the calf that is falling on its right side, a position inferred by the direction of the perforation.

The illustration was made in 2016 under the invitation and supervision of Leonardo Avilla and Dimila Mothé, and is a figure of their publication. It was a pleasure to illustrate this important finding!

Check the paper here:
Mothé, D., Avilla, L. S., Araújo-Júnior, H. I., Rotti, A., Prous, A., & Azevedo, S. A. K. (2020). An artifact embedded in an extinct proboscidean sheds new light on human-megafaunal interactions in the Quaternary of South America. Quaternary Science Reviews, 229, 106125. doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.20…

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Why are the two humans so sexy

(Bonk) Go to horny jail!

Winter-Alpha-Wolf's avatar
Amazing do you take art trades?
Vitor-Silva's avatar
Thank you! Sorry, I don't :(
JACKTHEPROSLEGEND's avatar
That guy: *gotta go fast*
YellowPanda2001's avatar
You cut the image right on the butt XD
Vitor-Silva's avatar
Those convenient compositions to hide the nudism lol
YellowPanda2001's avatar
She's not naked, though. She has collars and bracelets XD
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SheTheTDE's avatar

poor baby brazilian elephant

Vitor-Silva's avatar
Even with all the importance of the finding, I can't help but feel sorry for the little calf :(
Wesdaaman's avatar
You know, there could be small relic populations of Neotropical gomphotheres in hiding, we just don't know it. Perhaps both in the Amazon Basin, around the Andes and in Central America.
Sarsath's avatar
I doubt that.
KaijuGamer2003's avatar
Who knows, maybe there are, most of South America is still remote to hide a small population.
Wesdaaman's avatar
Still, life is filled with so many unexpected surprises. Remember the phenomenon of Lazarus taxa... it happened recently for a kind of Galapagos tortoise and a few insect species...
zebG's avatar
That guy is coming over for more than one type of booty
Tarturus's avatar
Good depiction. :thumbsup:
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