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The Death of Trilobites by tekelili The Death of Trilobites by tekelili
More denizens of the prehistoric seas, the Cambrian period this time around.

The large, bizarre creature that is the focus of the picture is "anomalocaris", the "anamalous shrimp". In its day, it was one of the nastiest predators in the sea, and is known to have grown to 2m in length. Which means it probably got even bigger. The anomalocaris is why trilobites had their eyes located on top of their heads, as they were its primary prey. This anamalocaris has swooped in on some trilobites, which are trying to not be dinner- and may in fact make it out with their lives, given the cephalopod in the background, which appears to find anamalocaris tasty-looking. And this is why it's a fantasy, beyond the fact that I'm no palentologist and just trying my best to interpret these critters. In the Cambrian, the cephalopods were first appearing, and had not differentiated into the huge number of species that would start appearing in the Ordovician age- there probably wasn't actually one just like the one in the background until the Ordovician, but then again, there might have been.

Prismacolor pencils on black textured paper
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice! :D
superkhrys Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
I really do love it when things are drawn on black paper, it has a very nice effect. :)
bear48 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008  Professional
wonderful image
avancna Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There were cephalopods back in the Cambrian, such as Plectronoceras and Tommotia, but, they were, at most, the size of a human thumb, and smaller.
Tar-Vanimelde Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
you're my hero :)
DarkJimbo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2007
I'm wishing I knew more about this era...
tekelili Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008
I'm a bit obsessed with it atm. . . my gallery may start becoming semi-educational. XD
blind-dancer Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Trilobites look somewhat tasty and crunchy... How big were they? wants.
tekelili Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008
Sorry to take so long to replay- they varied in size, but, tended to smallishness. The largest fossil on record's over 2 feet though, but, the average is around 3 inches.
blind-dancer Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aww cute :)
squizzlenut Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007   Traditional Artist
Yay, more prehistory! Trilobites are so cute. I love the swirling line in the middle that the anomalocaris makes and the small bits of black in the background work really well for an underwater scene.
tekelili Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008
Thanks for the comment, sorry to take so long to reply.

It's because trilobites are so cute that the giant squid had to make its appearance in the background. They required a rescuer. XD
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