Pipe Creek Teleoceras
Geologic period: Miocene
Teleoceras, short-faced bear, canids, peccary, turtles and frogs
About this image:
The Indiana Teleoceras mural gave Karen two new opportunities: First, she was able to visit the actual site depicted in the mural. When researching dinosaurs, almost nothing of the original environment remains other than as strata; the depression that created this small pond was still visible when Karen visited. Karen has since worked on several projects allowing her to see and explore the environments she depicts. Second, Karen created this mural digitally, her first digital work created for a client. Learn more about how Karen paints digitally.
North America once was home to rhinoceros, including Teleoceras, a fairly common animal of the Mid- to Late Miocene Period, 5 million years ago or more. Karen's mural depicts Teleoceras in a particular environment, a small pond in the Pipe Creek Formation of what is now northern Indiana. Teleoceras is shown among short-faced bear, canids, peccary, turtles and frogs. Fossil evidence of these animals have all been found in the Pipe Creek deposits, which Karen visited and explored with paleontologist Dr. James Farlow of Indiana-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Indiana.