“Moving on up to the Triassic, and (Doug) Henderson provides us with one of the more memorable restorations of Postosuchus to feature in a popular book. Here, the sinister archosaurian macropredator adopts a nonchalant air as it tosses a young Desmatosuchus to the skies, perhaps with the aim of breaking off a few of those unpalatable spines. Yet another example of Henderson’s superb and original compositions - a brilliant imagination to match his artistic flair. Gush gush gush. I hear his feet really smell*, though, which is important to take into consideration. Just remember that.”
“This piece is a spectacular summary of the age (Carboniferous) as one dominated by enormous, bizarre-looking plants, with Sigillaria looming imposingly from behind a tangled veil of tree ferns. The dramatically leaping animal in the foreground is Hylonomus, the earliest known definitive reptile. While I realise I gush about Henderson non-stop, this truly is one of his masterpieces; I only wish I had an enormous print of it to hang on my wall.”
“Doug Henderson’s work is frequently distinguished by its expert use of elaborate foliage, so it’s interesting to see a piece like this, in which two drowned centrosaurs appear (at first glance) to be suspended in an ethereal void. There is a wonderful dreamlike quality here - we are strangers in this alien world, which belongs to the plesiosaur, itself heedless to the dramatic sight of the giant animals’ bodies drifting idly by above. Equally, there is a beautiful melancholy, as in so much of Henderson’s art” Marc Vincent on Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs
Leptoceratops and Stegosaurus by Doug Henderson.
“In a lot of palaeoart, the animals will practically be jumping down our throats, as if they’re putting on a show for us (it’s almost possible to smell the popcorn). Instead, Henderson offers us furtive glimpses through the thick underbrush of a world that is as lush and filled with life as it is hostile and unwelcoming. Dinosaurs, so often depicted as the lords of the Earth, are typically hopelessly dwarfed by their surroundings. There’s something so very real about it all.” Keep reading Marc Vincent’s post on Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs.
Eryops and Xenacanthus by Doug Henderson:
“The scene depicts the large amphibian Eryops lunging from a muddy lake bottom to capture a freshwater shark, Xenacanthus, during the Permian in Texas, some 275 million years ago. A smaller amphibian, a Trimerorhachis, swims in the foreground. ”
Rutiodon and Hesperosuchus by Douglas Henderson
“Phytosaurs were long-snouted and heavily armoured, bearing a remarkable resemblance to modern crocodiles in size, appearance, and lifestyle, as an example of convergence or parallel evolution.” Wikipedia.
“Trapped in a transient pool are fragments of shore plants and various conifer limbs, leaves and a cone, together with the small fish Dipteronotus, a small crayfish, a horseshoe crab and numerous small jellyfish.”