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Madagascar river scene (Late Cretaceous, Campanian)

So it seems I just can't keep away from river/water scenes lately! This latest reconstruction depicts an early morning scene in Madagascar in the late cretaceous (Campanian: around 83.6 - 72.1 ma). In this scene we see (from left) a pair of Masiakasaurus  knopfleri indulging in a morning's fishing, three Phosphotadraco mauritanicus flying overhead and several Rahonavis ostromi enjoying a bath and breakfast courtesy of the Mahajanasuchus insignis just waking up on the beach. This tranquil scene is only slightly interrupted by the arrival of a family of Majungasaurus crenatissimus, as they arrive to take advantage of the cool morning air to take a drink themselves.

I wanted this to be a naturally beautiful and tranquil image after the restless drama of my last depiction of a river scene. Palaeoart (particularly any art involving carnivorous subjects) tends to show violent hunting or fighting behaviours; and for good reason - audiences want to be wowed by drama. However, when you…

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