I like Microraptor gui because it was cute, I like Spinosaurus aegypticus because it was Badass and also quite special, and I like Kulindadromeus because it suggests feathers are a basal trait of all dinosaurs and that makes me VERY EXCITED (note: this doesn’t mean all dinosaurs had feathers, but it does mean there is a possibility they had a wide variety of integuments we have yet to discover!!)
And Carnotaurus sastrei gets an honorable mention because I think its angry eyebrow horns are cool and I love its chubby little nub arms.
Seeing everyone make their Pokemon variations I just wanted to make some of my own so bad! So I jumped on the Bandwagon with the mighty Tyrantrum!
Had the idea of making it into a few iconic theropods (even though a few of these aren’t too related lol). Before you ask, I didn’t make Spinosaurus because it strays farther away from Tyrantrum’s design than what I preferred. The only reason I didn’t make Allosaurus was because of time constraints).
rex is a fictitious dinosaur species created for
Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World.
According to promotional materials, it grows up to 50 feet long – bigger than a T. rex! Its unique body was achieved
by genetically combining several dinosaurs (Carnotaurus, Majungosaurus, Rugops, Giganotosaurus, and various abelisaurs) with several other
animals (cuttlefish, tree frogs, and others). This, combined with its white
coloring, proves that the script writers read Frankenstein and Moby Dick once in high school.
DILOPHOSAURUS “Two-crested lizard” Early Jurassic, 193 million years ago
Contrary to its portrayal in Jurassic Park, there is no evidence that Dilophosaurus spat venom or had a
frill. Its snout was also altered for the film, appearing more snub-nosed and Carnotaurus-like than the slender, notched
upper jaw of the true Dilophosaurus. But
the animal’s trademark dual crests are corroborated by fossil evidence – probably
used for recognition between individuals or as a mating display. Fully-formed crests
would have signaled that a specimen had reached sexual maturity, and was no
longer on its parents’ health insurance.
CARNOTAURUS “Flesh-eating bull” Late Cretaceous, 72-69.9 million years ago
This unique meat-eater was built for speed, and had two pointed brow horns above its small, forward-facing eyes. While many theropods are now thought to have had feathers, skin casts discovered in southern Argentina revealed that Carnotaurus had tough, reptilian skin. Its metaphorical skin, however, was quite thin, and its childhood was very lonely.
“It is morning in Mid-Cretaceous South America, and along the
misty banks of a vast river delta scores of Carnotaurus gather. A wall of
boisterous and flamboyant males lines the far shore, where they vie with each
other for opportune display space. Though solitary by nature, they have stood together
along the riverbank since the previous night. Their display patterns are
flushed red in anticipation of breeding, and as a mottled female approaches,
they begin to dance.
They rear up to stand as tall as possible, and lower their
heads to present an evocative view of their impressive horns. While singing a
song of deep rumbles and resonating cries, they inflate their chests and flap
their feathered arms in a rhythmic and intoxicating way.
The female closes in to inspect her suitors with greater
scrutiny just as bold young bull rushes out of the crowd to meet her. His powerful
strides send a spray of brackish water into the air, and he bobs his head invitingly.
Should she choose to accept his invitation, the dance will truly have begun.”
14” x 24” oil on hardboard, 2016
This scene was inspired in part by some of John Conway’s
theories about Carnotaurus mating behavior.
This painting is available as a print in myprint shop,