elasmosaurs

Happy 29th birthday to me

Its now officially my birthday. I’m almost 30 now. Feeling kind of old. :P

My parents are really busy this weekend so I probably won’t be able to do much today. My mom might bake me a fruit flan, and take me out for a burger for supper. This sounds kind of boring, but its not fast food, its from an organic local farm’s restaurant and its really good.

Later this week I might see a movie with my parents. Probably Spider Man or the new Planet of the Apes movie, and I might go look for fossils (in Courtenay nearby is famous for its aquatic fossils which include mega reptiles like mosasaur and elasmosaurs).

But I have to admit I’m also feeling quite lonely. I don’t really have any close friends anymore so I will be spending my birthday just with my parents. A lot of this is related to both of my social anxiety and shyness. Its really hard for me to make friends, or even retain the friends I make. Both of my siblings live away from here so they won’t be able to come to my birthday either. I’m also really not happy about my accomplishments at this age. But I’ll try to be optimistic and not blame myself too much.

If you want to wish me a happy birthday, I’d appreciate it. It might make me feel a bit less alone on my birthday. :)

Summer of Retrosaurs: The Land Unknown

Name: The Land Unknown

Production Company: Universal Studios

Notable Cast/Crew: Virgil W. Vogel, Director, Jock Mahoney (Hal Roberts), Shirley Patterson ( Maggie Hathway), Henry Brandon (Dr. Hunter)

Retrosaurs in Film: Tyrannosaurus Rex (True Tyrant), Elasmosaurus (Long Necked Sea Tyrant), Stegasaurus (Primitive Carnivorous Retrosaur), and unidentified pterodactyl (Flying Retrosaur)

Summary: With Antarctica’s expansive bounties, the United States Government sends a team to a warm lake in the heart of Antarcitca. They arrive to the lake in time to find a storm coming, and are forced down into an unknown area thousands of feet below sea level after something damages the rotors. Forced to stay the night in the incredibly warm place, they awaken to find themselves stranded in a valley that time had forgotten. Trapped in the geologic era of the Mesozoic, they are forced to fend off beasts of unimaginable terror from an era before man. But when their food is raided, and the girl is carried off with a set of human tracks, they figure out that they are not the only humans in this forsake place. It then becomes a race against time and beasts to escape the Land Unknown.

Thoughts: I was honestly surprised about this movie. From the reviews and everything that I had seen, I was expecting it to be terrible. And it went out of left field and made me enjoy it thoroughly. Sure, it’s a heavy stereotyped based movie, but it plays them off really well. The characters are all enjoyable, if a little more underdeveloped than I like, but none of them really come across as annoying. The portrayls of desperation, madness, and the drive to get out of the prehistoric hell hole were actually rather well done considering the incredibly low budget they had for the movie. My personal favorite was Henry Brandon’s performance of a man lost to a world that only wanted to kill him. It was nice to see the secondary plot of his redemption from a man just above monsters to one of sympathy and worth redemption rather than damnation by Elasmosaurus.

And with the low budget limit, it’s not too terrible. Apparently, the animatronic cost so much that they had to film the movie in black and white because of the cost alone, which makes it all that more fascinating that visually it works really well. The set work and the miniatures were surprisingly well crafted and created a wonderful backdrop that gave it a truly primeval feel, and the full daylight gave that feeling that you were never really safe no matter what you did. The animatronic Elasmosaurus was actually the most iconic monster of the set, with the fanged maw with oddly pronounced canines creating an interesting profile. The “Stegosaurus” were the next, with the live action fight being one of the tensest moments, even the scenes without the fighting were oddly terrifying and tense. The Rex was decent, and the origin of the iconic stock roar was great, but the kicker for me was the arms. I was torn out at times because of the tiny limp little arms, but overall I rather enjoyed the appearances. The pterosaurs were kinda a letdown, quick glimpses here and there, but overall there was plenty of prehistoric beasts.  

Though, this may seem strange, but everywhere I saw reminded me of Kong. From the Rex being the secondary baddie to the Elasmosaur, to the scenario, everything about this film just screamed Kong Skull Island all over it. I’d love to see a remake with a more diverse cast, go and have in the MonsterVerse the isolated island in the world of man where time continues on as it had in the ages. Even if it wasn’t Universal Studios who produced it, I’d still love to see a remake of this movie that treats it well. I’d say it’s worth it just to see the similairites to Kong: Skull Island

Good Points: The acting, killer plant, the entire loris scene for cute moment, the Elasmosaurus

Bad Points: Super positioning, the budget, those tiny arms that will haunt me in my nightmares.

Review: 3 and half out of 5 footprints.

Purchase Link: If you desire to purchase it. It’s easy to find online though,like simple google search.

anonymous asked:

Do we have any real evidence that mosasaurs attacked big elasmosaurs (like we do for pliosaurs)?

I only know of evidence that mosasaurs fed on fairly small plesiosaurs, but I’m not all that well-versed in marine reptiles.

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As I mentioned in my other post, today for my birthday (early birthday) I went to the Courtenay Museum & Paleontology Centre.

This area used to be an ancient ocean and fossils around 80 millions years old can be found here of various aquatic life (Bivalves, crabs, fish, ammonites, trilobites, etc).

However this area has recently become famous for aquatic super predators like the Elasmosaur and Mosasaur; aquatic reptiles comparable in size to the dinosaurs.

Image 1-3: Actual elasmosaur fossils. Look how big this animal got!

Image 4-5: Replica cast of elasmosaur.

Image 6: Artistic rendering of the ocean at the time these animals were alive. Ammonites are displayed.

Images 7-10: Various fossils from around this region; lots of ammonites in particular.

I would have taken more diverse photos but my phone died.