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Re: America's earliest paleoartist authenticated

It looks more like a rhinoceros to me (though rjhinos apparently disappeared 
from North America in the Pliocene), but researchers have identified it as a 
bison (which is certainly more likely); Brontotheres are pretty much confined 
the Eocene.

A much more exciting candidate, if it is not a bison, might be Toxodon, which 
certainly survived into the Pleistocene and was apparently hunted by humans - 
but, unfortunately, in South, not North, America!  A bison after all?

 Ronald Orenstein
1825 Shady Creek Court
Mississauga, ON L5L 3W2

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Subject: Re: America's earliest paleoartist authenticated

Obviously there was too much flipping back and forth between pictures
so I mis-remembered which legs of the mammoth engraving looked
unfinished. At any rate, the emphasis on the stride and the beautifully
nuanced front leg and shoulder are exceptional.

HOWEVER... check out this NAT GEO page from earlier this year:


No word on the possible age of this art from Utah, but it's very
intriguing. Also, in the comments section, someone has suggested that
the second animal may be a brontothere. Could this be possible?

-- Donna Braginetz