• Me:(to group of children) Raise your hand if you have a song you'd like us to sing!
  • Little boy:The pterodactyl song!
  • Me:I don't know that one. How does the pterodactyl song go?
  • Little boy:(Throws back his head and emits an ungodly screech)
  • Me:Fair enough.

Do you like games such as,

- Zoo Tycoon 2

- Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis

- Rollercoaster Tycoon

and were you disappointed in the lack of realism, artificial intelligence for the animals, or lack of creativity revolving around the enclosures for your creatures?

Prehistoric Kingdom is a tycoon simulation game currently under development that aims to be a spiritual successor to Zoo Tycoon 2 and Jurassic Park Operation Genesis.

This game promises to have realistic dinosaurs (with feathers that you can turn on and off according to your preference), prehistoric mammals, aquatic reptiles, and other extinct species that are accurate depictions of their kind.

Here is the catch;

200 different species will have AI that allows them to perform and react with their natural behaviors to a variety of settings, including social, predator/prey, and environmental settings.

But this is a theme park building game!

Safari jeep tours, aquariums, roller coasters, and animal interactions are just a few of the theme park attractions that you can create.

This game is the epitome of Tycoon-type experiences, combining all of your favorite games into one, modern, accurate depiction of Prehistoric theme park greatness.

You are essentially creating your own version of Jurassic World that isn’t just limited to Dinosauria!!

What you can do to help promote this indie game into production:

Like them on Facebook (where they post almost weekly updates and commonly ask for fan input on creatures and options being added)

Subscribe to  them on Youtube

Stay active and help advertise their game, because I strongly believe this will be the new generation of Zoo Tycoon-type games that everyone will love.

This is a trailer for it’s upcoming Spring 2015 Tech Demo.

Note: I have no association with Prehistoric Kingdom or it’s development team in any way, I just wanted to help promote the game.

Source for GIFs and some info:

Any and all of the illustrations that have appeared in this collection are available (or can be requested) as prints. If your loved one, arch-enemy or pet’s birthday is on the horizon, why not consider a relevant rendering as a thoughtful gift/peace offering?

The signs as dinosaurs

(Note: these are real photographs of dinosaurs. They are in no way artist’s renditions. Dinosaurs are real and I will fight you on that)

Aries: Pterodactyl

Taurus: Apatosaurus

Gemini: Megalodon

Cancer: Ganeosaurus

Leo: Liopleurodon

Virgo: Pachycephalosaurus

Libra: Hadrosaur

Scorpio: Velociraptor

Sagittarius: Triceratops

Capricorn: Ankylosaurus

Aquarius: Diplodocus

Pisces: Stegosaurus

[Image: S.H.Morgan's cladogram of the animal groups that fall under Dinosauria. Somewhat outdated, but still useful for our purposes.]

Many of us grew up referring to any vaguely reptilian prehistoric animal as a “dinosaur”. In truth, that group is much more exclusive than you might think. Dinosaurs fall under one of two orders–Saurischia or Ornithischia–and share a more recent common ancestor with one another than with any of the following animals:

[Image: Rhamphorhynchus by John Conway]

The first vertebrates capable of powered flight, pterosaurs ruled the Mesozoic skies long before the earliest birds appeared on the scene. Current thinking is that they shared a close relationship with dinosaurs in the group Ornithodira, but they themselves were not dinosaurs.

[Image: Saurosuchus by Nobu Tamura]

Many prehistoric crocodile relatives had erect limbs like dinosaurs, so perhaps it’s no wonder people get them confused. However, these animals evolved their erect stance independently of dinosaurs. A good rule of thumb to remember is that if it walks on four legs and looks like a crocodile, it probably isn’t a dinosaur.  

[Image: Various prehistoric marine reptiles by Sergey Krasovskiy]

Unlike birds such as penguins, non-avian dinosaurs generally weren’t as big on the whole aquatic lifestyle thing as we once thought. The dolphin-like ichthyosaurs, long-bodied mosasaurs and snaky- or thick-necked plesiosaurs were more closely related to lizards than to dinosaurs. 

[Image: Dimetrodon by Marco A. Pineda]

As synapsids, the often sail-backed pelycosaurs were more closely related to mammals than to dinosaurs. That’s right–creatures often marketed as dinosaurs actually occupy a branch on the animal family tree much closer to you and me!

[Image: Estemmenosuchus by Mojcaj]

This group includes modern mammals, so it should be pretty obvious why they’re not considered dinosaurs despite many of the early forms’ more reptilian appearances.


Plenty of other examples exist, but these critters are some of the most common culprits when it comes to being confused for dinosaurs. Remember, it can’t hurt to do your research before calling something a dinosaur!