I like dinosaurs. I like drawing and painting. I'm not too great but am working on getting better. I also reblog stuff from my friends and other stuff that I find funny. I love answering asks, the more personal the better.
relatable teen things:
- transcending the infinite void
- becoming a god
- amassing unfathomable amounts of dark energy
- ascending from this foolish mortal coil
- overthrowing satan
- seeing the infinite
- gaining complete omnipotence
In this alternate Cenozoic, the archosaurs never ceased dominating the planet. The two main groups, Pterosauria and Dinosauria, just reversed roles. The birds (dinosaurs) now rule the skies where pterosaurs once soared. On land stalk myriad terrific and terrifying terrestrial pterosaurs in the ruins of the dinosaurian empire, while tiny birds titter about underfoot, awed and scared.
In the sea, these two groups meet. Terrestrial waterways, to a large extent, remain under the dominion of a third archosaurian group, the Crocodilians, But, in the ocean, derived azhdarchids and birds alike whirl around, consuming oceanic fish and plants, and sometimes, eachother.
Here, in the pleistocene, two similar-looking creatures from different backgrounds meet. On the left, one of the giant aquatic birds that roam around, eating squid and other crustaceans. The largest of this order can reach over 6 meters in length.
On the right, a member of the highly-diverse Aquapteroid order. These range in size from the one seen here, at maybe half a meter in length, to massive creatures that dwarf the even largest of the oceanic birds, with the biggest, Pterocetus, weighing over 150 tonnes, the largest creature in the history of the planet.
The New Spinosaurus
by Brian Switek
Spinosaurus has changed dramatically since I was a kid. The model I used to terrorize my other toys with looked like an overgrown Allosaurus with a giant sail on its back.
As paleontologists rearranged the dinosaur family tree and found new species, however, they realized that Spinosaurus was a very different sort of animal, allied with croc-snouted, heavy-clawed dinosaurs like Baryonyx. When Spinosaurus finally tore up the celluloid in 2001′s Jurassic Park III, it was as a monstrous carnivore with giant claws, an elongated snout filled with conical teeth, and a flashy fin atop its back. And the evolution of Spinosaurus imagery has not stopped.
A paper out in Sciencexpress today proposes that Spinosaurus was far stranger than paleontologists expected.
The core of the new study, led by University of Chicago paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim, is a partial skeleton of Spinosaurus found in the 97 million year old rock of Morocco. The importance of the new specimen is in revealing parts of Spinosaurus never seen before. The skeleton includes parts of the skull and some vertebrae, but the real keys to the new Spinosaurus are the hips and hindlimbs…
(read more: Laelaps - National Geographic)
illustration by Davide Bonadonna; skeletal by Tyler Keillor, Lauren Conroy, and Erin Fitzgerald
YES AQUATIC SPINOSAURUS
POOR TERRESTRIAL LOCOMOTION
SAIL, NOT HUMP
OH MY GOD
THIS IS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE