A huge Apatosaurus skeleton and also some sauropods skulls in the AMNH in New York.
Photos by me
Un gran esqueleto de Apatosaurio y algunos cráneos de saurópodos en Museo Americano de Historia Natural en Nueva York.
Changyuraptor yangi is a newly-described microraptorine dromaeosaur dinosaur from the early Cretaceous (Yixian formation) of Liaoning, China.
The animal would have been around 4 feet long in life, and its fossil shows that it was covered in feathers — including, as in its smaller cousin Microraptor, a pair of “leg wings” represented by long paired pennaceous feathers on the metatarsals and tibiotarsus. One of Changyuraptor's most unique features is its voluminous tail feathers, and these feathers constitute the longest of any known non-avian dinosaur, with the most distal retrices reaching around 30 cm in length.
Changyuraptor is also by far the largest “four-winged” dinosaur known, and while this might not be as big of a deal as it sounds (given that there aren’t very many “four-winged” dinosaurs), it does show that small size wasn’t necessarily the gatekeeper to certain volant adaptations. I personally doubt that this animal was doing anything approaching powered flight, but the long tail feathers and multiple sets of long, well-developed lifting surfaces may have been a boon to gliding and controlled descent. The exceptionally long tail feathers therefore might have been used as a sort of “pitch control” device, wherein a large, relatively heavy animal would have needed especially fine-tuned control over rapid falls onto prey or in safe landings from higher ground. As Buzz Lightyear would say, “This isn’t flying, it’s falling with style!”
Gouache paint on A3-size hot-pressed illustration board, approx. 5-6 hours.
Gang Han et al. 2014. “A new raptorial dinosaur with exceptionally long feathering provides insights into dromaeosaurid flight performance”. Nature Communications. 5: 4382.
Acá algunas fotos que tomé del famoso Allosaurus comiéndose los restos de un Apatosaurus en el Museo Americano de Historia Natural en Nueva York.
Con ello también estaba el famoso cuadro de Charles R. Knight.
A centrosaurine ceratopsian from the Wahweap Formation of Utah, this dinosaur was first described in 2010 by James Kirkland and Donald DeBlieux. It lived during the Late Cretaceous (Campanian Age) about 79 million years ago.
Considering that the modern Rocky Mountains were being formed at the time, it seems possible that an unfortunate Diabloceratops might have encountered volcanoes. Volcanic lightning is a real natural phenomenon, and if you haven’t seen photos I highly recommend an image search – it’s amazing.
After the last few calm, quiet scenes I’ve painted, I figured a different tone might be fun, though the results may be straying dangerously close to something one might encounter on the side of a van… in the 1980’s…
Please do not reproduce or use without permission.
Thanks to notaproperperson for telling me about this!
Concavenator corcovatus by Román García Mora
Griseus: Mr. Csotonyi can draw feathers, protofeathers and whatever is necessary, we are talking about one of the best paleoartists ever. Above there are three of my favorites, but here’s his gallery, take a look.
Deinocheirus by Sergio Pérez. Based on this photograph:
I honestly don’t know what this “donut day” tumblr thing is, but here’s my contribution to the cause: ”Dinosaur Donut” by Will Koffman
Also, I want to recommend this blog: …is not a dinosaur.
'Arctic Tyrant' by Nathan Rogers:
"My take on the new tyrannosaurid named Nanuqsaurus hoglundi, from north of the Arctic Circle in Alaska. Smaller than a Tyrannosaurus rex, it may have been covered in feathers.(…)”
NOTE: I regret having had to reduce the image so it could fit here, (it was 16MB), and I cropped (again, sorry for that) two details to give you an idea of how the original looks. Please go and se the full resolution picture at Nathan Roger’s gallery (you might have to click a couple of times to enlarge it)
Two scenes depicting the death of a Neovenator, by Sergey Krasovskiy
Sleeping Daspletosaurus, by ZombieSaurian:
"So, I’ve been tracking a certain genera of Tyrannosaur (Daspletosaurus) for a week now, and to my surprise, it’s pretty elusive for an animal of this size. So far, I’ve only seen the animal once in the distance. This time, I got her! I finally was lucky enough to actually capture this beautiful creature on camera without bait, and my God did it pay off! She’s sleeping peacefully, leaning on a tree and opening her eyelids slightly open, probably because of a little animal making screeches during the night. I know I heard them constantly and it was damn annoying. Her right arm is very white, so it’s probably brightly colored. I have no idea what the arm may be used for, and unfortunately I will not have the time to find out. But thank God she actually slept IN FRONT of the camera, on the last day! It was such a relief that this expedition wasn’t a failure, because it almost was. Though if there’s one thing I gotta say negatively about this photo, it’s…BUGS, fucking bugs!"