Tag: Antilopinae

Hezhengia bohlini (Antilopinae), Miocene, China

H. bohlini was a species of bovid that was found in the Liushu Formation at the Linxia Basin in China. Most likely it was a mixed feeder doing both grazing and browsing.

Coloured pencil, 2020

32 x 24 cm

Plesiaddax depereti (Urmiatherini), Miocene, Eurasia

The Urmiatherini, which are close related to modern goat-antelopes (Caprini), are an extinct group of very diverse-looking bovids. One genus of them was Plesiaddax, which had horns different from any today’s forms, but a body similar to extant wildebeests (Connochaetes). According to this it was a resident of more open habitats, where it fed mostly on grass.

Coloured pencil, 2020

30 x 24 cm

Thaleroceros radiciformis, Lower – Middle Pleistocene, East Africa

This antelope is probably a member of the reedbuck-relatives (Reduncini). This is supposed on account of the direction of the horns and the presence of a second pair of horns. This feature is sometimes visible in modern reedbucks. According to Prof. Dr. Hans Reck (1886-1937), who described the fossil, this second pair of horns were not covered by keratin. Because of the scarce remains, which show not much more than the impressive horns, its systematic position remains unclear.

Coloured pencil, 2020

32 x 24 cm

Alpine chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra rupicapra)

Oil paint on canvas, 2019

40 x 30 cm

The picture originated during the symposium “Kunst am Berg”, Panoramarestaurant BergDiamant Fiss/Austria.

Alpine ibex (Capra ibex)

Oil paint on panel, 2019

40 x 30 cm

The picture originated during the symposium “Kunst am Berg”, Panoramarestaurant BergDiamant Fiss/Austria.

Numidocapra crassicornis (Bovidae), Early Pleistocene, North- and East Africa

Fossils of this widespread species were found in Ethiopia, Djibouti and Algeria. Temporary it was placed in Caprinae. A special feature are the horns that curve foreward in side view. The name means “goat from Numidia”, an ancient kingdom in North Africa.

Coloured pencil, 2018

30 x 24 cm

Parmularius maasaicus (Bovidae); Pleistocene, East Africa

A medium-sized alcelaphine which was only found at Olduvai Gorge. I could be an ancestor of the extant hartebeests (Alcelaphus). It was named in honor of the Maasai people who live in the Olduvai Gorge area.

Coloured pencil, 2018

30 x 24 cm

Megalotragus kattwinkeli (Bovidae), Pleistocene, East Africa

M. kattwinkeli is with expected 250 kg one of the biggest alcelaphines and closely related to the modern wildebeest. The horn cores vary a lot in this species, from a more compressed type with their tips curving inwards in smaller specimens to a more elongated type in bigger individuals. There is also a tendency to a domed skull with hollows, but not as distinct like that in Megalotragus atopocranion. The locality of M. kattwinkeli is the famous Olduvai Gorge in northern Tanzania. Here it occured with Paranthropus boiseiHomo habilis and Homo erectus. It was named after the German paleontologist and neurologist Wilhelm Kattwinkel (1866 – 1935).

Coloured pencil, 2018

30 x 24 cm

Megalotragus atopocranion (Bovidae), Late Pleistocene, East Africa

This is the most popular of fossil alcelaphines because of a unique feature in mammals: a domed skull with hollows and air passages, which probably were used for infrasonic communication with fellows. M. atopocranion was a grazer, which was possibly hunted by modern man (Homo sapiens). It is better known under its synonym Rusingoryx atopocranion, named after its location Rusinga Island at Lake Victoria.

Coloured pencil, 2018

30 x 24 cm

Damalborea elisabethae (Bovidae), Middle Pliocene, East Africa

This prehistoric alcelaphine was discovered at the Hadar-Formation in Ethiopia. It lived there about 3,3 million years ago together amongst others with the hominin Australopithecus afarensis. It was named after paleontologist Elisabeth Vrba.

Coloured pencil, 2018

30 x 24 cm

Damalacra neanica (Bovidae), Early Pliocene, South Africa

An alcelaphine that lived about 5,3 – 3,6 million years ago. Probably their feeding niches range from browsers to mixed feeders. D. neanica was about as large as today’s blesbok (Damaliscus pygargus phillipsi).

Coloured pencil, 2018

30 x 24 cm

Dorcas gazelle (Gazella dorcas)

Pencil, 2018

21 x 15 cm

The picture was drawn from a zoological specimen at the natural history museum in Waldenburg.

Lelwel Hartebeest (Alcelaphus lelwel), signposted at the museum as Lichtenstein’s hartebeest (Alcelaphus lichtensteinii), which is impossible because of the horn shape.

Pencil, 2018

29,5 x 21 cm

The picture was drawn from a zoological specimen at the natural history museum in Waldenburg.

Domestic goats (Capra aegagrus hircus)

Acrylic paint on paper, 2017

32 x 24 cm

Client: Hotel “Fernmühle” in Ziegenrück

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