Artwork Prehistoric life "Real Size Paleontology Encyclopedia" (Japan)
Birds (incl. modern extinctions)
Velizar Simeonovski: Cenozoic scenes
In SW North America during the late Pleistocene, a pack of dire wolves are feeding on their bison kill, while a pair of grey wolves approach in the hopes of scavenging. No longer thought to be closely related to other canid species, the inabilty to interbreed may have contributed to their extinction (along with loss of large prey species) by inhibiting acquisition of genes adaptive for a changing climate. They looked different from grey wolves, were 50% larger, and had a bone-crushing bite.
13 thousand years ago, a group of settlers from the first tribes that passed between the Laurentian and Cordillera ice sheets, came upon Smilodons feeding on a broad-browed bison (up to 2.5 m at the withers with horns up to two meters in span). American smilodons were unfamiliar with people at this time, but European saber tooths were already extinct.
Monomakh and the last lion of Europe. The scene was reconstructed on the basis of an 11th century fresco in the South Tower of St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev as one of the interpretations of the identity of the "fierce beast" from "A Teaching to Children" by the Grand Duke of Kievan Rus Vladimir II Monomakh, 1053-1125 years.
Lions became extinct in the Balkans sometime between the 1st-3rd C. AD. Thracian shepherds try to drive away lions from their prey with stones and staffs, but their half-hearted attempts only annoy the male, and the lioness is too keen on prey. End of the 2nd century AD, somewhere in the Zlatna-Panegi region, Bulgaria: