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Pakicetus Inachus by tiffanyturrill Pakicetus Inachus by tiffanyturrill
THIS IS A PREHISTORIC WHALE, NOT A TASMANIAN TIGER.
I gave them a similar color pattern, is all.

Once upon a time, there were no herbivorous mammals- but there were hoofed mammals - ungulates. Pakicetus is a member of an extinct line of ungulates that were carnivorous - so although they look like dogs, they're actually more closely related to sheep and hippos.

And yes, they are actually one of the basal ancestors of whales. How do we know? In the inner ear of Pakicetus is a specific feature endemic to their family group, which no other group of animals share- except modern whales! CRAZY.

These guys lived in what is now Pakistan 55-40 million years ago, and during that time, the Indian subcontinent had yet to plow into Asia (creating the Himalayas), so until then, these guys had a nice beachfront where they could frolic and eat fishies in the warm shallow lagoons. :D

Notice they already had the long fish-catching snout and high-rotated eye sockets on top of their head, perfect for breathing while swimming!

This is a painting done for The Games We Play show in San Francisco, which will be up from March to April [link]

yay!
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deinoscaos Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
woooowww es hermoso!!!
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KikyotheAlienKat Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazingly done, the poses are so realistic, and I love the color palette you used. :D
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Dama-de-Noche Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
The first whales! <3
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NixKat Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love their faces, especially the yawning one.
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tiffanyturrill Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
it's tiring being a fat, cute, semiaquatic whale ancestor!
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NixKat Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For some reason they also remind me of fuzzy crocodiles.
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NKourk Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great job!!I love the whole landscape and ofcourse the details and the dynamic stand of the animals!
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JurassicPark40 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
This a brilliant restoration!!
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Bewildermunster Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing piece of art, great job! The colors are beautiful. :)
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SaucyLobster Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Nice. And while I realise the middle one is probably yawning, to me, it's laughing hysterically.
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