Thanos Versus Indoraptor

Thanos versus Indoraptor

The hybrid dinosaur Indoraptor from the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom takes a bite out of the Marvel supervillain Thanos. This crossover confrontation came to mind after I saw the recent Avengers: Infinity War. It was an OK movie for the most part, but suffice to say that I found the cliffhanger ending disappointingly abrupt. I can only hope Fallen Kingdom doesn’t end on such a dour note.

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Parasaurolophus Sings

Parasaurolophus Sings

Parasaurolophus walkeri, among the most famous of the hadrosaurid dinosaurs, sings a resonant song deep in the jungles of Late Cretaceous North America, circa 75 million years ago. One model of Parasaurolophus’s vocalization, designed in 2012, suggests it would have sounded rather metallic and blaring, almost like a trumpet. Imagine that echoing through the woods back in the Cretaceous!

Tyrannosaurus Versus Triceratops

Tyrannosaurus versus Triceratops

Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops prorsus face off against each other deep in the jungles of Cretaceous North America, around 68 million years ago. These two have always been my favorite dinosaurs, not least because each dinosaur really would have made a formidable adversary for the other. It’s a perfect clash of the titans, if you ask me.

Bernice Smith the Tuskegee Airwoman

Bernice Smith the Tuskegee Airwoman

The drawing you see here came illustrates a little story idea I developed about an African-American aviatrix named Bernice Smith, who would serve as one of the Tuskegee Airmen in WWII. Inspired by real-life early female pilots like Bessie Coleman and Amelia Earhart, Bernice was going to crash-land into this lost continent of dinosaurs and other prehistoric wildlife somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle. And much like Earhart, she would have to survive as a castaway in this hostile environment while awaiting her rescue.

It might end up a bit of a silly throwaway idea (I’m not even sure there were female pilots among the Tuskegee Airmen), but I still wanted to get it out somehow.

Allosaurus Attacks Stegosaurus

Allosaurus Attacks Stegosaurus

Out on the Late Jurassic savannas, an Allosaurus fragilis attacks a Stegosaurus ungulatus. If the allosaur is going to bring the seven-ton plant-eater down, it must confront its prey’s formidable tail spikes (collectively referred to as a thagomizer, after the late Thag Simmons).

In fact, we have fossil evidence from a wound marked on an allosaur’s pubic bone that such confrontations between the Allosaurus and Stegosaurus actually would have taken place. Apparently, a stegosaur’s tail spike had struck the allosaur in the crotch, leaving behind an injury that became infected and killed the predator.

Bathing Brontosaurus

Bathing Brontosaurus

It’s hot and humid as usual in the Late Jurassic, so this Brontosaurus excelsus is cooling off by taking a dip in the river and spraying some water from its mouth onto its back (much like an elephant might spray water from its trunk). Sauropod dinosaurs like the Brontosaurus would have walked on land most of the time, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t have enjoyed wading through water every now and then.

Hiding from the Battle

Hiding from the Battle

A “cavegirl” sort of character watches a Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops battle while hiding behind a tree. It must be a frightful thing to witness close up, but whoever wins, she’ll have plenty to scavenge from the loser’s carcass.

And yes, I got the idea from a scene in the old caveman movie One Million Years BC, wherein Raquel Welch and John Richardson’s characters hide from a battle between a Triceratops and a Ceratosaurus.

Rexy from Jurassic Park

Rexy from Jurassic ParkThis is my interpretation of the female Tyrannosaurus rex named “Rexy” (or alternatively “Roberta”), who starred in the first and fourth Jurassic Park films. As a lifelong Jurassic Park/World fan, I’ve lately been feeling a bit worn down by all the negativity I’ve seen aimed towards the franchise, particularly in the paleontology fandom. Everyone is entitled to their opinion on the movies, but personally, I liked JW a great deal and hope the Fallen Kingdom sequel will be fun as well.

That said, I couldn’t resist “redesigning” a few aspects of Rexy’s anatomy to better fit modern scientific knowledge about tyrannosaurids. I don’t expect the JP/JW dinosaurs to ever be accurate without a total reboot of the series, but it’s still nice to imagine how they would look if they did get a design update.