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Romanian Enantiornithines by Julio-Lacerda Romanian Enantiornithines by Julio-Lacerda
The illustration I did for the new paper by Gareth Dyke, Mátyás Vremir, Gary Kaiser and Darren Naish

The paper describes the discovery of a fossilized nesting colony of enantiornithines in Romania, at the same formation that yielded freswhater turtles (two dordokids are seen at the riverbank) and crocodiles, as well as the famous Hateg Island inhabitants: Telmatosaurus, Hatzegopteryx, Balaur, etc.

The environment represents a freshwater system composed of floodplains and large rivers, while the lush vegetation consists largely of conifers, palms, ferns and a few angiosperms, as well as aquatic plants.

You can read more about the paper at TetZoo
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JonaGold2000 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist
Wow is that a turtle i see?
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I must say I just stumbled upon your work and I'm absolutely entranced by it, it's awesome!

Oddly enough, considering how ubiquitous seagulls are in my home town of Constanta, on the Black Sea shore and how aggressive they are (they eat everything they can get their beaks on, including pigeons, and they fight cats and dogs for sport) one can argue that Enantiornithines never really went away, just put on a false beak and took another identity... :D
Another amusing thing is that my father is from Sebeş, which is exactly the place where most of these amazing fossils have been popping up.
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vasix Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cretaceous seagulls!!! LOoking real darling, these :)
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MattMart Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome job! I notice you gave them really long, slender legs -- the tibiotarsus figured in the paper looks a lot like the holotype of Lectavis, so I guess the identity of Enantiornis is solved? (as discussed here [link]).
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Aqua-Angel2 Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is an illustration? At first I thought it was a photograph!
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RomanYevseyev Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
As always, excellent=) And congratulations for the publication of your Art =)
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Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
BRILLIANT!
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Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Nemo! I'm very glad to see that you like it :D
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Evenape Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Congratulations for the published art :D

Wait, these enantiorniths doesn't have teeth?
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