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Lycaenops

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Here is another creature that looks like it could come from an alien world. Of course, it is no imaginary extraterrestrial. It was once a real creature that walked the earth over 200 million years ago and predated the dinosaurs, and he’s the next critter in my paleoart series.

This is Lycaenops. His name means “wolf face” – though he doesn’t really look much like a wolf in the face to me. However, he was indeed about the size of a wolf. Lycaenops was a member of the Therapsids, an order that includes the ancestors of mammals. He probably munched on smaller reptiles and was apparently pretty fast on his feet, which gave him a great advantage as a predator. He might have been furry as this picture depicts, or he may have still have sported a lizard skin. I prefer the furry version as it makes for a nice artwork, though the jaguar-like coat is possible a bit of a stretch.

This is a brand new model by Dinoraul. I don’t usually get that “must have now” feeling when it comes to 3D models, but I certainly couldn’t wait to pick this one up. It’s just too cool looking. You’ll probably be seeing more of him in my art. I posed him using Poser, then imported him into Vue where I constructed the rest of the scene. Final rendering was done in Vue and took about 30 hours (most of the time was spent on the background clouds). Post production was done using Gimp.
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CartoonBen's avatar
Cool. I like the clouded leopard color scheme.
WretchedTheLycaenops's avatar
Looks badass and scientifically accurate, Lycaenops is my favourite animal. Great job.
warnett's avatar
Love the leopard print pattern.  It really works for it.
Misfit-a-saurus's avatar
Love the fur design and leopard pattern!
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Xoris's avatar
So beautiful. You did a great job on this Lycaenops. Especially the fur- maybe they looked so, hehe. Clap 
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Rammcutegirl's avatar
Hm This is look like a big kitty
sorry but dinosaur dont have hunt Lycaenops... dinosaurs appear twenty million years after Lycaenops's extinction.
deskridge's avatar
I'm sorry, perhaps the translation comes through wrong. I say in the description that it "predated the dinosaurs". The definition of predate is 'to come before'. It is not 'to hunt'.
shift1085's avatar
i love this! it looks very realistic, as though you just went out and took a photograph of one. :D
The Lycaenops DONT hunt dinosaurs and Lycaenops DONT have exist about 200 millions years ago. The Lycaenops extinct 250 million years ago, before the FIRST dinosaur hve exist. But good work! I'm still angry that some people mix dinosaurs and mammalians reptiles.
deskridge's avatar
Not sure what you mean by this comment. Perhaps you are misread the word 'predated'?
deathmango's avatar
How awesomely fun! Great background and lighting. Wow.
Marmot-of-Doom's avatar
I love this!! This looks so realistic!! The Jaguar Coat goes really well with those guys, although this lets suggest that they hunted in dense forests, is it known in what kind of habitat they lived?
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