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Skimming? No thanks! by Hyrotrioskjan
Skimming? No thanks!
:iconjd-man: wrote a comment under the first PaleoPolice picture: "There should be a "WARNING: DON'T SKIM FEED THE PTEROSAURS" sign. ;) (Wink)"

And of course that's totally something which had to come onto my to-do-list especially because that's exactly how the PPD tries to prevent artists and scientists doing something stupid. I hope there will be a real version one day, but for now this is enough. And now SPREAD THE WORD (or the sign) and post it under every skim feeding pterosaur you see =D
PaleoPolice front picture by Hyrotrioskjan
PaleoPolice front picture
A possible title picture for a potential PaleoPolice Facebook group. 
Libycosuchus brevirostris by Hyrotrioskjan
Libycosuchus brevirostris
I had not much time during the last days but here it is: one of these very rare reconstructions of Libycosuchus (to my knowledge there is only one another)
This small notosuchid is one of a few species from Bahariya which we know not only from drawings of Stromer, it's skull is one of a few specimens which survived WWII
Here the skull:…
Like other notosuchids Libycosuchus seems to be adapted for land, the skull is very robust, the teeth not very large, it was suggested that it was the hyena of Bahariya, a scavenger with strong jaws.
But everyone who know hyenas is aware of the fact that these carnivores aren't just scavengers. Beside feeding on the stuff Spinosaurus and Charcharodontosaurus left behind it could have crushed the shells of mollusks or feed on the scavenging crabs which were found under the bones of Paralititan.
I could also imagine small packs of these animals wandering through the mangrove forests of old Egypt plundering nests and hunting small dinosaurs (after all, there is a lack of small theropods in the Bahariya formation)
PaleoPolice! by Hyrotrioskjan
Because we need one! Yesterday, while visiting the Natural History Museum in Münster me and :icondinofuzz: had the idea for the #PaleoPolice, a potential Youtube channel or Facebook Group. I imagined myself riding through a museum with an tricycle and searching for plagiarism, Copyright violations and scientific inaccuracies! 
Deinocheirus by Hyrotrioskjan
Again here two small, quick paintings of an recent "discovery".
Finally after all that waiting Deinocheirus steps into light, not really surprising stuff (beside the thickness of the lower jaw and the fragments of fishes in the stomach region).
NatGeo gives a good overview here: phenomena.nationalgeographic.c…
And the Nature paper can be bought here:…

This is not my first try on Deinocheirus, shortly after the last SVP meeting I produced many sketches and a painting based on descriptions: <da:thumb id="411584297"><da:thumb id="412704181">


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
  • Listening to: the weeping of Spino-fanboys...
  • Watching: sleeping cats on my bed
  • Playing: with my sketchbook
  • Eating: cake
  • Drinking: water
Two idea I want to share.

I'm still deep inside the four-dimensional matrix of northern Africa, especially the Bahariya formation. Since working on Jurassic Germany I always try to get a whole picture of an ecosystem, so I also read about the crocodiles, the invertebrates and even plants of this formation (many water-plants, inter alia a mangrove tree-fern) and of course the other dinosaurs.

Interestingly very little is known about the herbivores of this time at this place, most likely because there were not many of them (a observation also made in Kem Kem) ornithishia are even completely absent. But on the other side we have remains of giant Theropods like Spinosaurus, Charcharodontosaurs and Deltadromeus (which is a very controversial fellow). 
Spinosaurus was maybe a bit like a mixture of polar bear and heron, swimming from shore to shore and from mangrove island to mangrove island to hunt large fish in the shallow waters (or, how some assume, drifting motionless in deeper water until something tasty swims by). And how I showed already in my gallery, the waters of northen Africa were filled with fishes and other animals large enough to fill the stomach of even the largest spinosaurids.
The diet of Charcharo seems to be different, teeth, skull and body were more conservative, good to cut through flesh but not really helpful to grab fish. Here the sauropods of Bahariya comes into view, represented by two species, Aegyptosaurus (Stromer 1932) and Paralititan (Smith et. al. 2001) (and maybe also Rebbachisaurus).
OhSoSocial Apex Predator Behaviour by Dinofuzz
Aegyptorsaurus was a middle sized sauropod, maybe 16 m long while Paralititan was much bigger, maybe 26 m long giant. Both species are, though they were large (and large bones are more likely to be preserved) only represented by one specimen, and the Aegyptosaurs bones got lost during WWII. 
When we look at this graphic Bahariya, Egypt by NamDaotetanurae it becomes clear that Charachrodontosaurus was not larger than Aegaptosaurus but definitely a big danger for this sauropod. 
Of course we don't know for sure that Charcharo hunted these animals but when we look at the known fauna of Bahariya it becomes clear that there was not much else which would fit it's jaws. So the question is: how could Aegyptosaurus withstand such attacks. Because of the teeth I would suggest that Charcharo tried to cut large pieces of flesh out of the hides of its prey, stood back and waited for the next opportunity. One possibility would be to live in herds, and maybe Aegyptosaurus had osteoderms like some other titanosaurs which gave it a bit protection. Another thing which came into my mind is multi-species herding. Adult Paralititan were definitely too large to fear a Charcharodontosaurus, maybe even several of them. Like some modern herbivores Aegyptosaurus could walk together with their larger cousins to get protection. Thanks to the very different sizes (and maybe other attributes) both wouldn't rival much*.
It's also possible that sauropods like Aegyptosaurus were just seasonal guests of the Bahariya river systems. Maybe they migrated toward the north in the dry season when these regions still had enough water to feed Spinosaurus with fish.

On a side note I think it's also possible that Charcharodontosaurus sometimes used fish or crocodiles as a source of proteins. With so many aquatic creatures around it would be strange if not.

*Idea for Paleoartists, maybe Aegyptosaurus even looked similar to adult Paralititan

Well these are mymusings for the day, make of it what ever you want =)

All the best,


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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the favorite :)
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional General Artist
Evenape Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
Congratulations for being on TV! :D
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional General Artist
Thanks =D
Dinofuzz Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Haha, ja kenn ich schon =D Mike Tayler ist wahrhaft ein Meister seines Fachs ;)
Dinofuzz Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Mit dem Diadectes muss man ihm aber auch recht geben. Überall grün! Wie ein riesiger Leguan! Argh!

Aber der Schleimaal war ja auch mal genial! :D Neunaugen künstlerisch recycled!
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Stimmt, wird Zeit ein paar Klischees aufzubrechen =D
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Plioart Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the favorite :) (Smile)
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
No problem, such work need to be faved ^^
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