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Rodocetus by EldarZakirov Rodocetus by EldarZakirov
Rodocetus, one of ancectors of whales and dolphins.


Wikipedia: "Rodhocetus (from Rodho, the geological anticline at the type locality, and cetus, Latin for whale) is an extinct genus of protocetid early whale known from the Lutetian (48.6 to 40.4 million years ago) of Pakistan. The best-known protocetid, Rodhocetus is known from two partial skeletons that taken together give a complete image of an Eocene whale that had short limbs with long hands and feet
that were probably webbed and a sacrum that was immobile with four partially fused sacral vertebrae.
It is one of several extinct whale genera that possess land mammal characteristics, thus demonstrating the evolutionary transition from land to sea."

For Primorsky oceanarium, Vladovostok, Russia.
Thanks to fine paleontologist Andrey Atuchin for excellent consultations and help during this work!
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nekonotaishou Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2017  Professional Filmographer
Lovely colors and textures!

The limbs feel very skinny, though, and the back feet in particular feel like frog feet.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016  Professional
sweet job
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Somoist555 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Quite shrinkwrapped, but still amazing nonetheless.
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Kakarotho Featured By Owner Edited Oct 6, 2016
Great reconstruction. He is a bit ugly though, lol. No but seriously, isn't it weird (or nice) how we as human beings look at the animal kingdom, and recognize the beauty in other species. Like a cow's head can be cute looking, we look at an elephant's head and find it regal looking, etc. There are few animals that we naturally think are ugly. In fact, the way I see it, people usually tend to think of chimps and apes as being ugly, and the reason for that probably is because they look so much like us: they end up looking so human that we view them as "ugly" people's faces. Not that everybody thinks a chimp's ugly, but I think that among all the animals, people will often project some kind of anthropomorphism on them: and see facial features that in humans would be considered to be "unattractive". Other animals are often further removed from our Genus, so we tend to not look at other creatures' heads like that. That's my little theory on that. So for example: all of us love dolphins, we think they look adorable. Doesn't matter if the animal has lots of big teeth, that doesn't put us off. So, I believe that if we could observe these long gone animals from the distant past, we would probably think they're cute too. With some notable exceptions most likely. Just wanted to throw that out there :) again, love your work! Peace
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MarkeezyTheSwift Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg what did they do to that dolphin?
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Valia2305 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Nice, although it needs more lips and the feet must be musclier
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AvalarianSpirit Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016
Dude, you got a nice gallery of ancient animals there. I like it.
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ReallyEvilHoopa Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016  Professional General Artist
Awesome!!!
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