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We are the night by Hyrotrioskjan
We are the night
Some time ago I got a list of still existing specimens of Stromers collection. Two teeth in this list let me raise my eyebrows. I had read about Scapanorhynchus before (a extinct relative of the goblin shark) but never looked more closely at this genus.
Because these sharks are so similar to the modern goblin shark it's speculated that they had the same lifestyle which means it should be a deep sea dweller. But the Tethys wasn't a deep ocean in this region of what is know the libyan desert. At this point I remembered a article I once read about a permian shark which survived the great dying by diving deeper into the ocean and so surprisingly was found in France in cretaceous strata. Maybe goblin sharks did something similar? Maybe the species that lived before the K-Pg event didn't inhabited the deep (or at least not only) but were lovers of the night or murky waters where their long sensitive snouts gave them the ability to find prey no one else can find. 
Here you see one of these sharks quickly swimming out of the way of an larger polycotylid, these late plesiosaurs occupied in many ways the niches of the ichthyosaurs and I could imagine that some also hunted in the dark. 

I would like to hear your thoughts on this, oh and here the article I speak about:…
Back in the deep blue by Hyrotrioskjan
Back in the deep blue
As I promised here some invertebrates. 
On the left you see a swarm of Baculites syriacus, a nearly straight shelled ammonite (not orthocerat or nautiloid!). It's a interesting genus which is known to grow up to 2 m in length (but not all species) they lived in the middle part of the water column and most likely feed on zooplankton. In addition it may displayed a radical sexual dimorphism with male only growing a third to half the size of the females. 

On the other side you see a Aegyptosaurus carcass which was washed into the ocean some Cretolamna are already drawn there by the scent and begin to eat what the river monsters has left. Under them a Neolobites vibrayeanus passes by. It's a stratigraphically important species, characteristic for the Cenomanian of northern Africa.
Swimming in dangerous waters by Hyrotrioskjan
Swimming in dangerous waters
A Aegyptosaurus bahariyensis paddles through a tidal channel. A dangerous action for such an animal.
With "just" 18m in length without a herd and in an habitat with so many large predators this Aegyptosaurus takes great risks by crossing this stream.

Below its feet some ammonites swimm over the sea floor. This is just a generic ammonite, but don't worry invertebrate lovers there will be more, more specific stuff.
Two more tries by Hyrotrioskjan
Two more tries
How I promised here more stuff with the new technique.

On the left you see two specimens of Stromer's Polycotylid, one adult and a juvenile which was born in the mangroves of the Bahariya river system and now smells the ocean for the first time.
On the right we have a Onchopristis on its way through the Tethys toward it#s breeding grounds... also the mangrove channels of the Bahariya river system.

These two results are a bit more fine tuned, I had more control over the spray paint and sharper pencils, next time I will try to work with three tones of blue.
Enchodus by Hyrotrioskjan
Don't look like Bahariya but is Bahariya. 
This is a first experiment with an new technique I try. The paper got sprayed with acrylic spray-paint on which I draw with colored pencils. I have already two others which are better than this first try but let us start here.
Enchodus is, if known to you, best documented from the Western Interior Seaway, large species could grow up to 1,5 m in length and were armed with long fangs in front of the snout. Stromer found some of those teeth at the Gebel el Dist in Bahariya and similar fossils from Morocco are available in online shops. They indicate that their former owners were at least the same size like the biggest specimens from North America. 


Joschua Knüppe
Artist | Professional | Varied
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!…
  • Mood: Artistic
  • Reading: The Kingdom of Fungi
  • Watching: Assassins Creed Let's Play
  • Playing: with my sketchbook
  • Eating: cake
  • Drinking: water
It's again this time of the year when everyone in our academy goes crazy, a sudden burst of activity rushes through the whole building and the workshops are full with hastily working students.

Our class is too very busy in cleaning the rooms and dividing the rooms. It's still not clear what space I will get (and I'm still struggling between two projects to show) but I have a good feeling it will all go well.

And of course everyone how wants to come can come. The academy is open from 05.02 to 08.02 from 10:00 to 20:00 and I will be there all the time. 

Here more information, the poster (I'm not sure if I like the version of this year) and a timelapse video of the Foyer from last year.…

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Plioart Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :D (Big Grin) 
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional General Artist
No problem =)
munkas02 Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago  New member Student Artisan Crafter
Another question, are there any australian or baharyian crustaceans/ammonites or small mosasaurs/pliosaurs/plesiosaurs ( I mean really small, 1-2 metres)that I might be able to do on my bedroom walls, and any tips? 

The background is a really light, bright, turquoise,

thanks! munkas02
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional General Artist
Difficult to say.
There are of course many small invertebrates, especially Australia have a lot on genera, just google it.
Mosasaurs are, as much as I know, only fragmentary know but there is a small Plesiosaur, Umoonasaurus (2,5 m long) 
munkas02 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member Student Artisan Crafter
K, thanks, I'll send you a picture of it once I'm done!
Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ich schaffe es vielleicht noch am 7. Februar. ;)
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
Das wäre super :lol:
munkas02 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  New member Student Artisan Crafter
Hey hyro? Can I use your flightless azdarchids idea for my own island project whic is similar to pyrungata, and also what would their scientific names be?
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Professional General Artist
sorry for the late reply, much to do in the moment =)

You can use flightless ahzdarchids, they were not my idea, Dougal Dixon was the first who tried such a concept. 
munkas02 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  New member Student Artisan Crafter
K thanks!
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