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PLATYBELODON by Sk00tie PLATYBELODON by Sk00tie
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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Znakomita praca Tomaszu !!! że też wczesniej Cię nie znalazłem :-)
Przynajmniej ja czekam na więcej !!!

Pozdrowienia Jacek
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:icontombola1993:
These Platybelodon are the wierdest member of the elephant family I've ever seen. I like them!!!
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:iconjurassicpark40:
This is stunning!!
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manwith0name Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Imagine seeing these in real-life...
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:iconmasonday:
COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!
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:iconsameerprehistorica:
Very nice...good job
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Sk00tie May 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks sir!
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:iconsameerprehistorica:
welcome..
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:iconciavatti:
Très beau travail de reconstitution, j'adore l'ambiance et le réalisme de la scène
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:iconlychicambess:
Its hard to imagine these creatures actually existed at one point! But just looking at today's elephant it's not so strange looking!
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