nathan e. rogers

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!

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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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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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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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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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