Reconstruction of Caihong juji, a Jurassic paravian theropod. I worked on this for a presentation on avian evolution in my paleontology class. I used a few watercolour washes as the paper is thin and I want to work on it some more, but here is what I have for now. Caihong is the first known dinosaur with iridescent feathers, mainly on the head, neck, chest and tail. Some birds, like the Turkey vulture, have iridescence at the base of virtually all of their contour feathers. I wonder what the extent of Caihong’s iridescence was in life.
Concept art for Jurassic Park (1993) by Craig Mullins (images 1 and 3), and David J Negron (2 and 4).
Everybody was talking about Jurassic Park at the time. It was that kind of film (everything is much more fragmented these days). The T-Rex was like the T-1000, an obvious breakthrough, a new Eighth Wonder. Audiences hadn’t seen that before: a walking, breathing dinosaur. It was as if dinosaurs roamed the Earth again.