skull-and-horns

Almost done cleaning this super cool “horned” mule skull.

Horses will sometimes develop unusual boney protrusions, called frontal bosses, from their skull. Some breeds like Andalusians are more prone to developing them than others.

From what I’ve read, these typically appear above the eyes on the side of the animal’s head or more towards the center of the forehead but I haven’t really been able to find out much about ones growing below the eyes like on this guy.

Those little things are sharp!

SUMMER SALE smile emoticon
Hey kids! I am having a 2 day sale to celebrate the arrival of summer. Use coupon code SUMMERTIME to get 15% off all items in my store. This includes READY TO SHIP & MADE TO ORDER LISTINGS.

www.etsy.com/shop/MissGDesignsShop

My current wait time is 4 weeks on the MADE TO ORDER listings. These will only be up for a limited time. I will continue to make new designs through out the summer and post them in the shop. Please don’t wait till the last minute for your Burning Man purchases. Each summer I get booked up solid by mid July. I turned down 73 orders last year.

Thank you for your continued support of my wacky art!
xx

Jurassic Park: Animal Bios #21 - Majungasaurus

Meet Majungasaurus crenatissimus.

Formerly known as “Majungatholus”, this dinosaur’s name may not ring a bell of familiarity. Obscure as it is, Majungasaurus is just as interesting as any other theropod. Like Carnotaurus, Majungasaurus was a part of the tiny-armed, snub-snouted carnivorous theropods known as abelisaurs. Although quite small compared to larger theropods such as Tyrannosaurus or Giganotosaurus, Majungasaurus was likely a fierce predator; the apex of its ecosystem. It had a short but deep skull, with two horn-like crests over each brow, similar to Carnotaurus, but not as pronounced. Interestingly enough, Majungasaurus fossils have been found on the remote African island of Madagascar.

NAME MEANING: Mahajanga Lizard
DIET: Carnivorous
TEMPORAL RANGE: Late Cretaceous Period
LOCATION: Madagascar, Africa
HEIGHT: 6ft (2m)
LENGTH: 22ft (7m)
WEIGHT: 1t (2000lbs)


Within the Jurassic Park universe

In the films

Masrani

By the events of Jurassic World, Masrani Global was in posession of Majungasaurus DNA. It is unknown whether any were actually cloned for the park, but some was used in the genetic makeup of the Indominus rex. Combined DNA from Majungasaurus, Rugops, and Carnotaurus was what gave the Indominus its bony scutes and osteoderms all over its body.

*Note: The above artwork is from the Jurassic Park Institute website, and should not be taken as novel or film canon.

Jurassic World (2015)

While Majungasaurus itself does not appear in Jurassic World, it does appear, in essence, in the form of the Indominus, the genetic hybrid designed by InGen under the wing of Masrani Global. The Majungasaurus DNA is mixed with the DNA of several other animals, including some that are classified…

Read more on the Indominus in its Jurassic Park Bio, coming soon.