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Wiehenvenator albati by Hyrotrioskjan Wiehenvenator albati by Hyrotrioskjan
Some time ago I had a little Paleo BBQ with :iconpilsator: and friends, we talked a lot about stuff and things and I told also the story of the Monster von Minden and how I wait for it to be finally published. Two days later Pils wrote me that he found an abstract about a new species which could be the animal so many waited for. Time, place and description were promising so I asked around a little bit and finally contacted Oliver Rauhut, the main author of the paper and asked him if they already had a reconstruction of the animal or if they would like to have one. 
He agreed and so I got the paper began to work on this painting, beginning with a simple size chart you have seen before. 
I must say I dreamed about being the first who reconstruct this animal ever since I heard about this mysterious theropod, and even more when I saw the fossils in Münster. 

And finally it is published and I can talk with you about this awesome fossil. Wiehenvenator albati, the hunter of the Wiehengebirge (a low mountain range in northwest Germany) is the largest theropod found in Germany so far and maybe the second largest theropod in Europe overall. 
For a european theropod it is surprisingly complete, large parts of the skull, a finger phalanx, ribs, a gastral rib, caudal vertebrae, fibulae and an astragalus are known, sounds not like much but for a European theropod this is huge! The skull is pretty plain, no big ornaments, and is relatively long and slender. In contrast to it's closest relatives this animal has a wider ribcage and was probably more robust build.

Wiehenvenator comes out right beside Torvosaurus in the phylogenetic analysis of the paper, but it is far older, from the middle Jurassic (Callovium), a period which is poorly known, even the marine fossil record is rather frustrating, which makes this find even more important. It looks like the successful dynasty of trovosaurs had it's beginning here and later moved to North America. W. albati was found in marine sediments and in that case it's not alone. Most megalosaurid fossils were found in marine or coastal sediments. In contrast allosaurids are mostly restricted to inland habitats and became more dominant toward the end of the Jurassic, while megalosaurs went nearly extinct, leaving only Torvosaurus behind. 
Speaking about Torvosaurus: Estimated from the known fossils Wiehenvenator was likely in between T. tanneri and T. gurneyi, So maybe 9 m long, but the specimen which was found in 1999 wasn't fully grown yet, so some specimens might have reached 10 m in length. this is damn large when you consider that Europe was a large archipelago during that time and it supports the idea that these animals were professional island hoppers.

Besides Wiehenvenator I painted here a lot of the animals found with, or near by the specimen. Two crocodilians are known from the same area, one is a Metriorhynchus, two species of ammonite were found as well and large oysters of the species Gryphaea dilatata (hard to see here). The rhamphorhynchine pterosaurs are speculative since only a few fragments of such animals are known from that time but the fact they they were able to fly and lived in marine and coastal settings make such a sight reasonable. The dead wood you see here is also known from the locality, huge chunks of wood are actually found right beside the bones of Wiehenvenator*.

Here the Earth Archives article!
www.eartharchives.org/articles…

UPDATE: the metriorhynchid material of the locality has been described too, it turns out to be most likely a Tyrannoneustes, the first fossil of this genus from this region:
link.springer.com/article/10.1…


*parts of the giant fish Leedsichthys are also known from the locality but that is maybe a motive for another time, this place has definitely potential for more interesting material to discover.
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:iconherofan135:
herofan135 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent restoration here, and I love your attention to details!
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:iconkingrexy:
kingrexy Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful details! Love it! And this is a new one? So cool!
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:iconcyansky95:
Cyansky95 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful illustration and interesting find!
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:iconevodolka:
Evodolka Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
a beautiful scene of a lonely hunter taking a walk on the beach :)
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner May 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Vielleicht der Besitzer der Zähne die man on Norddeutschland findet, wo du ja auch einen megalosaurier gezeichnet hast
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner May 10, 2017  Professional General Artist
Das waren spätjurassische Funde
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:iconthedubstepaddict:
TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner May 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh well
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Danny-Buckle Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
Fascinating. I particularly like the small red feathers on the Wiehenvanator's skull. It just looks amazing.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thanks! =D 
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:icondanny-buckle:
Danny-Buckle Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
You're welcome.
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:iconlaperleo:
LaPerleo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
For some reason I just love dinosaurs on the beach. Love 
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Professional General Artist
=D
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:iconpaleo-reptiles:
Paleo-reptiles Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016
Beautiful
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thanks =)
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:iconpaleosir:
paleosir Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Likely the single best piece of paleoart I have seen.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much :lol: :bow:
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:iconpaleosir:
paleosir Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem!
I seriously mean it:) (Smile) 
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:icongwyndor:
Gwyndor Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sieht ja richtig nice aus :D
Vor allem die Protofedern am Kopf gefallen mir gut
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016  Professional General Artist
Danke =)
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:iconconstrict0r12:
Constrict0r12 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So cool. :)
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016  Professional General Artist
thanks ^^
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:iconantonellisofbbender:
AntonellisofbBender Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Student Filmographer
this image is awesome and accurate enough
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016  Professional General Artist
=D
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:iconantonellisofbbender:
AntonellisofbBender Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016  Student Filmographer
:)
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:iconpilsator:
pilsator Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Schön ist es geworden. Hoffe mal das war nicht unser letztes "Paleo BBQ" ;)
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Professional General Artist
Ist unwahrscheinlich =D Leider wird das mit Tet zoo ja nichts...
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:iconzgerken:
Zgerken Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
You've done an awesome job with this one!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you :lol:
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:iconzgerken:
Zgerken Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
;)
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice! It's finally posted :D
I like that term "professional island hoppers". That can cause some good artwork.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Professional General Artist
That's what i wanted to imply with this, words can create pictures ;)
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:iconantfingers:
AntFingers Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Smexy.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Professional General Artist
=D
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:iconhublerdon:
HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Professional General Artist
Many thanks ^^
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:iconnorththeicewing:
Norththeicewing Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
My new favorite dinosaur (besides spinosaurus who will always be #1 in my heart)
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Professional General Artist
haha, thanks ^^
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Norththeicewing Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome, your art is so cool
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016  Professional General Artist
:lol:
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:iconbhut:
bhut Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016
Wonderful job! The dinosaur looks really authentic, as well as its' surroundings do. 
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot :lol:
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:iconbhut:
bhut Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
You're welcome.
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:iconbh1324:
bh1324 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016
Stunning depiction for one of the most interesting Dinosaurs described this year.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you :lol:
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:iconvcr-wolfe:
VCR-WOLFE Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016   Filmographer
the tangent of the wiehenvenators head and the sandbar in the distance is a little distracting, or could have been executed better in mind of that, but otherwise im really fond of the colorations you chose for the fella
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Professional General Artist
I know what you mean, I had problems with that too, but when I noticed it it was too late.
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:iconvcr-wolfe:
VCR-WOLFE Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016   Filmographer
happens to the best of us ;v;
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Professional General Artist
That for sure, and since I work traditional it's much harder to change ;)
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:iconvcr-wolfe:
VCR-WOLFE Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016   Filmographer
very true! i think sticking with that trad work is pretty admirable though, teaches you some humbleness of accepting those mistakes when they happen
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Venatorius Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting head coloration you gave this guy.Almost reminds me of the head coloration of a species of bird whose name and species escapes me.

On a sidenote,that dead tree looks like it would also look good as driftwood for an aquarium hehe.
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