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Phocavaranus argestes

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Now something different, more primitive.
Phocavaranus is a early sea serpent from the late Eocene of India. It's known from parts of the vertebrate column, the limbs a few ribs and the back of the skull.

It seems like we have here still a semi-aquatic animal with an seal like lifestyle, especially the hind limbs looks like if they are better for a locomotion on land than in the coastal realm were the fossils of this creatures were found.

One of the main inspirations for this picture was Doug Henderson's ingenious painting of an mosasaur on a beach: www.oceansofkansas.com/henders…

Edit: Imust say that I have this idea since years, my first try in this direction can be seen here: www.deviantart.com/art/Reptilr… it was more pliosaur-like during this time =)
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It looks like a cross between a dog and a mosasaur. So cute! :D (Big Grin) 
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=D
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I kinda want this as a pet. Also cool concept!
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Haha, thanks =D

And sorry, it's extinct.
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Ich bekomme einen Pakicetus-Flashback! :D
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Das kann gar nicht sein =D
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Absolut nicht! :XD:
Semiaquatisch, Südasien, Eozän... Hmmm... :D
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Ich weigere mich dort Verbindungen zu sehen!
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Na, schön.
Wie du meinst. :icongaspmemeplz: :iconimwatchingyoumemeplz:
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Thanks =)
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Yeah, I knew what picture you were talking about before I even looked at it :D. And good job by the way.
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Thank you :bow:

Yes, it's pretty iconic now =D
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Welcome ^-^.

And indeed.

Also, are you ready for the next video from the Historian?
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Yes, I will publish a big sketchdump on the first July with more than 25 sketches of Earth Beasts =)
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Ooh sounds awesome to me, I'll look forward to it ^w^.
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this is great!
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Thanks =D
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Behold- the Ambulocetus of sea serpents. Brilliant! Semi-aquatic or transitionary members of a clade are always fascinating.
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Thank you ^^

There are not many fossils of sea serpents but this species is indeed fascinating.
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A...seal-serpent....?
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Indeed =)
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So if all these freshwater serpents- with all their weird specializations- died out eventually /i can see these sea serpents as being animals who favour a more conservative body design in the long run
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Well, this isn't a freshwater serpent, but yes, sea serpents have a more conservative body design than other marine reptiles in the past, but one reason there for it that they are still a relative young clade, and in difference to mosasaurs which evolved rapidly into giant monsters with hypocerk tails, these animals had less selective pressure and specialized in an different way than their cousins =)
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