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By the River by Eurwentala
By the River
It's autumn in the latest Cretaceous somewhere in North America's coastal plains, and the riverside forests are in their best fall colours. A Troodon is inspecting it's territory. The first fall floods have turned the rivers muddy and washed off most of the floating vegetation that covers the surface during summers.

From Late Cretaceous into well in the Eocene there was a distinct community of plants in disturbed sites - such as empty river channels, collapsed riverbanks, and wildfire sites in many parts of the world. The community consisted of some combination of Ginkgoes, katsura trees (Cercidiphyllum), dawn cypress (Metasequoia), sycamore (Platanus), and delta cypress (Glyptostrobus). All of these except for sycamore are shown here, along with aquatic angiosperm Trapago angulata and dipteridaceaen fern Hausmannia and a bunch of other plants.

Unlike the weedy plant communities of today's disturbed areas, all of these trees live to be very, very old. And one thing you don't see often enough in paleoart is that old trees may look pretty weird. Ginkgoes, for example, have a habit of sprouting weird aerial root-like growths called chi chi (which is apparently Japanese for breasts). When they touch the ground, they sprout roots and start acting as a holdfast for new trunks.

Interestingly, while deciduous plants were a minority during the Cretaceous, at least all modern congenerics of the Ginkgo community shed their leaves and have rather flashy autumn colours. It makes me imagine a pterosaur-eye view of monotonically dark green, ancient coniferous forests suddenly splashed with eye-hurtingly bright yellows and reds here and there.

This one has to do with my next Botany of Paleoartists blog posts, coming as soon as I'm less busy with work again. Also, prints available!

Black markers on a sketchbook page and Photoshop.
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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