King of the North

"King of the North"
2001
Stretched canvas
30"x40"

Master RGB File:
5,808 pixels (19.3") high
7,754 pixels (25.8") wide
300 dpi resolution
128.8 Mb uncompressed

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Essay

Crowned by fire in a land of ice, this imperial king of the north stands sentinel amidst his frozen domain. Although the land is locked in a great Ice Age, the Pleistocene sun drives an auroral firestorm through the northern skies, casting an eery glow on this giant mammal.

Mammoths still roamed North America as recently as ten thousand years ago. Their extinction on the continent is thought to have been hastened by Ice Age peoples who hunted them for their hides and meat. On Wrangel Island dwarf mammoths survived until just four thousand years ago, which puts them into the time of recorded history!

Vital Statistics

Name: Woolly Mammoth
Type Species: * Mammuthus primigenius
Height: 9-12 feet tall at the shoulder
Weight: 7-8 tons
Time: 120,000-4,000 years ago (Late Pleistocene)
Place: northern Europe, Siberia, North America
Diet: plant-eater (herbivore)


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