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Inostrancevia by Raph04art Inostrancevia by Raph04art
The Gorgonopsid Inostrancevia during the late Permian getting some sun. Earlier when I shared this to the Paleoartists group on facebook I said I'm getting more and more interested on Stem Mammals like this critter, ('Mammal like reptiles' are more of an improper term for them these days)well I guess I totally love them now :D

Notice that most of the features I gave em are sort of Mammalian (whiskers, chops, lips) a small ear hole just there near the lower jaw (hope you see it lol) these are pretty much speculative obviously. I'm tired of that reptilian walking with monsters look that most artists out there give it. True mammals appeared during the Triassic and I believe fur didn't just pop out of nowhere during that period. Their Ancestors and relatives from the Permian should've at least started showing these mammalian features. But again, this is just my take on it, pure speculation.Instead of scales, I rather gave it a scalelesss skin with thin fur (notice the wrinkles) and I looked at naked mole rats and other mammals with smooth skin for reference

Also, I created my facebook art page JUST NOW because I noticed more and more people are following me on my personal account which is appreciated of course. So here is a place where I'll be posting more of my new stuff soon. If you have some time go over there and 'Like' that'd be appreciated. There's not much in there for now but it'll be active soon when I have new works to show. 
www.facebook.com/raph04art/
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:iconmilesbonekeeper177:
MilesBonekeeper177 Featured By Owner 8 hours ago
I love them
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jurassic-bastoo Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016
they look so cool, I love how their skulls and snouts look really mammalian like !
but apparently, according to this : markwitton-com.blogspot.fr/201… , saberthoothed animals didn't have their teeth exposed in the same way Hyppos and mandrills do. 
Love your style ! :D
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:iconalvaro84:
alvaro84 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016
Thanks for the link, it's a very interesting read!
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:iconjurassic-bastoo:
No problem
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:iconzhombah:
Zhombah Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always liked to call these guys puppy-lizards. Even though they're not closely related to either animal, I think it describes them perfectly.
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:icongrisador:
grisador Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016
Amazing work ! :wow:
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:icondinoal188:
Dinoal188 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work! As always.
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:iconviergacht:
Viergacht Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
This is perfectly wondderful :)
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:iconbulbafriend:
BulbaFriend Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I wonder if I keep this as a pet!
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:iconraph04art:
Raph04art Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Student General Artist
Nope It'll maul you to death I'm afraid 
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:iconmugenseiryuu:
MugenSeiRyuu Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016
It's bigger than a tiger, so you probably should get a smaller gorgonopsian, like Lycaenops instead.
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:iconbulbafriend:
BulbaFriend Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Lycaenops is so small!
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:iconmugenseiryuu:
MugenSeiRyuu Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016
Pet-sized.
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:iconbulbafriend:
BulbaFriend Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Cat blob 
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:iconmugenseiryuu:
MugenSeiRyuu Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016
Like that.
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TheWarOfTheRing Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
Love the new hairdo, it's a far cry from the very saurian look presented in shows like Primeval or Walking with Monsters. Wish people making stuff about prehistoric animals would include more fur and feathers, I'm kind of sick of scales :P
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:iconmugenseiryuu:
MugenSeiRyuu Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
Those guys would probably counter with: "But scales make them way more badass. Feathers and fur makes them look like pussies." You know, because eagles, bears and big cats are total wimps....
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:iconthewarofthering:
TheWarOfTheRing Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016
People just rip off Jurassic Park because it's popular and they have no imaginations :P
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:iconmugenseiryuu:
MugenSeiRyuu Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016
Well, with feathers at least there are people who actively hate them and say that feathered Dinosaurs are not scary, look ridicolous etc.
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:iconthewarofthering:
TheWarOfTheRing Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016
I wonder what such people would think were they being pursued by a Yutyrannus? XD
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:iconmugenseiryuu:
MugenSeiRyuu Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016
"That doesn't look scary. It's just like a giant chicken...OH MY GOD! AAAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGGGHHHH!"
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BenediktDietrich Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow I am glad I saw this, your work is exceptionally stunning! Very nice work! I am a dummy! 
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:iconseptimus-oraka:
Septimus-Oraka Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
Your paleoart is impressive. :)
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:iconvestiphile:
Vestiphile Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
Great (x10^7) Grandfather?
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:iconmugenseiryuu:
MugenSeiRyuu Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
More like Uncle or Aunt.
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:iconvestiphile:
Vestiphile Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
Ah, right--right! Or nth-cousin, ~10^7 removed.
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:iconmugenseiryuu:
MugenSeiRyuu Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
Yep. Like that. The Cynodontia are the ones that gave rise to mammals. ( Mammals are Cyndontia like Birds are Dinosaurs )
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JoeytheTailypo Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
Amazing and that is my favorite creatures
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AzureHowlShilach Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that looks amazing! <3
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:iconwolfsbane6:
wolfsbane6 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
Awesome work!
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Tengri-Kut Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
Gorgonopsid
Very good picture 👍
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:iconrhoadienom:
RhoadieNom Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Eee you have inspired me to draw these guys! Maybe I'll try some adopts lol
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snippetsensuality Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I love early mammals, they look so malformed and not well adapted.
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:iconmugenseiryuu:
MugenSeiRyuu Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
Well, this guy is not a mammal. And neither malformed nor not well adapted.
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snippetsensuality Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Mammal enough for me. They look like something that didn't last too long in the grand scheme of things. They look about as well adapted as Dodo's or Japanese Wolves in that if something came along that was able to hunt them in any capacity, they'd be killed of in decades
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MugenSeiRyuu Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
Well, as far as we know, Inostrancevia was the biggest carnivore of its time ( larger than a tiger ) and lived in Russia, existing for 6 million years. ( which is slightly longer than the genus Panthera exists ). Not exactly something that one could compare with a species living on an Island, where conditions are different. Dodo = flightless due to lack of predators. Japanese Wolf = result of Insular Dwarfism.
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snippetsensuality Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Student Digital Artist
But where is it today?
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TrilobiteCannibal Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dead, because the largest mass extinction that ever happened, happened
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snippetsensuality Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Oh big bad dino-dog-thing can't take a little extinction event?
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TrilobiteCannibal Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
... it was by mere chance anything else survived. 70% of all life on the surface and 95% in the water went extinct. this was literally the largest extinction event that ever happened. the kpg mass extinction (the one that took out non-bird dinosaurs) looks like a slight dip in comparison philschatz.com/biology-book/re…

and like MugenSeiRyuu  said "An amniote genus generally only exists for a few million years. Some last over 20 million years, but those are the expection."
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MugenSeiRyuu Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
You expect it to be still around after 252 million years? An amniote genus generally only exists for a few million years. Some last over 20 million years, but those are the expection.

As for what killed this specific genus of animal: Inostrancevia was likely wiped out through the Permian-Triassic Extinction Event also known as the Great Dying. Given that it lived in Russia and the Event is connected to the Sibirian Traps, you can do the math.
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The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
AWESOME!!!

Raven: *GASP!* Awesome
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Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
Most excellent  :)
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robotranicrex Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
well done good sir
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:iconraph04art:
Raph04art Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Student General Artist
Thank you
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:iconanimaliaharts:
Animaliaharts Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, how do you even have the motivation let alone skill to work on something this beautiful? It's magnificent, and I love how you included a playful side to an animal which was thought to be a ruthless hunter/scavenger 🐺
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:iconraph04art:
Raph04art Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Student General Artist
Not to mention monstrous, anyway thank you much appreciated :D
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:iconstanleyrabbid:
StanleyRabbid Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"hunter/scavenger"
thanks jack horner
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LukeAndZiky Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
naaaww the gorgo rolling around is so cute XD
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