Under the Sauropod

Under the Sauropod

Fish in a Jurassic river go about their routines around the feet of a wading sauropod dinosaur (I had in mind one of the brachiosaurs). Although the old belief that sauropods would have been primarily aquatic has been discredited for the most part, I’m sure they occasionally waded or swam across water, either to get from place to place or to cool off under the intense Mesozoic heat.



Baryonyx walkeri, a smaller European cousin of the Spinosaurus, lunches on an Early Cretaceous lizard. I was originally going to make the prey animal a primitive mosasaur, but I think the mosasaurs evolved sometime after the Baryonyx became extinct. But since the mosasaurs were essentially marine lizards, maybe the one being eaten here is among their ancestors?

Croc Face for T. rex

Croc Face for T. rex

Sketch of a Tyrannosaurus rex portrait, in response to recent findings that tyrannosaurids would have possessed sensitive, scaly crocodile-like faces. Normally I don’t draw all the individual scales on my dinosaurs of course, but I did want to give this rex a clearly crocodilian resemblance with the bumpy “lips”.



In Late Cretaceous South America, around 70 million years ago, an Austroraptor cabazai scavenges on a deceased sauropod.

Austroraptor was a dromaeosaurid dinosaur (or raptor) characterized by a relatively narrow snout and short forelimbs. Most paleoartists depict it eating fish, and it very well may have done so most of the time. But who’s to say it didn’t treat itself to something different every now and then?



A portrait of Giganotosaurus carolinii on the savannas of Cretaceous South America. This is the dinosaur that was touted as being “bigger than T. rex” when it was discovered, though some more recent research has called this claim into question (that is, it may have been only slightly if at all larger than the Tyrant King). Regardless, it remains a rather magnificent theropod dinosaur any way you look at it.

Brewing Storm

A rainstorm is brewing over these jungle-swathed hills in the Late Cretaceous. I’ve been looking at paintings from the so-called “Romantic” period of the 19th century, which often feature storms brewing over lush landscapes, and I wanted to try out that subject matter myself. The prehistoric creatures portrayed here are the pterosaur Quetzalcoatlus northropi and the sauropod dinosaur Alamosaurus sanjuanensis, both from the Late Cretaceous of North America.