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Basilosaurus by LlamaTHEDragon Basilosaurus by LlamaTHEDragon
Yay it's not a dinosaur!

So I have become increasingly upset with the basilosaurus reconstructions that are out there. I'm so tired of artists portraying it more as some sort of pliosaur rather than a cetacean. So after doing some research and comparing basilosaurs to some orca skeletons, this is what I came up with.

I wanted to make it look more like a whale (which it is, damnit) rather than an aquatic reptile serpent thingy. After I drew this guy I thought he looked a bit like an evil minke whale, so I gave him a similar color scheme.

I was partially influenced by *Lieserl's reconstructions as well.


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Paleodude Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017
While I like a majority of the anatomy, it was proven a while back that Basilosaurus lacked the "melon" organ that gave later whales their rounded head shape. In reality it most likely had a head shaped more like a rounded cone than the boxy head of modern cetaceans.
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RavenZero-One Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Student General Artist
Now this is a real (prehistoric) killer whale, not those serpent monsters people usually associate with! great job~
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JojoDaggerback Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hurray!! I am a dummy!  Finaly I see someone putting flesh on the bones! CURSE YOU! And making a cetacean looking Basilosaurus Headbang! 
I've seen thousands of artists, even from palaeontology books Oh Noes!  , making the mistake of drawing the bones of animals covered in skin instead of drawing the animals.
It may seem a silly mistake but it is very common among artists, good to see you didn't felt in this trap.Great job La la la la La la la la La la la la 
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LlamaTHEDragon Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Student General Artist
Ahh thank you so much!!
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d3in0nychu5 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YES!!! My thoughts exactly! Well done! This is going in my favorites right now!
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I share your sentiments, everybody uses it's primitive status as an excuse to inanely reconstruct it.
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
AWESOME! :D
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ShadowRebirth37 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hate that too. They're the real killer whale. D:<

This is awesome. <3
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doglate Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow! Very interesting! You did a great job on this! :clap:
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