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Dinovember 23 2016

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 in Monthly Challenge

Tylosaurus: among the three largest species of mosasaur. It is theorized that it used its hard pointy shout to ram and stun its prey. I think it very neat that it is closely related to modern day monitor lizards and...

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Dinovember 22 2016

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 in Monthly Challenge

Longisquama: this odd reptile was about 6 inches long. The defining characteristic is the long structures sprouting from its back. There is much debate on what they were. Some think feathers, some say modified scales, possibly even thick hair-like tube ‘thingies’. My favourite was the suggestion that perhaps it just died laying on top of...

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Dinovember 21 2016

Posted on Nov 21, 2016 in Monthly Challenge

Anurognathus: a small pterosaur. It’s skull was wider than it was long, and it had a very short tail. Wikipedia also says something about structures on the jaw that indicate bristly hairs (whiskers?) on the snout. I actually drew another version this morning that I was very happy with… but then before I could save: painter12 crashed on me....

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Dinovember 20 2016

Posted on Nov 20, 2016 in Monthly Challenge

Drinker: named after palaeontologist Edward Drinker Cope. In 1990 it was described as living in a swampy environment (based on they types of fossils found in the same...

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Dinovember 19 2016

Posted on Nov 19, 2016 in Monthly Challenge

Titanophoneus: this creature lived before the dinosaurs. it makes me think of some kind of hippo crossed with a komodo dragon. Sure it looks friendly here, but it’s name means “titanic...

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Dinovember 18 2016

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 in Monthly Challenge

Micropachycephalosaurus: This is a rather diminutive relative of the regular sized pachycephalosaurus. Officially the dinosaur with the longest name, so of course it is among the smallest of the dinosaurs. (roughly cat sized) Wikipedia didn’t say anything about them butting heads like their larger cousins....

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Dinovember 17 2016

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 in Monthly Challenge

Balaur Bondoc: this relative of the velociraptor lived on an island. Isolated island evolution generally makes larger animals smaller. This was the case for the balaur. It was the sized of a large dog (not a huge dog, just large) and it had two great big retractable claws and two small ones on each foot. Apparently the shape wasn’t entirely suitable...

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Dinovember 16 2016

Posted on Nov 16, 2016 in Monthly Challenge

Nigersaurus: named after the country in which it was discovered… I think it should have been named “goofygrinasaurus” after the teeth that define it’s mouth. All of it’s teeth were in a line straight across it’s face, instead of curved around the sides. I assume this helped it to absolutely mow down more ferns with every...

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Dinovember 2016 14

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 in Monthly Challenge

Irritator: not the first thing I would name a dinosaur. I don’t think there is a way to determine how annoying a dinosaur was. This dinosaur is known from a single fossil. A “holotype” is when there is a single known specimen (fossil, example, etc) used to represent the entire...

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