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Oxalaia quilombensis by vasix Oxalaia quilombensis by vasix
I took over two hours to complete this pic, for today, I was slightly more obsessed with detail and color than with too much artistic license.

From the Cenomanian Stage of the Middle Cretaceous (98 million years ago) comes Oxalaia quilombensis. It was named this year, and it seems to be a good year for large theropods (Zuchengtyrannus is another large monster from 2011) in general, in relative terms though....
This is the largest carnivore from Brazil, 46 feet long and 7 tons, rivaling or even exceeding Giganotosaurus and Carcharodontosaurus in size. The pterosaur is an intermediate ornithocheirid, and the shark in the Oxalaia's mouth is a small, primitive lamnid, not the hybodont I'd planned to do.

This dinosaur is named after the African deity 'Oxala'.
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grisador Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
Great work as usual
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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well thank you 
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grisador Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015
You're welcome :)
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electreel Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
I love this scene! You have done a nice work with the sky.
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vasix Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot,I love storms!
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bluedragoneye Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you ever wonder if dinos use to yell food fight?
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vasix Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Might've! :)
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bluedragoneye Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sweet
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vasix Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, it's a yes or no answer, really!
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bluedragoneye Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aw ok
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vasix Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah!
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Prehistory96 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Oxalia q. may have exceeded many theropods to the size of Carcharodontosaurus but remember that Giganotosaurus is also fragmently found enough to be 48 ft (14.63 meters) making Giganotosaurus the largest theropod in South America and still possibly the 2nd largest theropod yet.
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vasix Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh no, Giganotosaurus itself was rather like this guy's equal.
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Prehistory96 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
You have a point. That might mean that Oxalaia may have 2nd to Giganotosaurus due to Giga's weight and maximum length, but I really never heard of this spinosaur before. But if it's from Brazil, then Oxalaia's real competition was Irrator. But still, great illustration.
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vasix Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not soooooo awesome, I've got better!!! But um, this is a 2011 discovery, and Irritator is merely HALF Oxalaia's length
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Prehistory96 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
Wait, it's a 2011 discovery? Oxala may just be either the longest predator in South America or or the Biggest predator in Brazil. Come to think of it, how did Spinosaurs end up in South America?
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vasix Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They are a worldwide radiation of dinosaurs, I think. Anyhow, besides Baryonyx and Siamosaurus (England and Thailand respectively) all other genera are from Gondwana. I'm guessing that they might even have originated there like the titanosaurids, say, very early and then spread over the world. Very early means, I'm thinking, somewhat before Laurasia and Gondwana broke up totally. Maybe that is how.
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Prehistory96 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
I never knew. Thanks for letting me know. That might me that an undiscovered giant Spinosaur living with Giganotosaurus as to Carcharodontosaurus. What does that make Oxalaia to Giganotosaurus in south america if its genus crossed paths? Your right about Oxalaia being about as large or as long as Giganotosaurus.
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vasix Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They might never HAVE crossed paths. Suchomimus and Eocarcharia, yes. Siamosaurus and Siamotyrannus, maybe so.
Baryonyx and Neovenator, yes.
Spinosaurus and Carcharodontosaurus, yes.

But we have no Brazilian Giganotosaurus, neither do we know of any exactly good remains of Argentine spinosaurs. The absence of those giant carnosaurs in Brazil-at least, not known from good remains-might've even made large ones among the main hunters there as well.
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BlueFluffyDinosaur Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very dood artwork! I love the head details
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vasix Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, that was what I really wanted to show prominently!
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