Nix Draws Stuff

23 notes

Marine Reptile Month #25 — Vancleavea
Late Triassic period (228-203 mya)
Vancleavea was an unusual late-surviving “non-archosaurian archosauriform”, which basically means it was about as closely related to the archosauria as it’s possible to get without actually being one. 1.2m long (3ft 11in) and covered in overlapping armored scales, its short limbs, deep tail, and upwards-facing nostrils suggest it was a semi-aquatic swimming animal.
Uniquely among all known tetrapods, it also formed its vertical upper tail fin from a row of highly elongated ostederms.
Color palette used: “Shirley the Medium”

Marine Reptile Month #25 — Vancleavea

Late Triassic period (228-203 mya)

Vancleavea was an unusual late-surviving “non-archosaurian archosauriform”, which basically means it was about as closely related to the archosauria as it’s possible to get without actually being one. 1.2m long (3ft 11in) and covered in overlapping armored scales, its short limbs, deep tail, and upwards-facing nostrils suggest it was a semi-aquatic swimming animal.

Uniquely among all known tetrapods, it also formed its vertical upper tail fin from a row of highly elongated ostederms.

Color palette used: “Shirley the Medium

Filed under art paleoart paleontology colourpod marine reptile month 2014 vancleavea archosauriformes Marine Reptiles triassic

35 notes

Marine Reptile Month #24 — Askeptosaurus
Middle Triassic period (247-242 mya)
The askeptosaurids had longer necks and narrower snouts than other thalattosaurs, and appear to have been adapted to hunt fish in deeper water.
Askeptosaurus was very thin and elongated, with a flexible eel-like tail making up around half of its 2m length (6ft 6in). Its relatively large eyes, supported by a bony sclerotic ring much like those of ichthyosaurs, would have allowed it good vision in low light levels.
Color palette used: “Aftermath”

Marine Reptile Month #24 — Askeptosaurus

Middle Triassic period (247-242 mya)

The askeptosaurids had longer necks and narrower snouts than other thalattosaurs, and appear to have been adapted to hunt fish in deeper water.

Askeptosaurus was very thin and elongated, with a flexible eel-like tail making up around half of its 2m length (6ft 6in). Its relatively large eyes, supported by a bony sclerotic ring much like those of ichthyosaurs, would have allowed it good vision in low light levels.

Color palette used: “Aftermath

Filed under art paleoart paleontology colourpod marine reptile month 2014 askeptosaurus askeptosauroidea thalattosauria Marine Reptiles triassic

21 notes

Marine Reptile Month #23 — Hupehsuchus
Early Triassic period (~251-247 Ma)
The hupehsuchians were icthyosaur-like marine reptiles which may or may not be a sister group to early icthyopterygians like Utatsusaurus. They had long narrow snouts, flipper-like limbs (some displaying polydactyly), and bony armor along their spines. One genus named earlier this year, Parahupehsuchus, even modified its entire ribcage into a rigid bone “body tube”.
Hupehsuchus itself was about 1m long (3ft 3in), and its toothless beak-like snout may have been an adaptation for ram feeding.
Color palette used: “[1LP] Tylee”

Marine Reptile Month #23 — Hupehsuchus

Early Triassic period (~251-247 Ma)

The hupehsuchians were icthyosaur-like marine reptiles which may or may not be a sister group to early icthyopterygians like Utatsusaurus. They had long narrow snouts, flipper-like limbs (some displaying polydactyly), and bony armor along their spines. One genus named earlier this year, Parahupehsuchus, even modified its entire ribcage into a rigid bone “body tube”.

Hupehsuchus itself was about 1m long (3ft 3in), and its toothless beak-like snout may have been an adaptation for ram feeding.

Color palette used: “[1LP] Tylee

Filed under art paleoart paleontology colourpod marine reptile month 2014 hupehsuchus hupehsuchia Marine Reptiles triassic

34 notes

Marine Reptile Month #22 — Pachypleurosaurus
Middle Triassic period (~242-235 mya)
Despite having an incredibly similar name, Pachypleurosaurus doesn’t have anything to do with yesterday’s Pleurosaurus. This 1m long (3ft 3in) marine reptile was a basal sauropterygian, closely related to both nothosaurs and plesiosaurs. Unlike the highly adapted flippers of the later plesiosaurs, the limbs of pachypleurosaurs were still very similar to those of terrestrial reptiles, and they probably swam with undulating motions rather than paddling.
Color palette used: “Laced Pastries”

Marine Reptile Month #22 — Pachypleurosaurus

Middle Triassic period (~242-235 mya)

Despite having an incredibly similar name, Pachypleurosaurus doesn’t have anything to do with yesterday’s Pleurosaurus. This 1m long (3ft 3in) marine reptile was a basal sauropterygian, closely related to both nothosaurs and plesiosaurs. Unlike the highly adapted flippers of the later plesiosaurs, the limbs of pachypleurosaurs were still very similar to those of terrestrial reptiles, and they probably swam with undulating motions rather than paddling.

Color palette used: “Laced Pastries

Filed under art paleoart paleontology colourpod marine reptile month 2014 pachypleurosaurus pachypleurosauria sauropterygia Marine Reptiles kind of looks like neapolitan ice cream triassic

13 notes

Marine Reptile Month #21 — Pleurosaurus
Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous period (~152-140 mya)
The pleurosaurs were aquatic members of the rhynchocephalians, a once-widespread group of lizard-like reptiles represented today by just a single genus, the tuatara.
About 60cm long (2ft), Pleurosaurus had a highly elongated body with short limbs and a powerful tail, and was probably capable of fast swimming with an undulating eel-like motion.
Color palette used: “50 Shades of Baby Food”

Marine Reptile Month #21 — Pleurosaurus

Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous period (~152-140 mya)

The pleurosaurs were aquatic members of the rhynchocephalians, a once-widespread group of lizard-like reptiles represented today by just a single genus, the tuatara.

About 60cm long (2ft), Pleurosaurus had a highly elongated body with short limbs and a powerful tail, and was probably capable of fast swimming with an undulating eel-like motion.

Color palette used: “50 Shades of Baby Food

Filed under art paleoart paleontology colourpod marine reptile month 2014 pleurosaurus pleurosaur rhynchocephalia Marine Reptiles some of these 'ugly' color schemes actually work pretty well

150,771 notes

ellliot:

gnostic-forest:

emkaymlp:

mj-the-scientist:

invaderxan:

Mars. In true colour.
Just so you know, a lot of images of Mars which you’ll see have been manipulated. A lot of them have boosted contrast and saturation. So if you’ve ever wondered – images like this one are what Mars actually looks like.

Why does this not have more notes?!?
YOU ARE LITERALLY LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF A ROBOT ON ANOTHER FUCKING PLANET
If you don’t think that’s the tightest shit, you can get out of my face.

i wanted to reblog this so that everyone who sees it can realize just how amazing this is. you are looking at a photograph taken on an entirely different planet. an entire world that has been completely untouched by humanity until only recently. no human in the history of mankind has ever look at those rocks, the soil, the mountains, and the sky until now. and until we finally manage to set foot there for the very first time, no human has ever seen mars from this perspective with their own two eyes or feel the texture of the martian soil on the bottom of their boots. this was only possible by creating a robot, an actual robot, and shooting way out of the reaches of earth and with extremely careful calculations, have it safely land and deploy right where they want it. it’s a robot on another planet being controlled 225 million kilometers away, seeing and studying and sending information for us.
this is the sort of thing you would see in science fiction movies that are only a few decades old. what was only imagination and possibilities back then is now all in this photograph. im looking forward to see what happens in the coming decades

I’m so infatuated by this. 

225 million kilometers away and we got it on film that blows my mind

ellliot:

gnostic-forest:

emkaymlp:

mj-the-scientist:

invaderxan:

Mars. In true colour.

Just so you know, a lot of images of Mars which you’ll see have been manipulated. A lot of them have boosted contrast and saturation. So if you’ve ever wondered – images like this one are what Mars actually looks like.

Why does this not have more notes?!?

YOU ARE LITERALLY LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF A ROBOT ON ANOTHER FUCKING PLANET

If you don’t think that’s the tightest shit, you can get out of my face.

i wanted to reblog this so that everyone who sees it can realize just how amazing this is. you are looking at a photograph taken on an entirely different planet. an entire world that has been completely untouched by humanity until only recently. no human in the history of mankind has ever look at those rocks, the soil, the mountains, and the sky until now. and until we finally manage to set foot there for the very first time, no human has ever seen mars from this perspective with their own two eyes or feel the texture of the martian soil on the bottom of their boots. this was only possible by creating a robot, an actual robot, and shooting way out of the reaches of earth and with extremely careful calculations, have it safely land and deploy right where they want it. it’s a robot on another planet being controlled 225 million kilometers away, seeing and studying and sending information for us.

this is the sort of thing you would see in science fiction movies that are only a few decades old. what was only imagination and possibilities back then is now all in this photograph. im looking forward to see what happens in the coming decades

I’m so infatuated by this. 

225 million kilometers away and we got it on film that blows my mind

(via kuraness)

Filed under reblog space mars nasa dingo gap Mars Curiosity curiosity rover solar system planetary landing astronomy astrophysics SCIENCE

79 notes

Marine Reptile Month #20 — Trinacromerum
Late Cretaceous period (~100-89 mya)
With short necks and elongated heads, the polycotylid plesiosaurs look very similar to the pliosaurs — but they were actually members of the mostly long-necked plesiosauroids instead.
Trinacromerum’s streamlined shape and long flippers would have allowed it to swim at high speeds. At around 3m in length (9ft 10in), its life appearance had been likened to a giant “four-flippered penguin”.
Color palette used: “Blood Orange”

Marine Reptile Month #20 — Trinacromerum

Late Cretaceous period (~100-89 mya)

With short necks and elongated heads, the polycotylid plesiosaurs look very similar to the pliosaurs — but they were actually members of the mostly long-necked plesiosauroids instead.

Trinacromerum’s streamlined shape and long flippers would have allowed it to swim at high speeds. At around 3m in length (9ft 10in), its life appearance had been likened to a giant “four-flippered penguin”.

Color palette used: “Blood Orange

Filed under art paleoart paleontology colourpod marine reptile month 2014 pixel art trinacromerum polycotylidae plesiosaur sauropterygia Marine Reptiles

45 notes

Marine Reptile Month #19 — Qianosuchus
Middle Triassic period (~247-242 mya)
The oldest archosaur known to have taken up a semi-aquatic lifestyle, the 3m long (9ft 10in) Qianosuchus was a member of the poposauroids, an unusual group of stem-crocodyllians that also included sail-backed forms and dinosaur-mimics. It had a deep vertically-flattened tail adapted for propulsion, and dagger-like teeth to keep hold of slippery marine prey, but also retained long erect limbs well-developed for running on land.
I’ve reconstructed it here with a very speculative coating of otter-like fuzz (obscuring the small rows of reduced osteoderms in the skin along its back), because I like to do that kind of thing.
Color palette used: “Portal”

Marine Reptile Month #19 — Qianosuchus

Middle Triassic period (~247-242 mya)

The oldest archosaur known to have taken up a semi-aquatic lifestyle, the 3m long (9ft 10in) Qianosuchus was a member of the poposauroids, an unusual group of stem-crocodyllians that also included sail-backed forms and dinosaur-mimics. It had a deep vertically-flattened tail adapted for propulsion, and dagger-like teeth to keep hold of slippery marine prey, but also retained long erect limbs well-developed for running on land.

I’ve reconstructed it here with a very speculative coating of otter-like fuzz (obscuring the small rows of reduced osteoderms in the skin along its back), because I like to do that kind of thing.

Color palette used: “Portal

Filed under art paleoart paleontology colourpod marine reptile month 2014 qianosuchus poposauroidea pseudosuchia archosaur crocodile feathers fuzzify ALL the archosaurs Marine Reptiles triassic

97 notes

Marine Reptile Month #18 — Plotosaurus
Late Cretaceous period (72-66 mya)
Plotosaurus was one of the most “advanced” mosasaurs in terms of anatomical adaptations, with a highly streamlined body and a large tail fin enabling it to swim at high speeds as a pursuit predator. It grew to lengths of between 9 and 13m (25’6”-42’8”), and probably fed on fish, ammonites, smaller marine reptiles, and aquatic birds — swallowing them almost whole thanks to snake-like flexible jaws.
And, yes, mosasaurs almost certainly had forked tongues. Based on their evolutionary relationships to varanoids and snakes, it’s also possible that they might have been venomous, too.
Color palette used: “Poesie”

Marine Reptile Month #18 — Plotosaurus

Late Cretaceous period (72-66 mya)

Plotosaurus was one of the most “advanced” mosasaurs in terms of anatomical adaptations, with a highly streamlined body and a large tail fin enabling it to swim at high speeds as a pursuit predator. It grew to lengths of between 9 and 13m (25’6”-42’8”), and probably fed on fish, ammonites, smaller marine reptiles, and aquatic birds — swallowing them almost whole thanks to snake-like flexible jaws.

And, yes, mosasaurs almost certainly had forked tongues. Based on their evolutionary relationships to varanoids and snakes, it’s also possible that they might have been venomous, too.

Color palette used: “Poesie

Filed under art paleoart paleontology colourpod marine reptile month 2014 plotosaurus mosasaur varanoidea Marine Reptiles

32 notes

Marine Reptile Month #17 — Placodus
Middle Triassic period (245-235 mya)
A relative of the nothosaurs and plesiosaurs, Placodus was a 2m long (6ft6in) heavily-built marine reptile that specialized in feeding on hard-shelled seafloor animals such as molluscs and crustaceans. It had large flat crushing teeth lining its jaws — including on the palatine bones — and would have been slow-moving both in and out of the water.
Later members of the placodont group also developed extensive armor plating on their backs, becoming incredibly turtle-like.
Color palette used: “Pines on the Mountain”

Marine Reptile Month #17 — Placodus

Middle Triassic period (245-235 mya)

A relative of the nothosaurs and plesiosaurs, Placodus was a 2m long (6ft6in) heavily-built marine reptile that specialized in feeding on hard-shelled seafloor animals such as molluscs and crustaceans. It had large flat crushing teeth lining its jaws — including on the palatine bones — and would have been slow-moving both in and out of the water.

Later members of the placodont group also developed extensive armor plating on their backs, becoming incredibly turtle-like.

Color palette used: “Pines on the Mountain

Filed under art paleoart paleontology colourpod marine reptile month 2014 placodus placodont sauropterygia Marine Reptiles triassic