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Baltica by Eurwentala Baltica by Eurwentala
I was asked to illustrate a spread of fossils and reconstructed animals from what the Baltic Sea was like in the Ordovician. They asked for colourful animals, and that's what they got.

In the Ordovician, what is now Northern and Eastern Europe formed a small continent called Baltica, at the time located well south of the Equator. Much of the continent was covered in shallow seas, and there was a rich biodiversity of marine animals. Some of them have been preserved as fossils in Estonia, Åland islands and other places.

Made for Sieppo, a children's magazine published by The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation.
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TheRegisaurusofkarro Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015
The cameroceras reminds me of a nautilus...
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Professional
Yeah, I borrowed a bit of soft tissue anatomy and colouration from the nautilus when reconstructing this. :) Though I now suspect they might have had squid-like complex eyes rather than the nautilus-like pinhole eyes depicted here.
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RomainRissoArt Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015
Beautiful composition i love it :)
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Professional
Thanks!
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Clawedfrog Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic! For some reason, I'm particularly drawn to the trilobite. I dunno, I just really love the way it looks! :D (Big Grin) 
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Snakeman2013 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015   General Artist
Love the lively colors
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megabass22 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the Nautilus - coloured orthocone! :)
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mjhzoom Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice work...I have never thought about these animals having any color.  But looking at the rich biodiversity that exists today, there is no reason to assume that they exhibited no color patterns.
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Professional
Yeah. Especially since they were shallow-water animals with well developed eyes. At least the colour vision of vertebrates apparently dates all the way back to the Ordovician, if not Cambrian, so there presumably were animals to look at those colours. I'm not as knowledgeable about the evolution of invertebrate vision, but I suppose they were not much slower.
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mixtix-freeman Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist
Very interesting job!
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Professional
Thanks!
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Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
They all look so lively! Wonderful! :D
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Professional
Thank you! I went through some trouble to make them look livelier than the walking fossils they are often reconstructed as.
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vasix Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've never seen an orthocone restored like that...makes sense I guess, seeing as they're nautiloids. Great work!
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Professional
Thanks! What do you mean is unusual about it?
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vasix Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well like...see, I always see all those older images with the clear segments of the shell and always they look like they're "stuck" in their shells when they are restored in such a manner. This looks much more natural! :)
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Professional
I see what you mean. That was exactly the look I was trying to avoid. Thanks! :)
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vasix Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's like an...anti-shrink wrapped orthocone :D
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
These are such amazing illustrations, and very cool representatives of these different phyla.
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Professional
Thank you. :)
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, the nautilus patterns really fit that orthocone... you've given all those animals really beautiful works :)
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Professional
Thanks! I'm pretty happy with the orthocone myself, though I might want to redo the others some day.
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Tarturus Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Magnificent creatures. ^^
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ForvenN20 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Is that what crinoids(?) really looked like? :o (Eek) I've only ever seen fossils, never really thought about the living thing...
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Professional
Well, crinoids aren't dead. :)

There are still some 600 species alive in the oceans, which makes it quite a bit easier to reconstruct the extinct ones, too. Most living crinoids are stalkless and look mostly like weird sea stars. The stalked sorts are fairly good references, though often more slender and less armoured than the fossil species.  Here's a photo from NOAA: docs.lib.noaa.gov/OEDV/ODS2007…
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ForvenN20 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
I've watched Blue Planet and various other programmes a million times, been to aquariums and all that, and none of them ever had a crinoid! D: Feel silly I never bothered to look them up ^^'
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Professional
Yeah, they're not especially well known. I can't remember seeing them in aquariums or documentaries either.

They're probably most famous from this video clip of a deep-sea crinoid being really creepy: www.lakeneosho.org/Paleolist/3…
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ForvenN20 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
Oh are they sea lilies? I know them (if only from Zoo Tycoon Sweating a little...)!

That's one of the creepiest things I've ever seen... I want it as a pet ._.
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Professional
Yeah. :) I remember seeing them in Zoo Tycoon too.
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Professional
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Martiitram Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
:D
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Andorou-Khan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
The pattern on that Cameroceras is stunning!
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Professional
Thanks!
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
I love the detail on the brachiopod. And that is the most not-dead-looking trilobite I've ever seen. :)
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Professional
Haha, thanks! I wanted to do something different with the trilobite, and looked up references from today's reef arthropods. They are disturbingly colourful, and definitely don't look dead.
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