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The Sixth Rhino by Eurwentala
The Sixth Rhino
On a controversial 2010 paper, prof. Colin Groves and colleagues described the critically endangered Northern white rhino as a full species instead of a subspecies. While the species status is not widely accepted by the scientific community, Northern and Southern white rhinoes can be told apart by outward appearances.

The Northern white, on the left, has less concave back and skull profiles and less wrinkly skin around its eyes and elbows. It also rarely has visible wrinkles following the ribs (though, with six animals left, it's hard to say what features are rare). Groves also told me they have more rounded, blunt ears compared to the pointy ears or southern whites. 

This is an illustration from today's article in Helsingin Sanomat, the largest daily newspaper in Finland, written and illustrated by me. The article concerns the recent discoveries of "new" species of African megafauna, hiding in plain sight, and the definition of species. After the year 2000, a rhino, an elephant, no less than four crocodiles, and recently an ostrich have been described. Next year, a taxonomic review of giraffes should appear, rising the number of giraffe species from one to perhaps four.

Black markers and Photoshop pretending to be watercolour. The funny composition is because the article's text was printed on the lower part, with title between the two rhinoes.

(Sorry about the weird title: my computer crashed midway submitting this and DeviantArt apparently glitched, submitting a different title than the one it showed to me. Corrected now.)
Creature of the Night by Eurwentala
Creature of the Night
On the branches of a fallen tree in Ghost Ranch, a ghostly creature stalks.

Effigia okeeffeae was a small, bipedal, toothless pseudosuchian. It lived during the latest Triassic in what is now North America. It was a member of the crocodile line of archosaurs, and the similarity to dinosaurs is purely the product of convergent evolution.

There's no direct evidence early pseudosuchians had feather-like fuzz as depicted here. However, if they were endothermic, as they do look like, they would have needed some sort of insulation. So, here's a highly speculative protofeathery Effigia.

The pose, patterning and lighting are loosely based on night-time photographs of Owston's palm civet (Chrotogale owstoni), an obscure, long-legged civet from Southeast Asia.

Mr. Dinomaniac gave me a hand when I didn't know what to do with the colours. Thanks!
Dinosaur Provincial Park by Eurwentala
Dinosaur Provincial Park
Reconstructions of some of the angiosperm plants of Late Cretaceous Canada. These are plants known from leaf and twig fossils from the Dinosaur Provincial Park, much more famous for it's dinosaurs. Unfortunately, none of them have been properly described, and the only paper actually illustrating some of them is from 1965 and seems unobtainable. I'm starting to understand why paleoartists so often settle for random greenery.

These were made using photographs of fossils from other Late Cretaceous North American locations and the written descriptions in Currie & Koppelhus's superb book on Dinosaur Provincial Park, in addition to the closest living relatives of these plants. The quotations are from the book.

The main idea was to illustrate my latest paleobotany article:…
And it's part four of my Botany for paleoartists blog posts. This time, we are taking a closer look at a particular fossil site: Dinosaur Provincial Park from the Late Cretaceous of Canada. That's the place where Daspletosaurus and Chasmosaurus are from, among others.

You'll see why writing it took so long when you take a look at the article. Finding any actual information was hard, finding proper references for reconstructions a nightmare. But it's finally here and I hope it will be of use.…
  • Mood: Optimism


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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chinseiju Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
You are very beautiful animal artworks.
SporemasterHIMPO Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist
Wau en oo koskaa ennen tajunnu että oot suomalainen o.o
...tai sit mul on vaa huono muisti
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Kas, se olet sinä. :)
Katseltiin joskus Dinomaniacin kanssa, että täällähän on uusi suomalainen paleotaiteilija.
SporemasterHIMPO Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist
Wuuuh ihan siis tunnet Dinomaniacin ja te kummatkin olette tiedostaneet olemassaoloni. Hui nyt kuumottaa :D Ja muuten tä varmaa kuulostaa tyhmältä mutta mun mielestä tosi siistii et sentää jotku naisetki tykkää esihistoriasta ja vielä harrastaa paleotaidetta.
Mun mielestä ootte kummatki tosi hienoja taiteilijoita ja jostai syystä en oo viel watchannu sua niinpä siis watchaan nyt :D
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Heh, joo. Itse asiassa löimme juuri Dinomaniacin kanssa hynttyyt yhteen. Tule kylään jos olet pääkaupunkiseudulla. :)

Enhän ole sentään edes Suomen ainoa paleotaidetta harrastava nainen. On meitä ainakin toinenkin.
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mojcaj Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Fascinated by your work!
Karadram Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a fantastic Gallery! I love your work! Will watch and tell my future grandchildren about! :)
TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We're going to start endorsing paleo-artist hear on Da for my group now, and I chose you as my first endorsement because I really like your work. Are you okay with that?
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Well sure. I'd be honoured. :)
TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alrighty then, and your welcome. I hope you see more views because of it.
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