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THE RUSSELL HAWLEY PALEO-LIFE ART PAGE

Copyright 2002-2009 by Mike Everhart and Russell Hawley

 

Last revised 09/07/2009

 

 

LEFT: The most common mosasaurs from the Smoky Hill Chalk of Kansas: Copyright Russell Hawley; used with permission of Russell Hawley

Russell Hawley draws marine reptiles in pen and ink with an incredible amount of detail. When I saw his work first in June of 1999, I asked him if he could do a mosasaur for one of my T-shirt designs. The drawing that he sent me later that year turned out to be the most popular of the shirt designs that we have produced for Oceans of Kansas in the last four years.  Since then, he has done a Globidens mosasaur based on the only Globidens remains found in Kansas, a modern, more realistic version of Elasmosaurus platyurus, a Dolichorhynchops plesiosaur based on the specimen in the Sternberg Museum (FHSM VP-404), and lastly, a picture of a Mother Plioplatecarpus, based loosely on a specimen found in South Dakota by Gordon Bell, and a recent find of the first of this species in Kansas.  All the pictures on this webpage are Copyright 2000-2009 by Russell Hawley and Mike Everhart, and may not be used in any form without written permission. 'Click' on the thumbnail to see the larger version.

tylo-b0a.jpg (8047 bytes) Tylosaurus proriger in the middle of an underwater pursuit of prey. This picture is appears in my new book... Oceans of Kansas - A Natural History of the Western Interior Sea
platy-ra.jpg (14829 bytes) A mother Plioplatecarpus shows her three off-spring the finer points of eating ammonites.
tateplaa.jpg (7020 bytes) Two Platecarpus tympaniticus feeding inside a swarm of ammonites.
glob-sml.jpg (12804 bytes) Globidens, a shell crushing mosasaur known from skeletal material from Alabama to South Dakota, and from it's unique round teeth found elsewhere around the world. This picture is appears in my new book... Oceans of Kansas - A Natural History of the Western Interior Sea
globy-1a.jpg (14632 bytes) Russell's drawing of the actual specimen (FHSM VP-13828; right lower jaw) of the Kansas Globidens.
globy-2a.jpg (8610 bytes) Russell's view of a Globidens feeding on shellfish.
elas-a.jpg (7761 bytes) A view of Elasmosaurus platyurus feeding on a school of fish from below. It seems likely that the long neck was used to enable the plesiosaur to stealthily approach a school of fish from below without showing his large body. This picture is appears in my new book... Oceans of Kansas - A Natural History of the Western Interior Sea
dolicho5.jpg (10687 bytes) George Sternberg's "Long-Faced" plesiosaur, Dolichorhynchops osborni. George F. Sternberg found the first two specimens known of this species (KUVP-1300 and MCZ-1064). The second complete specimen (FHSM VP-404) was found by Marion Bonner. This picture is appears in my new book... Oceans of Kansas - A Natural History of the Western Interior Sea