National Geographic : 1955 Dec
783 Painting by Andre Durenceau America's Pioneer Family Crosses an Ancient Land Bridge Out of Asia French-born Andre Durenceau painted this series expressly for the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE. A student of prehistoric America, he worked closely with scientists to authenticate weapons and animals. Because Ice Age men left few if any of their bones, the artist had to draw on his imagination to portray them. In agreement with scientific thinking, he gave these wanderers a Mongoloid look. Largest mammoths known stood about 13 feet at the shoulder; longest tusk curled 16 feet. Weapons left among bones prove early Americans hunted mammoths. Muck pits in Alaska and Siberia still yield frozen carcasses.