I’ve seen this chart floating around on my dash, and it occurred to me that I never posted the original version. So here is my and Jon‘s Dinosaur Classification Chart, in a hopefully Tumblr-palatable format.
Click here to see the moderately large version at DA.
This is a much simpler examination of dinosaur relationships than most of my watchers would probably find useful. Most of you will know that theropods are broken up into tetanurans and ceratosaurs, and that birds are nested within coelurosaurs, and that there are many internal divisions within sauropods and ornithiscians as well. But this chart is intended to be more of a quick, concise reference for laypeople, teachers, children, or whoever might have a passing interest in dinosaurs. My hope is that anyone who wants to quickly figure out what major group any given dinosaur falls into can glance at this chart and know immediately.
North America, Maastrichtian Age of the Late Cretaceous Period
Two wary rivals size each other up at the end of the dinosaur era. The quills are somewhat speculative, but perhaps not outside the realm of plausibility given the presence of similar structures in other Marginocephalians and more distantly-related Ornithischians.
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The first thing to greet one’s arrival to the Cretaceous hall is one of the famous quilled specimens of Psittacosaurus. Across the way are some other Jehol Biota animals, complete with models (like this Sinornithosaurus). They look fairly well, so far as museum models of feathered dinosaurs go—that is to say, they don’t look quite like naked dinosaurs with feathers just glued on. Beside the models are a couple specimens, including this Caudipteryx with feathers and its last meal, preserved in its stomach.
A step ahead is Protoceratops, doing what it does best, whatever that may be, and across from that, Corythosaurus. Just ahead are the heavy-hitters of the Cretaceous exhibit, a pair of Tyrannosaurus rex feuding over a corpse. It’s that of Edmontosaurus, being snarled over by tyrannosaurs because this is all edmontosaurs ever did.
Just around the corner is a rare site in most dinosaur halls, a mounted Pachycephalosaurus at full charge. Next to him are a rogue’s gallery of his marginocephalian buddies, the ceratopsians. From the left clockwise, they're Pachyrhinosaurus, Zuniceratops, Diabloceratops, and Torosaurus. Their more famous cousin, Triceratops, stands a bit further down.
Last on the way out of the dinosaur hall is the recently-named caenagnathid Anzu wileyi. The fossil was discovered 15 years ago, and the holotype at this point was presumably sitting just under my feet. Spooky.
Past here, some Cenozoic skeletons and another photoset.
This is my entry for conceptart.org ’s cow n. 121 Arctic Dinosaur
I named it Nivaceratops Ansonni. My concept was to take a kind of ceratopsian that would have survived the extinction and make it evolve to the point that it becomes an arctic creature. It’s behavior is similar to that of a musk ox.
I didn’t colour it since i wanted to focus on the texture.
The basic ceratopsian skeleton I used is one from Luis V. Rey.
Hell Creek, 65 million years ago, two months after the K-T took place. Our fellow Quetzalcoatlus’ migration was abruptly interrupted by a rock that came from outer space, visible as a small shooting star while he was flying among the birds.
After the meteor crashed, Earth’s ecosystems started to collapse. In Hell Creek, apart from the immediate deaths caused by the impact, the consecutive catastrophes wiped all most plant life. The fern prairies were the first to go, and with them the big hadrosaur herds that fed on them. Big predators perished right after a brief moment of abundance, when there were no more carcasses to sustain them. After the course of two months, only the most adaptable animals were still standing, though some of them would not live enough to see the light of day shining again through the ash clouds.
In this scenario, Ol’ Quetz tries to make a meal out of a hadrosaur carcass that is almost picked clean, but before he can even feel the taste of bone, a pair of Triceratops, with no more harem to protect nor plants to browse on, spot this last piece of hope. They are perfectly used to this kind of high-protein nutrition but in this case, is a matter or urgency. And they won’t let the pterosaur enjoy it without a fight.
A lone Pachyrhinosaurus, wandering away from the migrating herd, stops grazing to witness the first rays of sunlight after months of darkness, announcing the arrival of spring. The day will last only for a moment, but it means change for all alaskan creatures.
The mammals know it’s time to leave their burrows. The hadrosaurs are coming back with their honking calls. While the little trodoontids and dromeosaurids are starting to build their nests, and the arctic tyrannosaurs are shedding their white coats to match the melting snow, the ankylosaurs are waking up from their hybernation.
For the Pachyrhinosaurs, it’s time for some head butting.