Sunday, February 27, 2011


Continuing the redoing of old 2008 stuff...

This was originally labeled 'Anatosaurus', but that genus is now thought to probably be Edmontosaurus.

This is a hadrosaur from the very late Late Cretaceous of North America. It was one of the last dinosaurs (barring birds), probably a common food item for the more famous Tyrannosaurus.

belated eggs post

The sauropod eggs + hatchling from two posts ago, given a more realistic color.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Pink dinosaurs to fight cancer, 2

Second picture for the ART Evolved cancer fundraiser.

Again, obviously not natural color...

Friday, September 24, 2010

Pink dinosaurs to fight cancer

ART Evolved Blog (a very cool paleo-art blog) is holding a pink dinosaur challenge for cancer. Every picture of a pink dinosaur submitted, $1 goes to the Canadian Cancer Society; their goal is to raise $500.

Here's the picture I sent in.

Disclaimer: I don't really think sauropod infants were Pepto-Bismol-colored...

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Just how big was that animal? Part 2: Hainosaurus

Again with the organisms whose sizes were formerly overestimated -- early estimates put Hainosaurus as high as 17 meters long. It's now been downscaled to 12.2 meters.

However, as the picture shows (12-meter Hainosaurus compared to 1.75-meter human) that's still very big.

Reference: Lindgren, Johan. The first record of Hainosaurus (Reptilia: Mosasauridae) from Sweden. Journal of Paleontology 2005 79: 1157-1165

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Just how big was that animal? Part 1: Deinosuchus

Generally, the first thing everyone wants to know about a new dinosaur (or giant pterosaur, crocodilian, whatever) is how big it is. Sometimes the initial estimates are too big, occasionally unrealistically so - I'm looking at you, 18-meter-wingspan Quetzalcoatlus!

Then the estimates have to be downsized. Often, when I'm reading about an animal, I'm thinking "Darn! It wasn't that big after all." It's kind of disillusioning. And I'm sure others feel that way too.

But! They're still FRICKIN' HUGE. And this series of blog posts will show that.

Today: Deinosuchus. Formerly estimated at around 15 meters, from a skull reconstructed to be 1.8 m long; now estimated at around 10 meters from a skull more confidently 1.31 m long. (This is not the species' maximum size, but larger specimens are very fragmentary, so size can't be well determined.)

This is an American alligator Alligator mississippiensis (source: USFWS), scaled to the size of a Deinosuchus with 1.31 meter skull length. Human silhouette is 1.75 meters.

...pretty impressive. And they got bigger, too.

(For that matter, what are the chances that the largest individuals were among the relatively few that got fossilized, then discovered?)


OK, I started this blog in youthful enthusiasm (and horrifically bad art skills) two years ago, then ... forgot about it.

I'm restarting it now, though.

And finding some errors in my Deinosuchus post, I'm re-doing that, to kick off the NEW Archosaur Pictures.