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Libycosuchus brevirostris by Hyrotrioskjan Libycosuchus brevirostris by Hyrotrioskjan
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: www.paleofile.com/imges/Crocod…
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)
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:icondinosaurlover83:
Dinosaurlover83 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015  Student Artist
Wasn't this related to Simosuchus? If so, I thought it would be a herbivore.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
We have a skull and the dentition isn't that of an herbivores... ;)
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:icondinosaurlover83:
Dinosaurlover83 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Student Artist
ok.
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:iconjokercarnage5:
JokerCarnage5 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Kind of ugly, kind of cute.
nice job. 
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks =D
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:iconterizinosaurus:
Terizinosaurus Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
IT IS FANTASTIC!!!:) :) :)
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you =D
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:iconkaprosuchusdragon:
KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015
firs time i looked at this piece i hated it but as i studied it i love it now one of my favorite pieces awsome workI am a dummy! Clap 
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Professional General Artist
haha Thanks =D
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:iconkaprosuchusdragon:
KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
no problem haha :D
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:icondiscotechna:
DiscoTechna Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
Cool, love the way you did the scales!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you :lol:
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:icondanieljamieson:
Danieljamieson Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
nice work :) 
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
Many thanks =)
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:icondanieljamieson:
Danieljamieson Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
very welcome :) 
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:iconthemightysaurus:
TheMightySaurus Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
it looks like a puppy crocodile....I WANT ONE!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
=D
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:iconelectreel:
electreel Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
Astounding work! :)
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot =D
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:iconthemightybrachiosaur:
And it continues! Your going to have to make a big Bahariya panorama with all these species someday ;) .
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
We will see ;)
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:iconbhurloka12:
Bhurloka12 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
Wouldn't a scavenging reptile need bigger teeth than what you're describing? Otherwise it sounds something like a fox or jackal.
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:icontraheripteryx:
Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It does always depend on what part of a carcass it would eat. Sure, no hard skin or even bones but soft organs would go well.
As well as left-overs from bigger carnivores.
We can see similar adaptations to different parts of carcasses in modern day vultures, for example.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well, that's all speculations, but I think the size of the teeth is in this case not so important, here a comparison: palaeos.com/vertebrates/crocod…
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ZoPteryx Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on this reconstruction, it looks fantastic!  Given its size, I wonder if it occupied a niche similar to that later taken by monitor lizards and small foxes.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you =) 

I think it was something in-between, the jaws of the hyena, the size of an fox and the bauplan of an flightless dragon ;)
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
Interesting animal. You have drawn it in such realistic way that it is hard to believe that this is only the second reconstruction of this critter, and it is not one of those so well known and overdone extinct archosaurs. Solid work on the scales and other details. Nice!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks Vlad, I learned a lot from the Machimosaurus stuff =D
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:iconherofan135:
herofan135 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really beautiful, love the scales! Perhaps these guys filled the niche that was occupied by smaller theropods in other places?
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
That's what I want to say with the last sentence of the description ;)
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:iconpinerain:
PineRain Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks very neat.
I love it when people do the lesser well-known animals.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Many thanks :lol:
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:iconspinofan12:
Spinofan12 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Amazing, as usual Mr. Knüppe
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks ^^
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:iconspinofan12:
Spinofan12 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
No problem!
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Xiphactinus Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a great job, Joshua! Striking detail of the skin of the animal in your picture.
You now draw crocodylomorphs from the Cretaceous of Africa?
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Maybe maybe, we will see ;)
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:iconmartiitram:
Martiitram Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
Why do your drawings always make my day better?Now I remember, cause they're awesome!:clap: :D
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Haha, thanks, lt me hug you :hug:
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:iconmartiitram:
Martiitram Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
:hug: :D
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:iconviergacht:
Viergacht Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Neat little critter. 
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you :hug:
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:iconsmnt2000:
Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work Joschua, the textures are amazing!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot =D
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:icontraheripteryx:
Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nett, mal einen weniger populären Verwandten von Araripesuchus & Co zu sehen. :)
Das Farbschema ist genial! :D

(Nebenbei: Hyänen sind außerdem um einiges gefährlicher! ;))
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Danke, es ist immer wieder schön sich solche eher wenig bekannten Biester vorzunehmen ;)
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sagittariussigner Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist
You doing better direction with the extinct animals than the Jurassic park/Jurassic world film makers do with their movie monsters ?
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you =D Well I guess they had just a bunch of very old people in their creative team, no paleoartist from our generation would create such monster, even for money ;)
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ElisetheEvil Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014   Traditional Artist
Amazing!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks =D
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