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Bernard Long
The Elephants Ancestor (Original)

The Elephants Ancestor (Original) by Bernard Long at The Illustration Art Gallery

Ref: LongPlatybelodon (Click for LARGE picture)

Artist: Bernard Long (biography)
Medium: Gouache on Board
Size: 10" x 14" (260mm x 360mm)
Date: 1982

This is the unique original Gouache painting by Bernard Long.

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, and may have used the sharp incisors that formed the edge of the "shovel" more like a modern-day scythe, grasping branches with its trunk and rubbing them against the lower teeth to cut it from a tree.

Published in the book Prehistoric Animals by Long and Rupert Oliver.

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Bernard Long

Bernard Long