This raptor looks like one clever girl. Or would that be a clever boy?
Regardless, I had the Early Cretaceous dromaeosaurid Utahraptor in mind when doodling this in my sketchbook, although the lower jaw should probably bend more downward than what I ended up with.
A woman of the Tenerian culture, carrying a barbed harpoon, stands along the banks of the Gobero lake in the grasslands that will someday dry out into the desert of northern Niger. The Tenerian people, who occupied the Gobero region between 5200 and 2200 BC, would have subsisted as Neolithic herders of cattle as well as hunters and fishers, and they are known to have produced pottery as well as jewelry carved from hippopotamus tusks. They were actually the second culture to settle alongside the now-desiccated lake during the early Holocene, with the first being a culture of hunter-gatherers known as the Kiffians (from 7700 to 6200 BC).
Our heroine is fending off an attacking raptor with her big khopesh-like blade!
Are the raptors behind our heroine her pets, or is it more like a relationship based on mutual respect? Regardless, having a pack of raptors for backup must come in handy when you’re on the hunt.
66 million years ago in South America, at the very end of the Cretaceous Period, a pair of titanosaurian sauropods look up from the jungle canopy to witness the biggest shooting star they have ever witnessed. Little can they fathom that the verdant paradise they call home is about to be lost in the upcoming catastrophe.
The dinosaurs here are based on the Dreadnoughtus schrani, a South American titanosaur from the Late Cretaceous that may have been the heaviest dinosaur yet discovered. Its maximum weight would have been around 42 tons.
Moros intrepidus was a meat-eating dinosaur that hunted in North America a little over 96 million years ago, near the beginning of the Late Cretaceous Period. Although nimbly built and weighing 172 lbs (similar to a modern-day leopard), Moros would have belonged to the group of theropod dinosaurs known as Tyrannosauroidea, and it could very well have been ancestral to the famous Tyrannosaurus rex and other larger tyrannosaurids. Since it may represent the arrival of tyrannosaur ancestors into North America from eastern Asia, it was named after an embodiment of impending doom in Greek mythology.
Tyrannosaurus rex looks at you head on with an open maw. Those are indeed big teeth in there, ranging as long as one foot in length! Combine that with the most powerful jaws of any land carnivore, and you have a recipe for dealing death to almost any creature with a single bite!
This man represents the Pelasgians, another ancient culture featured in my alternate-history novel. They are supposed to be the autochthonous inhabitants of the region now called Greece prior to the arrival of the Greeks proper from Asia Minor. For the purposes of my novel, I have chosen to portray them as a race of brown-skinned, blue-eyed hunter-gatherers whose culture has left behind cave paintings and Stonehenge-style megalithic ritual sites. Oh, and these Pelasgians also have a special fondness for making jewelry and artifacts out of silver, which they bury with the bodies of their deceased leaders.
She stands on a tree bough emergent from the jungle canopy, surveying the land surrounding her native city. If she sees something that might threaten her people, she is more than prepared to fight it to the death.