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Snow Lions by MickeyRayRex Snow Lions by MickeyRayRex
A male and female cave lions took down a lost steppe bison in a forest clearing in the depths of winter during the most recent glacial period. But just before they pair could eat another pair of hungry predators appeared; two neanderthal brothers. For most of the year they and their clan gave the lions a wide birth, but in the depths of winter things got desperate with food growing scarce and they lead hunters had to take drastic measures to obtain food for their clan. Though not as strong as the lions, the hunters carried a weapon no other predator has; fire.  Using his torch one man drives away the great cats while his brother begins to cut up the bison. The lions are forced to abandon their hard-earned kill, and with the lioness heavily pregnant and soon to find a den to give birth in, things are just as desperate for them as it is for the neanderthals.
Setting: France, 60,000 B.C.
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice interaction scene.
Reminds me a lot of nowaday's African tribes that do the same with lions on the savannah, only without fire:…
MickeyRayRex Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I figured it'd be nice to show the neanderthals triumphing for once, although of course there is still a sense of desperation on both sides.
JokerCarnage5 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool. B-)
MickeyRayRex Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks lol
AnonymousLlama428 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful scene!
But I would have to add, evidence suggests cave lion males lacked prominent manes. At most , I imagine the most prominent manes (or ruffs) would not be dissimilar to that depicted in Velizar Simeonovski's reconstruction:…
Mechafire1234 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2016
Ironically, modern lions reportedly have thicker manes when living in cold environments.
AnonymousLlama428 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed; I've heard. Still, cave lions don't share as recent a common ancestor with modern lion lineages, and apparently lacked manes. This isn't to say that they didn't have adaptations to the cold.
Analysis of their fur reveals they had a much thicker density of light downy hairs as opposed to dark guard hairs (manes are made from these) compared to modern lions.…
MickeyRayRex Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks man! And i figured my reconstruction may be on the extreme end in terms of mane length, but then again can we be certain? All I can think of that suggests a lack of big manes is cave paintings. Also Simeonovski is absolutely amazing!!!
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Submitted on
February 16, 2016
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Canon MG3500 series
Date Taken
Feb 16, 2016, 7:49:04 PM
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