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Siroccopteryx/Coloborhynchus by Hyrotrioskjan
I heard different opinions about the status of this species, some put it into Coloborhychnus, others see it as a own genus.
But whatever it is it's definitely a interesting possible part of the Bahariya fauna.
While Alanqa was certainly a inhabitant of the swamps and plains of the ancient Egypt, Siroccopteryx/Coloborhynchus was (if it was like it's nearest relatives) a glider and lover of the ocean which maybe only visited the lagoons of Bahariya to feed on carcasses on the beaches. 

The coloration for this guy was inspired by some petrels and in difference to the other parts of this series I colored this drawing mostly with colored pencils. 
Alanqa by Hyrotrioskjan
Alanqa saharica, so far only known from the Kem Kem beds but as a flying animal it's relatively save to assume that it was also present in Bahariya.
Especially in the light of recent discoveries.
Nizar Ibrahim and David Martill describe in an paper unusual structures on the jaws of this pterosaur so called "bony protuberances on the occlusal surface". A feature so far not known from Azharchids or any other pterosaur. The authors assume that Alanqa may have used these structures to crush the shells of crustaceans and clams. Such invertebrates are rare in the Kem Kem beds but Stromer once described large oyster banks- possible feeding grounds for this pterosaur. A modern day analogy could be the African openbill, a stork, specialized on clams and snails.

The animal shown here has a wingspan of 4 m but single bones indicate the presence of larger, maybe 6 m spanning specimens. 

Edit: Now with an juvenile specimen, Alanqa is one of a few pterosaurs were we may have hints of the ontogentic growth series, the presumed juveniles have a much shorter beak and certainly preferred a different diet, something you can also observe in other pterosaurs (look at "Beasts of Antiquity" by Matt Martyniuk for some nice examples).
Aquilops by Hyrotrioskjan
The last days weren't that pleasant, most of the time I laid in my bed, sniffing, sleeping and tea drinking. But know it's going better and better and today I felt like I could produce something more than just sketches.
One motivation was the publication of an new basal and pretty cool ceratopsian from North America, Aquilops americanus, and the awesome art Brian Engh produced for the paper. 
This- far worse- reconstruction which I made within 2,5 hours or so is my step back into the light of art (maybe something you can see on the face of this small guy).

Pencil, watercolor and gouache on paper with slight digital correction of the proportions.

The paper:…

Biran's work:…
Dryadissector- just varanoid or draconiform? by Hyrotrioskjan
Dryadissector- just varanoid or draconiform?
Recently Brian Switek wrote about a new lizard species from the campanium of Texas: Dryodissector shilleri
It's only known from teeth which are surprising theropod like blades. But even more exiting is how many teeth Wick, S., Lehman, T., Brink, A. 2014 found, they outnumber by theropod teeth from the same site, but mammal teeth are- which is pretty unusual- even higher in number! (remains of their possible pray and competitors)
Cranial or postcranial elements aren't known but the teeth are surprisingly similar to teeth known from primitive draconiformes like Apotomerus or Auroradraco. Appotomerus. But both are only known from Appalachia, while Dryadissector is a laramidian animal, this could be a interesting twist in the evolutionary biogeography of dragons. But it could also be a basal varanoid with no close relationship to dragons so I "reconstruct" this animal here in both ways.

Brian's article: phenomena.nationalgeographic.c…
Paralititan by Hyrotrioskjan
And now the largest inhabitant of the Bahariya ecosystem, Paralitian stromeri, a maybe 23 m long titanosaur, heavy enough to crush the tank of Arnold Schwarzenegger, big enough to impress... everyone, and maybe defensive looking enough to let even a few Aegyptosaurus peacefully graze in its shadow.

This old bull with many scars and a healed fracture in the tail could be the specimen which Smith ET AL. published 2001 

For this picture I used mostly :iconpaleo-king:'s skeletal drawing/description as a reference: Paralititan stromeri by Paleo-King

Edit: oh and maybe this is a bit more pleasing for your eyes than the "knightian" apatosaurs from JW ;)


Joschua Knüppe
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Hi, my name is Joschua Knüppe

In the moment I study free art at the Academy of fine arts Münster and I hope to work and teach one day as a independent artist and illustrator.
My work can be split into three big parts:
1. Paleoart and Paleontography
2. fictional ecosystems, some of them on other planets
3. mythical creatures, especially dragons, depicted in a realistic way

All my work is connected together and form large four-dimensional networks which become more and more dense with the time.
In terms of an classic modernist I'm a concept artist, which means that the idea is for me always more important or interesting than the form of it, I still try to improve myself, and I see that it work, but the construct, the concept behind my artwork is the real art.

I love comments, positive and negative, try to reply each of them and 'm always open for questions.

Projects which are belong together and form large four-dimensional networks:
-Part time humans
-Dragons of the world
-Wegener 2
-Future birds and their world
-Organic technology
-Paleoart (with Jurassic Germany and many more)

Out of this I have two other projects:
-GDM (Global Dinosaur Monument)

This ID cards have a place for interests and hobbys but I'm interested in too much things so I count them here:
dinosaurs, pterosaurs, mosasaurs, birds, dragons, art, art history, paleontology, walking, annoy creationist, writing, reading, drawing, painting, working with clay wood and metal, ants, biology especially behavior, bio technology, bio informatics, fantasy, SiFi, being at DA, doing exhibtions, holding lectures, arguing and many more.

Well, take a look at my Gallery maybe you find something, beautiful, strange, interesting or more positive adjectives ;)

If you want to use my work ask first, I normally don't mind but I want still the controll over my work. Also I don't like to see my work out of it's original context, how I said: the story behind the pictures is important!

Commissions: I normally don't do commissions, exeptions are for scientists who want a reconstructions. In addition I do sometimes sketches for friends and people who ask friendly =)

If you have questions or other reasons to contact me can send me a Note here on DA or mail me under:

I'm now also on Facebook!…

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Journal Entry: Mon Nov 17, 2014, 1:36 PM
  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: the weeping of Spino-fanboys...
  • Watching: sleeping cats on my bed
  • Playing: with my sketchbook
  • Eating: cake
  • Drinking: water

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AmmoniteFiction Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Wie kann es sein, dass sich die Schwimmblase von Fischen aus den ursprünglich paarigen Lungen primitiver Knochenfische des Devons entwickelt hat, wenn doch Lungen (so weit ich weiß) erstmals bei Amphibien auftreten bzw. bei Lungenfischen? Aber die frühen Lungenfische waren doch nicht die Vorfahren aller heutigen Schwimmblase-tragenden Knochenfische. :faint:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional General Artist
Ah, das ist schwierig zu erklären, besonders wenn man es immer anders gelernt hat.

Dazu muss man sagen das Landwirbeltiere in gewisser Weise zu den Knochenfischen gezählt werden können, und der Vorfahre aller heute noch lebenden Knochenfische- ein Fleischflosser- muss so was wie primitive Lungen gehabt haben, eine Ausstülpung des Vorderdarms- (Fleischflosser sind weit älter als Strahlenflossen) Ein Teil der Fleischflosser behielt dieses Merkmal bei, darunter auch die Quatenflosser und Lungenfische und von diesen wiederum entwickelte sich eine Gruppe weiter in Richtung Tetrapoden, also Landwirbeltiere.
Andere Knochenfische, besonders die Strahlenflosser, verloren die Fähigkeit jedoch wieder mit ihren Lungen zu atmen und entwickelten die Schwimmblase als Auftriebsorgan. Basale Strahlenflosser wie die Flösselhechte besitzen immer noch paarige, einfache Lungen die aber auch bereits wie Schwimmblasen eingesetzt werden können.
Äußerlich hatten die frühen Fleischlosser auch nicht viel mit den heutigen Lungenfischen und Quastenflossern gemeinsam und die wenigen Fleischflosser die es heute noch gibt sind halt extrem konservativ und lassen kaum erahnen wie vielfältig diese Gruppe einst war.
AmmoniteFiction Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Okay, danke :nod:
AmmoniteFiction Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Bitte sag mir, dass die Rundgang Ausstellung im März ist! Schreibe zwischen dem 03. und dem 26. Februar meine ganzen Klausuren :faint:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional General Artist
Ich muss dich leider enttäuschen, Eröffnung ist am 4. und es endet am 8. Februar.

Allerdings muss ich sagen das ich leider nicht dazu kommen die großen Fische aufzuhängen, wie ich heute erfahren habe kriege ich den Platz leider nicht. =(
Dinofuzz Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Geht mir auch, wie :iconammonitefiction:...
Argh!!! Surubiiiiiiii!!!
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner 4 hours ago  Professional General Artist
Gut das man sowas im Kunststudium eher wenig hat =D
AmmoniteFiction Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Puh, das kriege ich vielleicht noch gerade so hin :)

Oh nein :faint: Was machst du stattdessen?
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional General Artist
Ich drück die Daumen :thumbsup:

Werd mal gucken, den Platz auf dem Rasen zum Aufbauen eines Kuchopaya Zeremonialkreises hab ich bekommen, aber leider nicht
den Raum den ich auch beim letzten mal hatte, deswegen muss ich mich wohl mit den anderen in der Klasse arrangieren. 
Das bedeutet für mich eine ziemliche Einschränkung aber ich komm schon irgenwie klar.
Vielleicht werde ich nach dem Rundgang einfach noch mal eine eigene Ausstellung starten um die Fische zu zeigen. 
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Jdailey1991 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
A little early Christmas gift for you:…
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