Ask a non-biologist about the differences between an herbivore and a
carnivore, and they’ll tell you that it’s written like destiny in an
animal’s bones. Carnivores have sharp fangs and claws; herbivores blunt
teeth and hooves or pads. There are some animals that dabble on both
sides of the line, of course, but the categories of “predator” and
“prey” are usually seen as inviolate.
But according to an August announcement by the paleontologist Ji Qiang
and his colleagues, at least one species of Chinese ankylosaur, Liaoningosaurus, might have bucked the trend. Discovered in 2001, Liaoningosaurus is
already odd as far as ankylosaurs go. The largest known specimens are
about a foot long, far smaller than the species’ more famous
club-and-spike-tailed kin. The first Liaoningosaurus fossil found
preserved a swatch of petrified tissue that Ji claims represents a
plastron, a bony structure on the stomach common in aquatic reptiles
The new specimen described has no plastron. Instead, it
has a belly full of fish fossils, in addition to what appears to be the
tail of some unfortunate reptile. Ji’s team also noted other odd
anatomical markers: a loosely fused pelvis, relatively sharp claws, odd
teeth, and a head similar to that of a turtle…
The excellently-named Animantarx – meaning “living fortress” – a nodosaurid ankylosaur from the mid-Cretaceous of Utah, about 100 million years ago. It was fairly small compared to other ankylosaurs, estimated to have been about 3m long (~10ft).
Fossils in the area are naturally slightly radioactive, and the only known specimen of Animantarx was actually discovered entirely remotely using a scintillation counter. It was the first dinosaur to be detected via technology rather than human observation.
There's a beautiful Canadian dinosaur (nodosaur, a kind of ankylosaur) that was just found that still has skin and a face. It's a lot older than the cool dead things you usually post but I think you might like it??
The original tank from Cretaceous North America! The last seven vertebrae in its tail supported its enormous club and some of its tendons were ossfied (bony) which could create a ridiculous amount of force upon impact. BREAKIN’ BONES, TAKIN’ NAMES.
The inspiration for my calligraphy here is still: Hartwig-Schrift
Happy Easter everyone! And also happy Achillobator day! Achillobator is (in my opinion) one of the more underrated raptors, a giant dromaeosaurid from Mongolia that could have looked a person in the eye. And then eaten them.
I’ve drawn an Achillobator in the middle of a tense battle with a Talarurus, a large ankylosaur. The Achillobator is making excellent use of RPR (Raptor Prey Restraint) by digging its claws in and flapping its wings madly to keep its balance. Not that it’ll do much good in this case, as the pair of them are about to topple off a small rocky ledge.
This piece has two titles. The first, Tipping Point, is all fancy and artistic and stuff. The other title is Giant Sharp Bird vs. Tankbird, which is … less so.
Meet Zuul, Destroyer of Shins—a Dinosaur Named After
In 2014, a commercial fossil company was digging for tyrannosaur skeletons in a giant Montana quarry when one of its pit-loaders accidentally bumped into the tail of a very different dinosaur. It was an ankylosaur—a low-slung plant-eater with armored plates on its back, and a huge defensive club at the end of its tail. The company was looking for a tyrannosaur, but it ended up finding the thing that smacks tyrannosaurs in the shins. Read more
((From the same 1992 Godzilla, King of the Monsters manga, here’s Godzilla as a Godzillasaurus! After Doctor Oniyama set in motion his plan to create an Anguirus from a revived Ankylosaurus, he forcibly devolved Godzilla into an unmutated Godzillasaurus for a short time, using KIDS, the time machine from Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah!
After Oniyama further mutated the Ankylosaur into the hulking Anguirus, he used the newly-created kaiju to try and crush Godzilla. However, the devolution wore off and Godzilla rose back out of the ground to begin his fight with Anguirus. As you can probably tell by now, this manga is pretty odd, but in a very fun way!))
((I have recently purchased a copy of the manga’s first volume; the hunt for the second and final volume is on! Expect more scans and posts related to the manga in the near future.))
Geof Darrow’s cover illustration for IDW’s GODZILLA: GANGSTERS AND GOLIATHS #1 written by John Layman with art by Alberto Ponticelli.
Darrow has drawn Godzilla battling the ankylosaur-inspired kaiju Anguirus on Monster Island, which he has further populated with crocodiles and pterosaurs while littering the ground with dinosaur bones.
A huge fan of kaiju movies, I once had the opportunity to ask Darrow if he would ever considering doing a Godzilla comic. He said yes, but only if Toho would grant him complete artistic freedom which he didn’t feel was a policy they were inclined towards since in this particular instance he actually had his work returned to him with a note saying that Toho ask that he redraw Godzilla’s nose since it was not accurate (whatever that means).