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About Deviant Member Maija KaralaFemale/Finland Groups :iconprehistory-alive: Prehistory-Alive
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Unfortunate Mate Choice
Extinction by hybridization is a very real threat to many species. One of them is the Mexican golden trout (Oncorhynchus chrysogaster) a small, beautiful salmonid endemic to Mexico. It's home waters have been flooded by introduced rainbow trout (O. mykiss).

The two trout interbreed and produce hybrid offspring. With rainbow trout being released by the millions, most of the offspring are bound to be hybrids. The unfortunate thing is, rainbow trout are not well adapted to the warm waters in Mexico, and their population will slowly wither away, unable to sustain itself. There's a risk they will take the golden trout with it, it's genes too diluted in the population of hybrids to help much in adapting.

So here's the hybridization in action: a large male rainbow trout spawning with a much smaller female Mexican golden trout.

An illustration I made for Helsingin Sanomat, a Finnish daily newspaper. Black markers and digital painting.
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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Personinator Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely gallery, I'm digging your scientific illustrations.
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. :)
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