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About Professional Artist Maija KaralaFemale/Finland Groups :iconprehistory-alive: Prehistory-Alive
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Naked Anchiornis
So I heard some people like their theropods without feathers...

Just kidding. But after the new paper on soft tissue anatomy of Anchiornis huxleyi (…) I wanted to reconstruct the poor beast naked, a bit like the chickens and other living dinosaurs in Katrina van Grouw's beautiful book The Unfeathered Bird.

According to the paper (which is open access by the way), Anchiornis had patagia-bearing arms, drumstick-shaped legs and a slender tail. While it had feathers all the way down to its' toes, the toes and ankles also preserve scales - as do the fingers. The critter probably had scales underneath / in between feathers similarly to some modern birds, such as ptarmigans and some owls.
Mouth Parts
I don't often draw insects, but maybe it would be fun to do it once in a while.

A set of insects with different mouth parts commissioned for a children's magazine by the Finnish Nature League. From left to right:
- deer ked (Lipoptena cervi), the least favourite critter of anyone who spends time in the forests during autumn.
- twin-lobed deerfly (Chrysops relictus), despite its impressive eyes known as "blind horsefly" in Finnish.
- bedstraw hawk-moth (Hyles gallii, showing how to feed without even landing
- the nymph of southern hawker (Aeshna cyanea) with a scary feeding apparatus.
My next Botany for paleoartists post is finally here. I had to sit on it for a month, because the illustration had to be first published by the newspaper that ordered it.

Here it is, however: the plants and climate of Northern Alaska during the latest Cretaceous. This was the time of Ugrunaaluk, Nanuqsaurus and a number of other Arctic dinosaurs, and it looked surprisingly much like modern taiga.

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Maija Karala
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A biology jack of all trades. I illustrate, blog, write and teach.


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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Heil, Authority!!!!
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Welcome to :iconworld-of-wildlife: and thanks so much for joining. :hug: I really hope you enjoy being part of the wildlife group family.

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NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I found your blog a few weeks ago and I've really been enjoying it. I especially like your articles about Mesozoic plants. The fern one was especially enlightening. I've often wondered about how I could show more plant diversity in my paleoart while still being reasonably true to life.
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2017  Professional
Thanks! Always nice to hear people finding my stuff useful. :) I'm sure you'll put the information to good use. I really like how colourful your paleoart is!
alvringer Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just read your piece about dog domestication and breeding on your blog and I found it really interesting, especially the parts about the pale colours being linked to tame characteristics, I knew that happened but I never knew why before! I hadn't heard about the pigment migration before now. Your blog looks fascinating! Also you read Durrell and collect animal artifacts, which are some of my favorite things too :D
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