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I very quick, small (and ugly) painting of an hyphotethical freshwater ichthyosaur, inspired by the last words of Darren Naish's article about freshwater plesiosaurs: "There’s one thing left to say. We know that plesiosaurs invaded the freshwater realm, and we now know that mosasaurs did as well. Of the other major Mesozoic marine reptile groups, what about ichthyosaurs? Were there freshwater ichthyosaurs? A few specimens have been reported from lagoonal settings and two fragments of vertebrae possibly come from a freshwater setting (Ketchum 2011). We’ll come back to this matter in time."
My inspirations for this animal were river dolphins, freshwater sharks and gharials.
Also very imptortant was Platyptergius, the last known ichthyosaurs. Scinetists found no signs for the echolocation at ichthyosaurs but this species shiws evidences electro receptors.
I imagine that a freshwater ichthyosaur would use this sense much more and loose instead the perfect sight of it's ancestors which is often useless in muddy water

Edit: obviously Doug Henderson was another inspiration ;)
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How can paleontologists tell this was a reptile and not a fish based on it's skeletal remains? 
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
The tooth structure, the lack of gills, the presence of vertebrate limb bones, the form of the vertebrates, the skull structure, the form of the tail etc. 
And there are fossils of primitive ichthyosaurs which show that they decent land living reptilies.
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Interessant! Wieso bin ich bloß nicht schon vorher über diese Zeichnung gestolpert? :D
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Ich hab das All Yesterdays Zeug damals wie am Fließbamd produziert, da kann man schon mal was übersehen ;)
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Alles für den Contest? Oder Teils einfach so?
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Alles für den Contest (deswegen hab ich Buch ja auch ne eigene Sektion bekommen) aber vor allem weil es einfach saumäßig Spaß gemacht hat =D
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TraheripteryxHobbyist General Artist
Das einzige Buch von Irregular Books, das ich noch nicht hab. :D
Arrrgh! Das muss ich unbedingt noch in den kommenden Wochen bestellen!
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Ich glaub das kannst du garnicht kaufen, aber es gibt ne Gratis PDF auf der Seite =)
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Also ist Memo wohl der Einzige, der ein gedrucktes Exemplar besitzt?
Naja. Besser ein PDF, als ein Paperback, bei dem bloß nur die Kanten und Ecken zerfransen (Der Grund, warum ich Hardcover bevorzuge).
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Er hat es drucken und binden lassen :nod: (hat er mal in einem Video auf Youtube erklärt)
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Dickified's avatar
I like the concept and I like the style :D
Naish lectures to me sometimes, I might speak to him about such a topic see if it got anywhere :)
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Would be awesome, thank you =)
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We have evidence there were freshwater species of Plesiosaurid's, Pliosaurid's and most recently a Mosasaurid? So why not this as well. =)

 

I find it pretty likely.

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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
I think Darren Naish wrote one time, somewhere that there are a few ichthyosaur bones from freshwater deposits...
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Really cool then.
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Please don't say "ugly" to your own art... sorry
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Sorry, I know that I could make it much better ;)
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chillikool12Student General Artist
I don't think its ugly it looks kinda cute actually. It makes me think of freshwater dolphins like the baji
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Thanks =D
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chillikool12Student General Artist
but isnt the baji extinct?
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Freshwater Ichthyosaur. Can't say I've ever seen this before.
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Thanks =D
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VeloxirunnerHobbyist Traditional Artist
great greatgreatgreat! ichtiosaur+black patch on back=kawaiiiiiiii!
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