Monday, September 15, 2008
Since this blog will cover all sorts of species of prehistoric wildlife, I just did not want to limit it to dinosaurs. I've actually always been more fascinated with prehistoric mammals than dinosaurs. I'm not really sure why, maybe because many of the species lived in the time of humans. One of my favorite of these mammals is the all powerful Smilodon. The Smilodon is believed to have lived approximately 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago. What I found interesting was that is was thought to have been built more powerfully and stocky like a bear, rather than the sleeker big cats we see today. Here in my drawing, I went a little overboard with the cat's size compared to the vulture and the mammoth. I could try to say that the poor mammoth is a baby...but look at those tusks! Anyhow, the saber-tooth is in just as much trouble as it's prey, because that black stuff they are sinking in, is not water. I'm not sure if that is a look of aggression, or fear.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
This creature is one of my made-up dinos. He looks more like he comes from a line of predatory species. I just had fun with this guy. I will do a lot of that with this blog, since I am not a paleontologist and I get a lot of my dinosaur facts from sources like the Godzilla films and the Flintstones...just joking...Wikipedia actually. He looks kind of playful if you ask me. It is always more fun to draw the bad guys. So of course what is more bad-assed than a carnivorous dinosaur?
Here is my drawing of a Gallimimus, which I think were the same ostrich-like dinos shown in the movie Jurrasic Park. Remember that cool scene where the big T-Rex shows up out of nowhere and picks one of them off? Anyhow, I read somewhere (ZooBooks) that "gal-uh-MIME-us" means "fowl mimic". Like many birds today, it had hollow bones which seems kinda weird for an animal so big. It was also thought to be an omnivore, feeding on many species of plants and eating small animals also.
Here is my very first post to Paleo-Buffet. One of my favorite dinosaurs, the legendary Triceratops. I remember as a kid always seeing depictions of this guy spiking his horns through the bloodied guts of the frequently ill-tempered T-Rex. I always root for the underdog.