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baloo
10-01-2019, 03:57 AM
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I've been caught up in a debate whether this drawing depicts an elephant or a mammoth. I believe it's an elephant, but I would like to hear from somebody who actually knows the differences properly.

LPC
10-01-2019, 07:02 AM
Your picture depicts a mammoth - although there are some errors in the picture on the cider bottle, e.g. the forehead is not correct and the tip of the trunk is not clearly visible as split into two lobes. To be honest, the drawing on the bottle is not too good, as it is basically a mammoth with a couple of elephant features. I doubt whether the artist researched about mammoths sufficiently. Here is a picture of both, side by side:

https://qph.fs.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-8664da47d1a9c673f92ae88a8cc3b53b

Source: https://www.quora.com/Are-mammoths-ancestors-or-cousins-of-elephants

Wrax
10-01-2019, 07:59 AM
I would agree with LPC that the artist probably didn't worry about getting the drawing scientifically correct; however, I'd certainly say that this is a mammoth and not an elephant. I hope the features LPC gave differentiating the two have helped you?