Dinocephalian #DrawDinovember 30(!)
A trio of tall-skulled Criocephalosaurus are flummoxed by the sudden appearance of a small Diictodon popping out of its burrow and into their path.
@SerpenIllus Thank you Gabriel! It is a very interesting critter to draw - even trying 3 different angles I'm not sure I got it entirely right, but it was fun to play around with the expressive potential of such a weird head!
@clepsydrops The front one is an early incarnation of Patrick Stewart 🤓
@clepsydrops Perhaps they evolved into the Coneheads! 😁
Huge thanks to everyone who reached out as I've posted these pieces! It's been terrific to hear your thoughts and reactions as I've worked on this series. And for anyone interested in prints or other items, I've uploaded some of my favorites to Redbubble:
As far as is known, Criocephalosaurus outlasted all the other dinocephalians. A pair of their distinctively domed crania are the youngest dinocephalian fossils yet described. They seemed a fitting subject for the last painting in this series!
In the Late Permian, other therapsid lineages expanded into the niches that dinocephalians had pioneered. Dicynodont relatives of the little Diictodon in this painting would become the largest terrestrial herbivores through the end of the Permian and into the Triassic.