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Kentrosaurus aethiopicus

Sunrise in the Late Jurassic of Tanzania (Kimmeridgian/Tithonian Age, Tendaguru Formation)

Kentrosaurus was a stegosaurid dinosaur with impressive rows of small plates and large spines down its back and tail. Here, I’ve depicted an individual approaching a water source for a drink in the early morning.

Photograph and digital painting, Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Wacom Intuos tablet.

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Arctic Tyrant, Nathan E. Rogers, 2014

Set within hills of snow, beyond a lake colder than the ice upon it, there is a hole in the earth—a pocket of heat among frozen peaks. Flames blink from it; smoke pours from it. Molten rock fountains and spatters at the mouth—glowing spit and vomit from unseen places. It sounds like wind, rushing, churning, as if a storm were held behind the fissure there and smelted into fiery violence.

Concavenator corcovatus

Early Cretaceous (Barremian Age), Spain

A mid-size (around 6 meter/20 ft) carnivorous dinosaur with a rather strange fin-like structure emerging from its back, made of two elongated vertebral spines in front of the hips. There are several speculative possibilities as to what this structure may have been used for.

Pleased to make this my first new entry for Studio 252MYA - a paleoart collective featuring artists from around the world, including the team behind Earth Archives and Pteros. Check out 252mya.com for more!

Pachycephalosaurus wyomingensis

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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Acrocanthosaurus atokensis

Early Cretaceous, North America

Acrocanthosaurus was a large theropod dinosaur, with adults measuring nearly 40 feet long. Some fossil footprints in Texas may be attributable to Acrocanthosaurus or a close relative.

The sky is a photo I took; the dinosaur, foreground and most of the vegetation are digital painting. Done in Photoshop CS6 with a Wacom tablet.


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Diabloceratops eatoni

A centrosaurine ceratopsian from the Wahweap Formation of Utah, this dinosaur was first described in 2010 by James Kirkland and Donald DeBlieux. It lived during the Late Cretaceous (Campanian Age) about 79 million years ago.

Considering that the modern Rocky Mountains were being formed at the time, it seems possible that an unfortunate Diabloceratops might have encountered volcanoes. Volcanic lightning is a real natural phenomenon, and if you haven’t seen photos I highly recommend an image search – it’s amazing.

After the last few calm, quiet scenes I’ve painted, I figured a different tone might be fun, though the results may be straying dangerously close to something one might encounter on the side of a van… in the 1980’s…

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Apatosaurus excelsus and Ornitholestes hermanni

[I made a soundtrack for this painting, which can be heard here: https://soundcloud.com/oviraptor-space-program/giants-of-the-kimmeridgian ]

North America, morning in the Kimmeridgian Age of the Late Jurassic:

Roused from slumber by the passage of a giant, the little “bird robber,” Ornitholestes, watches silently from the shade. Despite its bulk, the giant’s feet are nearly soundless on the earth, cushioned against the shock of its weight, but the little robber’s senses are keen indeed, and this time of year the giant makes his presence known with rumbling infrasound and bright display structures as he searches for a mate, driven by genetic imperative.

The giant doesn’t see the little robber as food, consuming vast quantities of vegetation instead, but that much mass, those strong limbs, that whip-fast tail are dangerous, and it might draw other, carnivorous giants near with its scent and the signs of its passage. But the little robber is quiet, nimble and swift - perhaps there’s some advantage in keeping close to this moving mountain, this giant of the Earth: its great strides flush prey from the bush, its presence attracts insects and other, more substantial morsels to be caught in the little robber’s claws, and larger sharp-toothed predators will focus on the giant instead of the little robber. It wouldn’t be the first time, if they did: the giant’s hide bears the scars of past battles won.

The giant moves slowly, but with the inexorable power of the environmental cycles of which it is a part, in which its kind have evolved; first a drink from the lake, then onward seeking companionship and evolutionary legacy. It’s that time of year again. The little robber will follow, for a while.

And in time, deep time, after a full life, the giant’s bones will be buried in gravity-drawn sediments, replaced with other minerals, fossilized, unearthed by bipedal mammals, studied and admired, named and renamed: “Deceptive Lizard,” “Thunder Lizard,” Apatosaurus excelsus, Brontosaurus, sauropod, dinosaur…

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Ankylosaurus magniventris

North America, late afternoon in the Maastrichtian Age of the Late Cretaceous

The classic armored dinosaur, Ankylosaurus is relatively poorly known in the fossil record, so my reconstruction of the armor pattern here is somewhat speculative.

I made a soundtrack for the painting, which you can listen to at my SoundCloud page, here.

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