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Anthracosaurus russeli by jconway Anthracosaurus russeli by jconway
So, I bought a book: The Rise of Amphibians by Robert Carroll; which is excellent in many ways, the most important being tons and tons of skeletal reconstructions. On page 88 I found a drawing of what has to be one of the most awesome (in the thirteen year old boy sense) skulls on, like, any animal, like, ever... dude. Ahem... anyway, here it is, the Demon Newt of Doom*, the tyrannosaur of slimy carboniferous swamp dwellers, the terror of undersized vertebrate and oversized invertebrate alike, the one, and possibly of many: Anthracosaurus russeli in all it's pterygoidal toothy glory!

*Yes I know it's not a newt you nerds.
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mixtix-freeman Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  New member Hobbyist
👍👍👍
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Diloporaptor Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i thought the one in the background and the foreground where the same one.
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madmadman01 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014   General Artist
friggin scary, great job!
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dragonpassion13 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
super good draw men

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MineCraftBoy551 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
woah
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Ladymedusa218 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Shocked this species hasnt been in a B rate horror movie yet! Demon newt of doom is a perfect name for it!!
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543Bs0Za Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
reminds me of an ex gf
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Hennesey Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
That's why I hate swimming
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0wnenstein Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
reminds me of HYPNO TOAD
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DSil Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Student General Artist
Haha, he's a weird one alright! You really nailed the lighting on his head there. Cool piece!
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
Wow. Just wow.
I love the colors here. The pink jaws of the horrible, horrible monster rising out of the green swamp water.
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svenmarie Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
<3!
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M0AI Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
That's quite a mouth of teeth!
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
Wow! Every penny you paid for that book is now justified! Anthracosaurus looks like it's going to choke on its own teeth :)
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
I IS IN UR COAL AGE, BEIN LOVECRAFTIAN...
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MattMart Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, that duckweed is sweet! As is the amphibian :)
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jconway Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
Thanks, I spent as much time on it as the anthracosaur. Although, it can't actually be duckweed. Some sort of algae is what I'm saying it is, but I got bored looking for a reference.
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Kevin-Studios Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow, this is amazing. Is it ok if its also my favorite prehistoric amphibian?
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent work, as usual :)
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Brad-ysaurus Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
Great colours!
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Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My God, this is creepy! Never seen an illustration of an amphibian so cool
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alexandernevsky Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Look at the teeth on that thing!
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