Mammuthus trogontherii vs Elephas(Palaeoloxodon) antiquus
I'll soon color this drawing but before that, I'd like you experts here to give me morphological advises or remarks upon it.
Thank you in advance!
The steppe mammoth(Mammuthus trogontherii) and the straight tusked elephant(Elephas / Palaeoloxodon antiquus) bulls are measuring each other's strengths and about to crash in one of their rare encounters somewhere in central Europe.
According to Dr. Adrian Lister(2007), the straight tusked elephant generally lived in warmer, more forested areas than the steppe-living mammoth, but the two sometimes did coincide and co-exist in where there was both grassland and forest(may be somewhere in southern Germany), and if so, I think they might have possibly encountered in rare occasions.
Both M.trogontherii and E.antiquus are within the family of genuine Elephantidae and are placed by Dr. Per Christiansen's notable study(2003) for estimating body weights of paleo-proboscideans, as two of the largest 'pure elephants' to have ever walked the earth, rivaled only by the largest Deinotherium.
The crash of house-like bull tuskers each weighing over 10 tons must've been an incredibly spectacular sight.