Sabertooths on Ice

When modern humans first crossed Beringia on their way from Siberia to the New World, they would have met the Arctic sabertooths. Just like the formidable arctic wolves of Ellesmere island brave their hostile environments today, so did Homotherium carve a place for itself in that pitiless but amazingly productive ecosystem that we call the “mammoth steppe”. What a sight must it have been to see those cats in their winter coats facing the freezing winter winds; to watch their cubs grow from tiny furballs to playful young that made their parents lose more than one prey; and to behold the family group deploying their hunting tactics to catch such imposing prey as bison, musk ox or stag moose.
arctic-Homotherium
Sadly, all those spectacles of nature were lost forever at the end of the Pleistocene, even if those paleolithic humans most lilely took them for granted and assumed they would always be there. Some day in the near future, the epic struggles for survival of the polar bear, the migrating caribou or the musk ox may be just history, just like the lives of the mammoth and the sabertooth. It partly depends on us. We may be satisfied with just watching such natural wonders in documentary films. Or we may grow up and assume a responsability. Small gestures do make a difference. Have you already signed to help save the Arctic? I have. It is just a click, and here is the link.
Have a nice Holiday Season!
http://www.savethearctic.org/

Posted on 18/12/2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. bryan riley

    which species is that in the picture

  2. Reblogged this on DistantStarlight and commented:
    This is a gorgeous cat. Signal boosting this amazing artist!
    He’s one of the three artists who have influenced or inspired me the most!

  3. Were the homotheres one of the few instances where an apex predator lineage survived multiple faunal turnover events? When did Machairodus first reach lion size; with M. aphanistus in the late Miocene? and they pretty much stayed that size with anagenic change until the terminal Pleistocene Homotherium? It makes me sad to think they survived the Hemphillian, Blancan, and Irvingtonian only to die out just before modern times. I look at your painting and think sooo close! Still, beautiful work sir!

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