Daspletosaurus Portrait

Daspletosaurus Portrait

This is a quick portrait of a Daspletosaurus torosus that I did while listening to a series of Youtube interviews with paleontologist Thomas Carr (who specializes in tyrannosaurids). Daspletosaurus, which lived between 77 and 74 million years ago in North America, may have been the ancestor of Tyrannosaurus rex as well as the Asian Tarbosaurus bataar. The two species recognized within the Daspletosaurus genus are D. torosus and the later, more recently described D. horneri.
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Jurassic Nail Polish

Jurassic Nail Polish

I wanted to make some fan art for the Jurassic Park franchise, but with a naturalistic tone like you would see in more serious paleo art. So here’s Blue the raptor (from Jurassic World) giving her talons a little cleaning with her tongue. Even movie monsters must have their mundane moments, after all.

Warning Mode

Warning from Stegosaurus

The plates on this Stegosaurus ungulatus blaze bright right to reflect its aggravated, defensive mood. I personally like to imagine that Stegosaurus and its cousins could change the color of their plates much as chameleons change their hide color today (it’s an idea that evolved from the portrayal of Stegosaurus turning its plates red as a warning display in the old BBC documentary Walking with Dinosaurs).

Reaction to Footage from Jurassic World: Evolution

Jurassic World: Evolution was announced a few months back this year, but at first all we got to see was a trailer. Today, what appears to be footage recorded from the game itself has finally arrived, and it is every bit as magnificent as you would expect.

Essentially, Jurassic World: Evolution is a game where you run your own zoo of cloned dinosaurs, complete with the Jurassic World license. You could consider it a late 2010’s update of Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis, much as Jurassic World itself was Masrani Global’s working update of John Hammond’s vision. That by itself would be appetizing enough, but since the developers are the same people who gave us Planet Coaster, it’s even better to know the project is in qualified hands.

That said, I do hope the roster of cloneable dinosaur species in the final game is more extensive than what we see in this footage. Right now, all we can see here are the most iconic dinosaurs of the first two films in the JP series: Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Brachiosaurus, and Velociraptor. Strangely, the Mosasaurus that was one of Jurassic World’s unique new attractions doesn’t seem to have made the cut yet. While a larger selection of dinosaur species is what I expect once the game hits the market, I had hoped to see more than just the most familiar ones in this early footage. I guess we’ll have to wait for more footage as the game gets finished.

Kentrosaurus

Kentrosaurus

Kentrosaurus aethiopicus was a cousin of the Stegosaurus which lived in Africa during the late Jurassic period, around 155-150 million years ago. It stood out from its North American cousin by having narrower plates, a greater number of spikes on its tail, and then a pair of large spikes sticking out of its shoulder. It was also a lot smaller, weighing little more than a single ton (whereas Stegosaurus could grow between five and seven tons).

Cryolophosaurus

Cryolophosaurus

Cryolophosaurus ellioti was a large theropod dinosaur that stalked Antarctica during the Early Jurassic, around 194 to 188 million years ago. Back then, the continent would have been covered by temperate forests as a result of the warmer global climate. The distinctive pompadour-like crest on Cryolophosaurus’s head has inspired the nickname “Elvisaurus” for this dinosaur.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

Moon Girl and Devil DinosaurThis is my interpretation of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur from Marvel Comics. When their comic came out a couple of years back, I remember liking the idea of a female protagonist of color joining forces with a Tyrannosaurus rex, but wasn’t so crazy about taking Devil Dinosaur out of his native jungle and dropping him into modern times. So for my take on the duo, I decided to make Moon Girl a prehistoric/tribal twentysomething instead of the modern-day nerdy kid portrayed in the comics. Or, this could be her once she gets older and decides to move with Devil back to his original habitat.