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Another little known giant

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Before we continue with the dinosaurs of Egypt here another part of the megafauna of the bahariyan mangroves. 
With 2,7 to maybe 4 meters in length Simoliophis was a truly giant for a cretaceous snake (a vertebrate which was illustrated by Stromer has the same size like that of Python sebae). It was a pretty basal animal, still with small hind-limbs and an less kinetic skull than most modern snakes (skull and hind-limbs aren't known but we have well preserved fossils of near relatives, phylogenetic backtracking is the hot shit guys!). 
Simoliophis as well as Pachyrhachis are known to have heavy ribs, a typical trait of aquatic animals and not surprising when you consider where it was-inter alia- was found. 
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paleosirHobbyist General Artist
Great piece!
You always draw these animals so lifelike, I can almost imagine this swimming around...
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danke =)
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YemaYemaProfessional General Artist
That pattern is really good!
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Thanks :bow:
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North Africa was THE most dangerous place on earth during the Cenomanian...
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I'm sure deep ocean trenches and the insides of volcanoes surpassed it by far ;) (Wink) 
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I mean in sheer diversity of predators (especially if you go swimming. Having the ultimate river monster, in large numbers, is overkill)
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I know what you meant; it was a joke.
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Maybe, we still know so little =D
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Don't snakes have a poor record back in the Cretaceous?
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Yes, compared to their Cenozoic record they are very poorly known.
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Was their something in particular about Bahariya that was causing everything to be so big?
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Well, we can't say for sure but the large river system was certainly a important factor. Seasonal migrations of possible prey animals, fresh water and plants for herbivores, many possibilities to become specialized and to grow. It's a situation somewhere between the Yukon region and the Everglades. Large amounts of food from both sides together with an tropical climate and the competition of different theropod lineages with each other their prey were maybe the best conditions to grow up.
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Kazuma27Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous snake!
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Thanks :lol:
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What a incredible and yet bizarre animal
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Indeed =D
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pilsatorHobbyist Traditional Artist
Da hab ich wirklich gar nichts von gehört. Sieht extrem gut aus, wie üblich.
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Diese Art wie auch seine Verwandten kennt wirklich kaum jemand, es war auch für mich eine Überraschung als ich eine Zeichnung von Stromer fand auf der er 1 zu 1 einen Wirbel von Simoliophis und einem Python darstellt.
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herofan135Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this one, great colouring and details!
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Many thanks :lol:
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Dontknowwhattodraw94Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What an odd looking animal...
Nice work though as usual, the patterns are really nice :)
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Thanks a lot :lol:
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