Anyone who knows me for more than 15 minutes knows I’m a total dinosaur nerd. Seriously – I’ll draw them any chance I get. But today, when stumbling through the Dinosaurus (my favourite book for reference pictures when I’ve got artist block), I fumbled past dinosaurs into the “great big prehistoric land mammals” section – and decided to try something a little different.
His name is Paraceratherium (say that ten times fast). He’s tall – a giraffe on tippy-toes would only come up to his shoulder. He’s muscular, weighing in at up to 20 metric tons. He’s 30 million years old and a member of the Rhinocerous family – in fact, he probably belongs to one of the first rhino subgroups to evolve. He’s also likely the largest land mammal to ever exist.
And I somehow made him look …pony-ish. I think it’s the floofy tail.
Dinosaurs are cool. But so are 20-ton super-quasi-rhinos with goofy proportions, it turns out.