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Update October 2017: After 11 years of activity, our Paleoart folder is now full to capacity. I have closed this folder to submission attempts and have created a new folder for paleoart, Paleoart II, so please direct all artworks of prehistoric life to this folder and this folder only. Any paleoart submissions to the General folder will be declined without comment!
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The most basic rule for submissions here is that they need to be relevant to the subject of evolution. However, we receive a lot of submissions where it's not easy to determine whether or not they're relevant enough, so we also have some more specific guidelines about this.
Regarding EPB: Thoughts for PalaeoartistsA purely EPB (extant phylogenetic bracket) reliant approach to creating life reconstructions of fossil animals can only go so far. Not every single extinct taxon belonging to a stem-clade of the more derived extant group of the bracket is going to display “transitional" characters towards those observed in the more derived extant taxa. Similarly, the characters observed in the more basal extant taxa of the bracket do not necessarily represent the condition of the common ancestor to all taxa in the bracket. Evolution isn't so linear. In many cases, stem-taxa to extant clades may have independently evolved characters utterly distinct from their more derived extant relatives - and often these characters are homoplasies to those seen in completely unrelated clades.
To give a less terminology-heavy example of this: not every single dinosaur displays characters representative of a transitional state between the characters observed in crocodylomorphs (the more basal taxa of t
Understanding the Late Pleistocene: Woolly RhinoUnderstanding the Woolly Rhinoceros
Taxonomy and Relationships:
Woolly rhinoceros (C. antiquitatis), usually shortened to woolly rhinos, lie within the genus Coelodonta. They share this genus with a few recognized species, the most primitive being C. thibetana from the Pliocene. The genus evolved from smaller, cursorial mixed feeders into graviportal, highly specialized grazers at the time of their extinction. No other member of Coelodonta is known to have survived into the late Pleistocene other than the woolly rhinoceros.  Their closest living relative is the critically endangered Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis). 
The early to middle Pleistocene Coelodonta tologoijensis is likely the direct ancestor of the woolly rhinoceros and evolved about 2 million years ago. It lived in Asia but eventually migrated to Europe about 470,000 years ago.  It may be more
Terror of the Deep: Queensland KillerA small theropod dinosaur is searching along a vast sandy beach, leaving behind a visible trackway of three-toed footprints in the soft sand. Sporting a relatively robust body, short three-clawed arms and a long fleshy tail, she`s covered in tiny, smooth greyish-tawny scales with a faint pattern of lighter, leopard-like rosettes. Her throat-scales and face are a brighter golden-color with a dark, horizontal band running down from the top of her head all the way down her body.
She`s a Kakuru and she's a predator. Only around 8 feet long and no heavier than a German Shepard, she`s an opportunist that usually chases small game inland, yet the passing of a recent storm has lured her to the beach, to scavenge on the casualties of the storm.
Following her nose, she sniffs out the sunbaked corpse of a small shark, stuck between some boulders, being lightly pushed forward by the placid waves. The Kakuru moves in and laboriously pulls the corpse towards dryer land.
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Visit to Cerro de los Batallones exhibitYesterday I went to Alcalá de Henares, a town located northeast of Madrid. There, I visited the Regional Archeological Museum, which held a temporary exhibit dedicated to the Cerro de los Batallones fossil site. Cerro de los Batallones, located south of Madrid, is a rich fossil site with a great amount of Miocene remains. Between 10 and 9 million years ago, the zone was covered with vertical cavities, where animals got often trapped; after their deaths, the cavities were filled with rain water, which helped to preserve the carcasses. The exhibit was amazing, containing several skeletal mounts, animated restorations and lots of artworks by Mauricio Antón (some of which can be found at his blog, https://chasingsabretooths.wordpress.com)
Most fossils from Cerro de los Batallones are from mammals. Among the herbivores, there are specimens of horses, deer, bovids, pigs, giraffids and even some elephants. In the photos shown below the remains of the giraffid Decennatherium
God gave humans the ability to reason, but the Bible commands that we have faith in Him. According to Answers in Genesis, the largest and most influential creationist organization in the United States, the conclusions of human reason must be rejected if they contradict our understanding of the Bible. What are the implications of this worldview, and is it the best one for a Christian to live by?
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