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Mosasaurus

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Published: August 25, 2013
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Mosasaurus is a genus of mosasaurs, extinct carnivorous aquatic lizards. They are some of the fearsome predators to ever inhabit the oceans. Mosasaurus was also more robust than related mosasaurids. The skull was more robust than in other mosasaurids, and the lower jaws attached very tightly to the skull. They had deep, barrel-shaped bodies, and with their fairly large eyes, poor binocular vision, and poorly developed olfactory bulbs. The largest species Mosasaurus hoffmanni reached 15 - 18 m (50 - 60 ft) in length and weighed about 15 - 20 tonnes.

Fossils have been found all over the world including  Australia, Europe, New Zealand, Russia, Turkey, the Middle East, Africa, North America, South America and even in islands off the coast of Antarctica.
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ScaledOneHobbyist General Artist
Woaw nice ! I'd like to see those models of marine reptiles in the upcoming Prehistoric Kingdom ;)
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KevcatalanProfessional Digital Artist
these are nice, but poor background choice. the texture makes the silhouette of the animals hard to read. Also lighting the animals might help give them form and weight. 
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SameerPrehistoricaProfessional Digital Artist
The poor background choice is done on purpose. In the very beginning, first time i made one marine animal with a appropriate background and it was used in multiple sites without credit.So that is why,i decided to use this background for all marine animals.
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RexFan684Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love mosasaurs(Mosasaurus itself being my favorite).
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IrynaFedorovskaHobbyist Photographer
such a huge tail!
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Haven't seen the tail made that way before, is that based on new information or artistic liberty. Interesting anyway.
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Tote-MeistarinnHobbyist General Artist
Looks great! :D

By the way, did you know that the possible colouration of Tylosaurus nepaeolicus may now have been determined? Black with a pale/white belly, apparently, not unlike a whale.
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SameerPrehistoricaProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks.I read this news before many days. (Research suggests that three reptiles found in the ancient oceans were near-black.The team analysed three exquisitely preserved fossils: an 86-million-year-old giant predator called a mosasaur; a 55-million-year-old leatherback turtle; and a 190-million-year-old ichthyosaur - a deep-diving predator that looked like today's dolphins.

They believe the mosasaur, a vicious creature that would have terrorised the oceans, contained so much of this pigment, it would have been very dark in colour. The same was true for the ancient turtle that they examined.

"If you look at leatherhead sea turtles today, they have very dark skin with huge amounts of pigment," said Dr Lindgren.

www.bbc.com/news/science-envir…

Before i read that news, i made the Mosasaur in dark color only because they are closely related to monitor lizards.So i thought to make it that way.
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ilTassistaHobbyist General Artist
a fine updated rendition
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SameerPrehistoricaProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks
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SilverVulpineHobbyist Photographer
Very cool work! :)
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SameerPrehistoricaProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you
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SilverVulpineHobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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Dontknowwhattodraw94Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Didn't they have caudal fins? Or was this with another kind of mosasaur?
Beautiful drawing anyway, love the details :)
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SameerPrehistoricaProfessional Digital Artist
Some Mosasaurs had..
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SameerPrehistoricaProfessional Digital Artist
I used some image as reference which is quite old.Someday i read the news about caudal fins.I didn't changed it,i am not sure all of them had it.

Multiple times i have seen this kind of reply and once again i am going to say this.It's a photo manipulation, not a drawing.See above in which category it is placed.It's really surprising for me to know that how some people can't able to identify the difference between drawings and photo manipulations/3D models.Anyway, Thanks.
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Dontknowwhattodraw94Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, didn't want to annoy you. I see most of the works you post in groups, always thought the photos were yours because they're all in the same style.
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SameerPrehistoricaProfessional Digital Artist
I am not annoyed.Just told you the difference.I didn't cut the creatures as it is from somewhere and pasted them.I am the one made the manipulation so all those pics are mine only.
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He also was the largest LIZARD (as camelon or gecko):) (Smile) :) (Smile) :) (Smile) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) 
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A little light, eh for its size? I thought that Tylosaurus was lighter and less robust than a Mosasaurus of similar size
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SameerPrehistoricaProfessional Digital Artist
Yes,Tylosaurus is indeed lighter and less robust than a Mosasaurus of similar size.This is Mosasaurus Hoffmani,the biggest Mosasaur.
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