“Carbon” by Sergey Krasovskiy
“With a subject he could neither see nor photograph, Gurney constructed a small maquette scene from oven-hardened clay, rocks, and sticks in a Chinese food takeout container. Challenged by the the snake’s extraordinary length, he decided to show the titanoboa rising half out of the water in a death match with a crocodilian, a giant forebear of the modern crocodile. “The main purpose of my piece is to try to imagine what would otherwise just be a fairly ordinary fossil—to go from that to imagining a very dramatic moment in the life of this creature and to take us in a time machine to see what it really might have looked like,” says Gurney”. Full article.
“Tracking”, by Cheung Chung Tat (~cheungchungtat)
“Illustration for chinese book《Dinosaur Footprints》”.
The picture of Dr. Kenneth E. Campbell, proudly posing next to his reconstructed bird, is too good to be left out of the post.
If you don’t know who Wm. Stout is, you should!. Here’s a taste:
“For three months during the 1992-1993 austral summer, Stout was based at McMurdo Station and Palmer Station. He made several dives beneath the ice, climbed the active volcano Mt. Erebus, camped in the dry valleys, and produced over one hundred painted studies as he carefully observed Antarctica’s wildlife”. Stout’s Wikipedia page.
“What a bizarre animal! Now that you have it, I will explain the oddity a bit. Armatus is still mostly unprepared, even 134 years after its discovery. The skeleton is Bob Bakker’s drawing of Stegosaurus cf. ungulatus, (USNM 6646) that I modified for Armatus, (which is only known from the tail). The tall height of the neural spines is the only reason why I linked Ungulatus with Armatus.
I prepared this diagram before we finished cleaning one of the sets of neural spines, which appeared broken when unprepared. When the bones were cleaned, they demonstrated that the neural spines were a bit twisted, and that the true height was revealed. Therefore, the top of the neural spines, as photographed, is the actual height of the tail. In the end, the tail on Armatus is tall, taller than other North American species, just not as exaggerated as my drawing”. Matt.
“Island Hateg”, by Sergey Krasovskiy (~atrox1)
“The authors estimated the size of Hatzegopteryx by comparing the humerus fragment, 236 mm (9.3 in) long, with that of Quetzalcoatlus, of which specimen TMM 41450-3 has a 544 mm (1 ft 9.4 in) long humerus. Observing that the Hatzegopteryx fragment presented less than half of the original bone, they established that it could possibly have been “slightly longer” than that of Quetzalcoatlus. They noted that the wing span of the latter had in 1981 been estimated at eleven to twelve metres, while earlier estimates had strongly exceeded this at fifteen to twenty metres. From this they concluded that an estimate of a twelve meter wing span for Hatzegopteryx was conservative “if its humerus was indeed somewhat longer than that of Q. northropi”. In 2003 they moderated the estimates to a close to twelve metres wing span and an over 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in) skull length. In 2010 Mark Witton e.a. stated that any appearance that the Hatzegopteryx humerus was bigger than TMM 41450-3 had been caused by a distortion of the bone after deposition and that the species thus likely had no larger wingspan than Quetzalcoatlus, today generally estimated at ten to eleven metres.” Wikipedia.
“Gotcha”, by Christian A. Masnaghetti (~ChrisMasna)
“A couple of Velociraptor mongoliensis chasing some cretacic birds (quite similar to Confuciusornis) for breakfast.
I was inspired by my white fluffy cat hunting sparrows. And I like non-blue skies.
I painted this over a Render I’ve made days ago, just like this but different pose [link] , and I use this technics [link] .
Hope you like it!
Birds: [link] and [link]”
“Feature and spot images illustrating a new anatomical approach to dinosaurs’ joints, which proposes that at least some dinosaurs were actually about a foot taller than the previously accepted estimates”.
Full article here.
“Pteranodon sternbergi, a 6-8m wingspanned pterosaur from Late Creataceous North America soars over a choppy sea - generating lift from wind over the waves, just like an albatross”.