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Livyatan
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Published: July 19, 2013
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Livyatan is an extinct species of physeteroid whale, similar in size to the modern sperm whale. It was about was 13.5 to 17.5 metres (44–57 ft) long, about the same as a modern adult male sperm whale and weighed over 50 tonnes. Unlike the modern sperm whale, Livyatan had functional teeth in both of its jaws and they were robust.It's teeth are up to 1.18 ft long and it is the largest teeth of any animal yet known.

Fossils have been found in South America (Peru).
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mark0731's avatar
Will you update this with lips covering the upper teeth based on the restoration made by A. Gennari from here: www.researchgate.net/publicati…
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Yu-Gi-NosStudent General Artist
Livyatan melvillei was certainly the baddest (and my favorite, along with the Sperm Whale) whale ever! Since Orcas don't dare go after a fully grown male Sperm Whale, how much more would they be afraid of this whale?

You did a superb job on making melvillei resemble its modern day counterpart yet retain its predatory distinction
Rhinos-Rule's avatar
Livyatan could weigh 60 tonnes? Really? I'd think it'd be 50 tonnes, that's about as heavy as a Megalodon for scale.
Packless1's avatar
Leviathan Melvillei, named in honor of the author of 'Moby Dick'.
The biggest teeth yet known to any marine-predator...
I wouldn't  go swimming, if this predator is in the water. Skull and Crossbones   
Bestiarius's avatar
The problem is there is no reason to think that Livyatan had actually traits typical for modern sperm whales like comparably small flippers, wrinkled skin and a small and low triangular dorsal fin. It seems this are traits which evolved sometime during the evolutionary line which lead to modern Physeter, but it´s not really probable that an early offshot like Livyatan with a completely different biology shared this traits. It´s also quite unprobably that Livyatan had visible upper teeth. I know that´s the usual way in which prehistoric whales are depicted, but it´s surely wrong. Odontocetes have usually well developed stiff upper lips which cover the upper teeth, and the lower teeth as well when they interlock.
Teratophoneus's avatar
do you think you could do a brygmophyseter or a zygophyseter at one point?
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SameerPrehistoricaHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you
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Aloodonguy67Student Artist
No prob!
EncounterEthereal's avatar
EncounterEthereal Digital Artist
This is pretty cool!

Did you mean to spell it that way or did you mean Leviathan?
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SameerPrehistoricaHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks..Who am i to change the name of a prehistoric animal ? :) They first named as Leviathan then changed to Livyatan because the scientific name Leviathan was a junior homonym of Leviathan Koch, 1841 for a genus of Mastodon. In August 2010, the authors rectified this situation by coining a new genus name for the whale, Livyatan from the original Hebrew spelling.
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EncounterEthereal Digital Artist
Ah, thought it was made up. Weird way to spell it but whatever, spelling doesn't matter, it's still cool.
yoshiman444's avatar
what program do you use to make these?these are by far the best prehistoric paintings/drawings i have seen.
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SameerPrehistoricaHobbyist Digital Artist
One question for you.When you see an image from an artist,do you note that in which category it is placed ?
Below the image you can see that.So far what i have done for prehistoric animals is photo manipulations.These are not drawings/paintings.
yoshiman444's avatar
i usually dont.but what program do you use to photo manipulation it?
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SameerPrehistoricaHobbyist Digital Artist
I see... because many people don't notice it and save image.It is ok to save image whatever they like but if anyone wants to know whether its a traditional drawing or digital drawing,then that person must see below the image.There are some people including me who notice what type an image is before they save..I use Photoshop.
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PeteriDishHobbyist General Artist
sperm whale from a nightmare! how cool! =)
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SameerPrehistoricaHobbyist Digital Artist
and this is not an ordinary sperm whale :)
PeteriDish's avatar
PeteriDishHobbyist General Artist
lol. :lol: it sure isn't ordinary :la:
yoshiman444's avatar
cool!i know whales,but i never knew one as creepy as that.do one of basilosaurus,another prehistoric whale from your nightmare.
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SameerPrehistoricaHobbyist Digital Artist
Basilosaurus is not bigger as you are thinking..
yoshiman444's avatar
i know.but i think it would be something cool to add because its another really strong whale and its still big.
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SameerPrehistoricaHobbyist Digital Artist
It is only longer but not bulkier as modern whales.If there is any prehistoric whale known so far which is somewhat impressive is only Livyatan.
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