Bernard Long (biography)Medium:
Gouache on BoardSize:
11" x 8" (280mm x 195mm)Date:
1980This is the original Gouache painting by Bernard Long.
Andrewsarchus is known only from an enormous, meter-long skull and pieces of bone, but the skull's similarity to that of smaller mesonychids suggests that Andrewsarchus had the same wolf-like body on a larger scale. The skull, the only fossil bone known, was itself over a metre long.
Extrapolating from the body proportions of similar mesonychids, Andrewsarchus was most likely about 4-6 metres (13-18 feet) long, standing nearly 2 metres (6 feet) at the shoulder, making it the largest terrestrial carnivorous mammal that has ever existed.
It probably averaged about 1500 kilograms in weight with some exceptional animals over 2000 kilograms, making it over twice as heavy as most Kodiak brown bears, and rather heavier than a Percheron horse. An original painting from the book Prehistoric Animals illustrated by Bernard Long.