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Anurognathus Roost by Eurwentala
Anurognathus Roost
This might be what you'd see, if you peeked into a hollow tree with a flashlight in the Jurassic.

A group of anurognathids, perhaps a mother with almost fully-grown flaplings still following her, or a male with a harem, sharing a day roost. There's no direct evidence of social behaviour in anurognathids, but it's, I think, plausible speculation.

A digital painting, inspired by a photograph of an owl family I saw.
One Huge Otter by Eurwentala
One Huge Otter
Whether to reconstruct Spinosaurus with feathers or not is still much a matter of taste. It could have been fully featherless, if feathers were confined to coelurosaurs in theropods. Or mostly naked with some feathers here and there, if it had secondarily lost its cover when adapting to an aquatic lifestyle.

Or it could have been feathered. Here, I went for a fairly smooth, waterproof layer of primitive protofeathers, much like an otter's coat.

Photoshop painting, after the skull reconstruction in Ibrahim et al. 2014.

In other words: look, I painted a thing. Again. I'm still not comfortable with either painting, or learning how colour and light actually work, but I'm working on it.
After a huge delay (sorry!), I finally published the next part of by Botany for Paleoartists blog series. This time, I'm talking about an ancient pioneer plant community of temperate climates. In other words, the ecology of Ginkgo and the other species it occurred with.

There's also some comments on the appearance of truly old, nonmanaged trees and forests, which are exceedingly rare in the modern world.

You can read the whole post here:…
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Maija Karala
Favourite style of art: Realism or stylized realism
Shell of choice: Ammonite shell
Skin of choice: Feathered dinosaur skin

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Contrappasta Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your artwork gives me a raging brainer...
I have to go read a book now.
Leogon Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the Watch!I really appreciate that:-)
tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Siellähän sitä näemmä käytiin Iltasanomien piikkiin elokuvissa :) Ei siinä, ihan hyvä yllätys että pääsitte kertoilemaan asioista niin kuin ne on. :thumbsup:
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015
Joo, hauska elokuvareissu oli. Ja ilmainen. :) Ilmeisesti ihmisiä myös kiinnostaa, millaisia dinot oikeasti olivat, koska eilen juttu näytti olevan Ilta-Sanomien etusivulla ja 26. luetuin.
tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Toivottavasti kiinnostaa. Joskus koetin saada pientä suomalaisten paleo-hahmojen get-togetheriä aikaan, muttei ottanut tulta alleen. Kaikki ovat kiireisiä ja osa nauttii enemmän Internetistä kuin ihmisistä(?) Olisko nyt ollut parempi ajankohta?
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015
Voi, olen kyllä mukana miitissä! Me kun ollaan nyt Dinomaniacin kanssa saman katon alla, niin tulee kaksi osallistujaa yhdellä kertaa. Laita vaikka sähköpostia, niin sovitaan tarkemmin. Etunimi piste sukunimi @
Helixdude Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your birthday's coming up, what do want as a present?
ElisetheEvil Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015   Traditional Artist
Beautiful art!
herofan135 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love your gallery, so amazing! You're really talented!
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
Nice to hear that. Thanks for the watch. :)
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