equipment operator at an oil mine in Alberta, Canada, found some
unusual buried treasure in 2011 — a roughly 110 million-year-old,
dragon-like dinosaur with its armored, spiky skin still intact.
scientists understand the true weight of that discovery — the specimen,
called a nodosaur, makes way in the encyclopedia for an all-new genus
It’s a type of ankylosaur that lived during the Cretaceous
period, and this specimen is about 18 feet long and about 3,000 pounds,
according to National Geographic. Plus, it’s extremely rare for scientists to have more than the bones of a specimen to work with.
“We don’t just have a skeleton,” Caleb Brown, a postdoctoral researcher at Royal Tyrrell Museum, told National Geographic. “We have a dinosaur as it would have been.” Read more (5/16/17)
So here’s a few drawings of mine from a series of modern reconstructions of extinct animals reacting to outdated versions of themselves. These were rather fun to do, especially the Quetzalcoatlus (azhdarchids just have the perfect mouth shape for frowny-faces).