Tag: neogene

Moropus elatus (Chalicotheriidae), Miocene, North America

Oil paint on paper, 2019

42 x 29,5 cm

Summary of all fossil Alcelaphini-genera with selected species

Coloured pencil drawings, digitally composed; 2018

The reconstructions were made with kindly support by paleontologist Dr. Faysal Bibi from the Museum for Natural History Berlin.

Carcharocles megalodon (Otodontidae), Miocene – Pliocene, worldwide occurrence

Pencil, 2018/19

32 x 24 cm

The picture was drawn from a petrified specimen at the natural history museum in Waldenburg/Saxony.


Menelikia lyrocera (Bovidae), Pliocene – Pleistocene, East Africa

This medium-sized antelope had horns with transverse ridges and was possibly similar to today’s Nile lechwe / Mrs Gray’s lechwe (Kobus megaceros) in its ecology.

Pencil, 2019

29,5 x 21 cm

The picture was drawn from two exhibits at the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN) in Paris.

Awashia suwai (Bovidae), Late Pliocene, Ethiopia

A. suwai was found at the Matabaietu formation which is located at the eponymous river Awash in Ethiopia. It lived there about 2,5 million years ago together with hominids like Australopithecus garhi and maybe Paranthropus aethiopicus.

Coloured pencil, 2018

30 x 24 cm

Damalops palaeindicus (Bovidae), Late Pliocene, South Asia

This is a notably species in two aspects: on the one hand it is the only known alcelaphine outside of Africa, on the other hand its horn form is very simple compared to other Alcelaphini. D. palaeindicus lived during the Pinjor formation about 2,5 million years ago in the area of today’s Siwaliks (southern Himalayas) in India. There are also remains from  the Republic of Tajikistan.

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

Abschied von Marcus Burkhardt

Alles was schön ist, bleibt auch schön,
auch wenn es welkt.
Und unsere Liebe bleibt Liebe,
auch wenn wir sterben.
Maxim Gorki

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