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Thanks to all you awesome people, it looks like I passed 300 followers recently! Here’s a random museum dinosaur from my hard drive:

That’s “Gorgeous George” the Daspletosaurus in the lobby of the Field Museum circa 1960, in a spot now occupied by Sue the T. rex. While I’m at it, here’s George in his new digs upstairs and Sue holding court in the lobby.

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So as any followers should know dinosaurs are the best thing ever, and therefore it is only right that I would have a story about them. This is ’Pack Mentality’- a working title- and it’s about Shoot the Centrosaurus and her accidentally adopted child Sealights the Gorgosaurus. It makes sense in context.

It takes place in the late Campanian area that is now Alberta (because fuck yeah DPP), and is really a love letter to dinosaurs and the diversity of the area. And also to weirdass psuedo-religions, cults, and the strong desire to punch the carnivore=evil idea in the gonads. 

These are just some designs, nothing final but i really wanted to get a concrete idea of what some creatures look like. We have Sealights as a fluffy white baby, as well as what she and other gorgosaurs tend to look like as adults; old Shoot, complete with quills; a general design for Daspletosaurus and Quetzacoatlus along with Sealights’ and Shoot’s height comparisons; and Sealights all grown up at roughly 20? She doesn’t hit maturity over the course of the story I think, so eh.

Meet a Mount #2: FMNH Daspletosaurus

Taxon: Daspletosaurus torosus

Specimen Number: FMNH PR308

Year Created: 1959

This Daspletosaurus was discovered by Barnum Brown on an American Museum of Natural History sponsored expedition to Alberta in 1914. The partial skeleton was purchased by the Field Museum in the 1950s, where chief preparator Orville Gilpin mounted it for display. 

Since the specimen did not include most of the legs and tail, Gilpin opted to make a free-standing mount, with no visible external armature. The feet and legs were mostly composed of plaster replicas, so it was fairly simple to run steel pipes through them to support the mount. The exception was the right femur, which was original fossil material. In order to avoid the visual clutter of external braces, Gilpin completely destroyed this bone in order to thread the steel pipe through it. In his words:

“The only way to get a two inch pipe through [the femur] was to break it all to pieces. The internal bone was discarded, and the surface pieces were put back together around the pipe. This procedure may not be proper, but it seemed justified in this case." (Gilpin 1959).

Dubbed "Gorgeous George”, the completed mount was displayed in the Field Museum’s main hall for many years, posed victoriously over a prone Lambeosaurus skeleton. A remounted version of the same specimen is now part of the Evolving Earth exhibit. 

Notably, the mount was originally labeled as Gorgosaurus, and at some point was changed to Albertosaurus. A re-evaluation of the specimen in 1999 determined that it was in fact a Daspletosaurus, and that the Gorgosaurus-like characteristics of its skull had been sculpted in plaster.

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Seems like rain will ruin my walk through my territory as dark clouds begin to form above me or will they drift into another direction? I don’t know, but something gives me a smile and making me a happy Daspletosaurus.


Another attempt of whipping up a background through speed painting, always with no clue how the picture should actually look, that’s why the first picture looks so blurry and undefined.

Some musings on dinosaur names in the Herd project. Since I don’t think a family clan of tribal people would know Latin or use scientific names, I’ve been trying to come up with “common names” for the species living in the same lands with them that might potentially show up in things. I might as well collect them somewhere convenient, so here’s this post.

Troodon: The Singing People
Einiosaurus: The Horned Ones, cows

Their local azhdarchid (giant pterosaur): Dragon
Daspletosaurus (tyrannosaurid): Giant
Maiasaura: Bellower
Hypacrosaurus: Crested bellower
Orodromeus: Mountain Runner (I just… joinked the translation of Orodromeus)
(Not quite sure if Dromaeosaurus hits the right time period, but I did play with the idea of having them called “goblins”. They are non-sentient anyway)
(Also if there’s ever a Rubeosaurus, it’s “Long Horn”)
Avisaurus is just a bird.

Things still needing names:

Two ankylosaurs (Edmontonia and Euplocephalus, one has Impressive shoulder spikes, the other has a tail club)
Chirostenotes (an oviraptorid)
Bambiraptor

 At least that should cover the “big players”. There’s probably some “filler species”, like birds and small mammals, but those will most likely be called just birds and mammals.

The next question from that anonymous person:

“What is your opinion on Barney, what shoddy craftsmenship, right? Right down to those GARRISH toes.” - Anonymous

I completely agree, Anonymous. Also, for this post, I have redrawn Barney and his friends as accurate and contemporaneous dinosaurs: a subadult Daspletosaurus, a young Arrhinoceratops, a subadult Montanoceratops, and a young Saurolophus. This would obviously make for a much better children’s show.