New profile pic by @brandenb_artistry! I had this commissioned to be my new profile picture. Check out Branden’s page, he makes cool illustrations!
I figured it was time to get rid of Yes Man (from Fallout: New Vegas. Best game ever.) So now it’s an Albertosaurus- a bit more fitting.
I also changed my username to Antediluvian Animals. I may change my mind about that. For those that don’t know Antediluvian refers to either something really old or the time before the biblical flood. Which to me I associate the end of the last ice age; there is some debate about when/ what event that account refers to. Nevertheless, it is a topic of huge interest to me. .
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Had a fun visit with paleo artist Julius Csotonyi while he autographed one of his beautiful Art books. This is the prize for the VanPS logo contest! #dinosaur#paleoart#juliuscsotonyi
What a difference a year and a half makes! Above is my first attempt from mid-2017, while below is my very recently finished reconstruction of the gargantuan enigma that is Spinosaurus aegyptiacus. I don’t do dinosaurs too often, so I tried to go all out with this one. As is probably common knowledge, Spinosaurus lived in what is now North Africa during the Cretaceous period, when the landscape was floodplains, deltas & coastal flats. It likely used its crocodile-like snout (armed with conical teeth & a complex sensory system indicated by those dots) to hunt for fish & other prey it could find. I was considering giving the head a more stark coloration, but I figured if Spinosaurus hunted with its jaws underwater, this look could both help it avoid detection by fish, and serve as a display of sorts on land. I based this coloration/patterning on extant crocodilians, specifically the gharial. I think display is perhaps the most likely function for Spinosaurus' huge sail, so I gave it some stripy markings inspired by the blue tree monitor. #spinosaurus#paleo#paleoart#paleontology#sciart#scientificillustration#dino#dinos#dinoart#dinosaur#dinosaurs#dinosaurart#art#artist#artistsoninstagram#digitalart#prehistorybyliam#fossils#science#naturalhistory#animalart#jurassicpark
Paleontologist can reconstruct the environments of prehistoric animals through geology. About 67 million years ago during the latest Cretaceous period, the American west was a floodplain similar to the environment of the American southeast today. The landscape was covered in open woodlands with denser woodlands along the river valleys. Swamps were there as well. There were lots of plants like flowering plants, broad leaf trees, conifers, ferns, palm trees, etc.
The climate was relatively cool but warmer than today. Estimates show there would've been at least 3 feet of rain a YEAR!!😨 Most of the rain fell during the hot, wet season. Of coure, dinosaurs are living in paradise in the environment along with crocodiles, turtles, lizards, frogs, small mammals, etc. #dinosaurs#archosaurs#reptiles#cretaceous#mesozoicera#geology#paleontology#paleoart
(Update, SOLD) Contrast: Light and Dark. 🌓 I bet other ammonites would have been envious of this ones beautiful color back in their hay day. I know I would. What better way to show its brilliance than with gunmetal and a unique chain. Available!! $45, DM if interested. 🦑
Paravian theropods are all the rage right now, and not just because of the phylotarded, retrofitted ones that appear in a certain blockbuster movie. This week sees the publication of a lengthy paravian-themed paper by long-time collaborator Andrea Cau, former student Tom Brougham and myself on the enigmatic and wonderful Romanian paravian Balaur bondoc, originally described in 2010 by Zoltán Csiki-Sava and colleagues and discovered by my friend and colleague Mátyás Vremir in 2009 (Csiki et al. 2010). Balaur got a rightful amount of press coverage following its discovery, with much of the attention being focused on the fact that it was regarded as an especially close relative of the east Asian, desert-dwelling dromaeosauridVelociraptor (Csiki et al. 2010). As discussed below, Balaur is anatomically weird when interpreted as a dromaeosaurid, and the hypothesis favoured by Csiki et al. (2010) and then by Brusatte et al. (2013) in their monograph on the animal was that this weirdness is down to its isolated evolution on an island.
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