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Non-binary Therizinosaur (“You can only be a herbivorous sauropod or a carnivorous theropod! That’s how it works.”), genderqueer Apatosaurus, asexual Quetzalcoatlus (”You’ve got to be attracted to someone” #batfacts), pansexual Utahraptor (THE MIGHTY GLOWRAPTOR), agender Dakosaurus and trans Kulindadromeus.

To all who see this, I apologize for my inferior floofing capabilities.

For @a-dinosaur-a-day‘s LGBT dinosaurs meme.

These bastards took me three days to finish.

Anyway today’s, yesterday’s, and the day before that’s dinosaur fridge magnet is not a dinosaur– it’s Quetzalcoatlus. I sort of did myself in with this one as the magnet it’s based on is flying, but Quetzalcoatlus looks really cool when it’s on the ground, so I decided to draw it in both poses. This may or may not have been a mistake, but that alone can’t account for the fact that despite having very strong silhouetted and being constructed out of simple, charismatic shapes, these things were incredibly difficult for me to draw. This could also have something to do with the fact that I’ve never really drawn a pterosaur before, at least not since I was like, ten.

The offending magnet actually looks nothing like a Quetzalcoatlus (and it’s labeled as “Pterodactyl” on the box), and the only reason I think that’s even what it’s supposed to be is because it clearly follows all the incredibly inaccurate paleoart tropes that normally apply to Quetzalcoatlus– gangly legs, long, skinny wings, what was probably at one time an Aztec-inspired color scheme, and of course, the essential Azhdarchid head nubbin, which is as ubiquitous as it is confusing, because no Azhdarchid is actually known to have anything remotely like it. It’s below the cut:

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Highly speculative bust of that short-necked azhdarchid~

Achillobator giganticus

By Calum O’Halloran at @ridiculouslyphotogenicsinosaurus

Name: Achillobator giganticus 

Name Meaning: Achilles hero 

First Described: 1999

Described By: Perle, Norell & Clark 

ClassificationDinosauria, Theropoda, Neotheropoda, Averostra, Tetanurae, Orionides, Avetheropoda, Coelurosauria, Tyrannoraptora, Maniraptoriformes, Maniraptora, Pennaraptora, Paraves, Eumaniraptora, Dromaeosauroidea, Dromaeosauridae, Eudromaeosauria, Dromaeosaurinae

Achillobator is a fairly famous raptor due to its large size. Like Austroraptor and Utahraptor, it was on the larger end of raptor size, comparable to the raptors of Jurassic Park. In fact, it was about 5 to 6 meters long and 2 meters tall. It was found in the Bayan Shireh Formation in Dornogovi Province, Mongolia. It lived about 90 million years ago, in the Turonian age of the Late Cretaceous. It is only known from very fragmentary remains, however cladistic analyses have proven it is not a chimera (a mixture of different dinosaur fossils). It lived alongside the tyrannosaurid Alectrosaurus which Achillobator probably had to compete with for food. It also lived alongside Segnosaurus, Talarurus, Bactrosaurus, a sauropod, and an azhdarchid pterosaur. 

Sources: 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achillobator

Shout out goes to epicaustraliangirl!

anonymous asked:

Nigel Marvin comes to you and says "We're going to make a new WWD together." You get to pick the six episodes. GO.

HOLY CRAP THIS IS THE BEST ASK I’VE EVER RECEIVED. 

Episode 1: Northwestern Argentina, Late Triassic. I’d do the earliest dinosaurs. Eoraptor, Herrerasaurus, Pisanosaurus, and of course all the other weird animals that lived at the time like Hyperodapedon, Probelesodon, Ischigualastia, Exaeretodon, and I’d probably have a Silesaurid, a “prosauropod” of some sort, and an early pterosaur - since it was still Pangaea back then, existing genera could even be used for those. All Avemetatarsalians would be floofed. The story would probably center around the Silesaurid I think - no it’s not a true Dinosaur but it is a Dinosauriform and we never talk about the weird almost dinosaurs

Episode 2: Siberia, Middle Jurassic. Kulindadromeus is decidedly the star of this one. From that specific fossil site there is also a medium sized theropod and other random Ornithischians. I’d probably have something similar to a Cetiosaurid, or a Mamenchisaurid, or a very very early sauropod to show how small and weird they were to start out with. I’d make the theropod a compsognathid, and because it’s in Siberia, everything would be fluffy except the sauropod, because cold. Maybe even a primitive thyreophoran. Kulinda’s the star though. Kind of like the Leaellynasaura in the original show - they really carried that episode mostly by themselves. 

Episode 3: TENDAGURU, Late Jurassic. Everyone aaaalways does the Morrison well I’M BRINGING THE AFRICAN DINOSAURS. For sauropods I’d have Giraffatitan, Dicraeosaurus, Tornieria (yes, I’d insist on Tornieria being a dull orange color), and Tendaguria. There’d be Ostafrikasaurus, Elaphrosaurus, Ceratosaurus, and Veterupristisaurus, with the first being an example of an early Spinosaur and the last an example of an early Carcharodontosaur. Pterosaurs we’d have Tendaguripterus, Pterodactylus, and Rhamphorhynchus. Then for Ornithischians we’d have Dyslatosaurus and Kentrosaurus, and Kentrosaurus would be the focus of this one because when do we ever focus on stegosaurs oh that’s right never

Episode 4: Alright, I’m giving in and doing Early Cretaceous North America. Yeah, it’s in When Dinosaurs Roamed America, but let’s make that floof up to date. Since we haven’t focused on a sauropod, Sauroposeidon is the star. Plus, it’s a sauropod star in the Cretaceous - your average viewer wouldn’t expect that! Then we got Acrocanthosaurus, Deinonychus, Tenontosaurus, Astrodon, and honestly even though that’s all from the Antlers Formation in Oklahoma and Texas, I’d probably include some fauna from the Cloverly Formation and Cedar Mountain Formation - Sauropelta, Microvenator, Eolambia, and Falcarius. There would be appropriate floof, and there wouldn’t be any raptors just… not running away when lit on fire. 

Episode 5: MIDDLE CRETACEOUS ASIA. Why? Achillobator. It’s time to give the weird giant raptor some love. Achillobator would be the focus because I recognize I had not given time yet to a theropod of any sort. Alectrosaurus, the early tyrannosaur, would also be there and would be kind of like the lion to Achillobator’s hyena, with them taking advantage of each other’s kills and stealing, but not actually fighting or anything like that. There would be a lot of therizinosaurs like Segnosaurus, and they’d also be Talarurus and Bactrosaurus and an unnamed azhdarchid (I’d probably call it Azdarcho). 

Episode 6: NEMEGT FORMATION OF THE GOBI DESERT, LATE CRETACEOUS. The star? Duck Satan Deinocheirus. This also was a formation with a lot of Oviraptorosaurs, so there would be a scene where just all of them would wander by in a herd of weirdness and what the hap is fuckening - Ajancingenia, Avimimus, Elmisaurus, Conchoraptor, Nemegtomaia, Nomingia, and Rinchenia, in one of the best animated scenes of all history, a chorus of different pitched squacks (the narration at this point would need to make a comment about bird watching). There’d also be Adasaurus, Borogovia, Gurilynia, Judinornis, Teviornis, Tochisaurus, and Zanabazar, and they’d all act like birds and it would be hard to tell one apart from another, even the Avialans - they’d all look like different types of birds. Theeeen we’d have Alioramus and Tarbosaurus representing the tyrannosaurs, Therizinosaurus, Mononykus, and Gallimimus for the other Coelurosaurs; the actually decently known titanosaur Nemegtosaurus, and then Barsboldia, Prenocephale, Saurolophus, and Tarchia to represent the Ornithischians. I’m not sure what the story would be, but it would not end in the K-T Extinction. 

And that’s my idea! Now I want to do this. What have you done. 

I have a bone to pick with The Good Dinosaur

As much as I am excited to see The Good Dinosaur as a fan of animation, as a zoology major who studies animal populations, ecology, and evolution I wish Pixar did not make anachronistic/retro choices. Clearly the movie is supposed to take place in North America during the last Ice Age or sometime after. I can understand the reason for not making them evolved a la Peter Jackson’s Skull Island (even though realistically 66 million years is a long time for a T. rex to be a T. rex). I can also understand the cartoony nature of them for pure artistic choices (though I was somewhat expecting them to be more align with how they did in Finding Nemo and not Bug’s Life. Then again, they generally don’t make naturalistic animals to begin with). But it still is no excuse for making theropods featherless/half scaly or have apatosaurs coexisting with tyrannosaurs. Like here is the following they could have done:

  • Just recon/make Arlo and his family Alamosaurus in the first place (these unlike Apatosaurus actually did live in the same time and place as Tyrannosaurus).
  • Have Woodbrush be Triceratops or a stylized chasmosaurine (I actually don’t understand why he is a three-horned Styracosaurus).
  • Why not make Thunderclap and his gang as azhdarchids in the first place? (Seriously, Pixar, they are Pterodactylus?)
  • Recon Bubbha and his pack as Dakotaraptor not Velociraptor (granted Pixar was probably not aware of them at the time as the genus was only announce recently. But they seem to be making the designs off of Jurassic Park).
  • Add more flesh. They were not walking skeletal mounts with skin covering them.
  • Lastly raptors should have been covered in feathers, not half-assed scaly vermin. Tyrannosaurs should also have some form of coating as well.

Of course this is by all means not a direct attack on Pixar or me saying “boycott this movie!” Hell, I am still gonna see the movie. I am just a little bothered, however, that it is still 2015 and we are still way behind in making dinosaurs up to date. Just because it is a kids movie does not make it excused or get lack of criticism from scientists. I mean, where are the same scientists that crucified Jurassic World for the same reasons of not making dinosaurs scientifically accurate. Hopefully in the near future we would have a really good, accurate dinosaur movie that says “fuck the old school and yay for science.”