Why Can't We Have Nice Things Anymore?While I haven’t yet seen it yet, the theme’s in Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland” movie have a certain tangency with my own recent thoughts and observations on science fiction and futurism. Many – particularly in my own generation – seem to pine for the future we were promised in the 60’s and 70’s. The reading (and re-reading) choices of many of my peers seem to reflect that by turning our imaginations back to the future possibilities painted when looking ahead from the mid-20th century.Why Can't We Have Nice Things Anymore?3 months ago in Personal More Like This
Coupled with that trend of looking backwards for our future, I hear again and again that optimism is harder to find when looking forward from today and/or that today’s scifi writers are wallowing in dystopian futures. And I can’t disagree with either of those observations. But the question that now plagues me is “why”?
The human capacity for hope is great, as is our ability to make lemonade from lemons. So what’s impeding that
Top Palaeontological Discoveries of 20144 months ago i made a journal entry on the top 5 dinosaur discoveries of 2014:Top Palaeontological Discoveries of 20149 months ago in Personal More Like This
Now i feel that it kind off needs an update, so here it is, the top 10 palaeontological discoveries (in my mind) of 2014, keep in mind that this has been a great year for dinosaur discoveries in general, and everything might not make the list
And since i really do like dinosaurs, there is a high chance that most of the list will be about dinosaurs and almost certainly mostly about reptiles, since i´m more involved in the dinosaur "community" than that of other clades.
10. A prehistoric whale graveyard
A mass graveyard with fossilized whales covering a period of 10000 years (and at least four separate stranding events) has been unearthed in Chile. These baleen whales were probably stranded sometime between 10 and 9 million years ago.
The presence of feathers in Dinosauria in 6 pointsThis is the long awaited post for my point of view on this question. I finally finished it inspired by the recent post of the deviantartist karkajou1993.The presence of feathers in Dinosauria in 6 points4 years ago in Personal More Like This
EDIT: Now there is an updated and corrected blog post of this entry! Check it out: http://ktboundary-smnt2000.blogspot.it/#!/2013/01/the-presence-of-feathers-in-dinosauria.html
EDIT 2: the blog version has been updated with some new infos after an interesting post by Matt Martyniuk (link: http://dinogoss.blogspot.it/2013/09/youre-doing-it-wrong-dino-foot-scales.html). Go to read it!
1 - The ancestor of Dinosauria is feathered. Now we have proof that feathers were present both in theropods (Sinosauropteryx, Epidexipteryx, Velociraptor, Beipiaosaurus, Dilong, Anchiornis, etc..) other than ornithischians (Tianyulong, Psittacosaurus). Even i
Landscape MagicGorgeous viewsLandscape Magic6 months ago in Art Features More Like This
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-Forest conjuration- by Janek-Sedlar
Eternal Gold by Trashins
Origin of Dreams by MarsiaMS
Theoturm by EmmmBeee
Temperate Dawn by DMMDesign
Sacred Valley by AndrewShoemaker
Scarab by Dee-T
Jasna II by myusernameistaken2
Myth by freMDart
The Everlasting King by Unkopierbar
O.v.e.r.c.o.n.f.i.d.e.n.c.e by MitsukoYumi
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Night mirror by RazielMB
The world turns on the Passo Giau by JamesRushforth
Sawarna Beach by Hengki24
Feathered Cryolophosaurus? Not so...I have yet seen many more things, now I'll address another: Feathered Cryolophosaurus.Feathered Cryolophosaurus? Not so...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
One is shown below:
It's nothing but overenthusiastic speculation by feather lovers.
First of all, no actual evidence of feathers have been found outside Coelurosauria. Carnotaurus, the only non-coelurosaurian with known skin impressions, shows scales.
Now, the alledged dilophosaurian feathers may be brought up. Well, that's only a loose interpretation from a possible dilophosaurid imprint, no actual fossil evidence of dilophosaurian integument of any kind has been found and confirmed.
Then, in a last resort, the notion of pterosaur pycnofibres being homologues to coelurosaurian feathers may be brought up. That's just baseless speculation, just like the commonly alleged Tyrannosaurus sexual dimorphism. There is no evidence of pterosaurian pycnofibres being homologous to dinosaurian integument.
If they were, one would expect to see feathered Carnotaurus, feathered sauropodomorphs, and large feathered
Around the World: North America: AlaskaCome on a journey with me around the world in this brand new feature series! We will be visiting all the beautiful places to see all the wonderful wildlife and landscapes that our world containsAround the World: North America: Alaska5 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Our adventures will start in North America and go through all the continents. Each journal will contain the name of the continent we will be visiting, and the specific location within that continent. There will be multiple areas in the continent that we will visit. Check out the 'Upcoming Area" to see where we will visit next and possibly get featured
So are you ready to experience the world? Let's go!
NORTH AMERICA: ALASKA
Color study of ichthyosaurFor the book "Monsterøglene på Svalbard" I did a lot of anatomy studies and sketches on the main characters, the ichthyosaurs. Here is one on color. In the end, we chose a more sober color (black greyish and white). It would be fun to make some paintings with more colorful animals some day though.Color study of ichthyosaur2 years ago in Personal More Like This
THE SNAKE WITH LEGS!!!Reminds me of the serpent in the Garden of Eden, or that snake creature from The Good Dinosaur.THE SNAKE WITH LEGS!!!1 month ago in Personal More Like This
Animal ABC's: B is for BearThe continuation of the ABC series! For those of you who are new to this, let me explain how it works I will be going through the alphabet with different animals and making features. Want to make a suggestion for a future animal to be featured? Check out the Animal ABC's suggestion box! Check out the "Upcoming Animal" section to potentially get featured! More information can be found on the bottom. If you like this article, please give it a so the artists may get more exposure.Animal ABC's: B is for Bear6 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Without further ado...
B IS FOR BEAR
Titanosaur armorD. Vidal, 2014, "Titanosaur Osteoderms from the Upper Cretaceous of Lo Hueco (Spain) and Their Implications on the Armor of Laurasian Titanosaurs"Titanosaur armor3 months ago in Personal More Like This
"Titanosaurs are the only sauropod dinosaurs known to bear a dermal armor. Their osteoderms are relatively rare finds, with few more than a hundred specimens recovered worldwide. Also, little is known about their intra-individual, intra-specific or inter-specific variability. The macrovertebrate site of Lo Hueco (Upper Cretaceous; Cuenca, Spain) has yielded several specimens of osteoderms, some associated with fairly articulated specimens. They are all variations of the morphotype known as bulb and root. The presence of only this morphotype in Europe, which is considered as the primitive condition among titanosaurs, seems to indicate that the known Upper Cretaceous Laurasian titanosaurs only bore these referred bulb and root osteoderms. An elip
My Top Ten Paleontological Stories of 2014I've been thinking about this for a while. So I made one of my own. 2014 has been an impressive year for paleontology. But I think these are the best. This list includes published data AND unpublished data. NOTE: NONE of the images used here belong to me. They belong to their rightful owners. One image is scribbled on by me.My Top Ten Paleontological Stories of 20148 months ago in Personal More Like This
UPDATE: I accidentally included an extra entry even though their should be ten. I chose to remove my least favorite on this list which in this case is Qianzhousaurus. Sorry Qianzhousaurus.
10. Nanuqsaurus-From The North Came The Furry Tyrannosaurs
Disappointed about Raptorex and (probably) Nanotyrannus? No worry! We have another pygmy Tyrannosaurid and this time it ISN'T a juvenile of a known species (or unknown in the case of Raptorex). Nanuqsaurus holds the distinction of being the northern most Tyrannosaurid and for being unusually small. It is also likely that it had feathers due to it's location and smal
What has Nickelodeon become?This is the guy who used to be able to turn solid stone into lava just by thinking hard at it. The 60's most powerful superhuman! And all he's fit for now is soaking up whiskey like blotting paper and burning the toast!What has Nickelodeon become?4 months ago in Personal More Like This
Perfect way to describe what Nickelodeon is right now.
Now, I used to be such a huge Nickelodeon addict, I remember how I always stayed up late just to watch shows like Hey Arnold, Rugrats and all that good stuff. But as of late, I am just greatly disappointed in what the network has become. I'll admit, I've never watch anything on a daily basis from that network apart from the Legend of Korra (even though it's over I still catch som
Cryptid Files 3 CLOSEDThe Cryptid Files have returned! Yes after a extra or so year of hiatus the Files are back! Where have they been, I can't say, possibly disappeared like many a cryptzoological phenomena on camera. None the less, The Cryptid Files are ready to shine again! So get out your cameras, camping equipment, and any other various provisions and let's go track down some of the mysteries of heaven and Earth!Cryptid Files 3 CLOSED4 years ago in Personal More Like This
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Cryptozoology is the study of hidden animals, such as the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, The Yeti, Mothman, New Jersey devil, etc, etc.
1. Whenever I put up a dev with a cryptid it will be titled as an example "Crypt001A Nessie", and if you wish to do the same cryptid then just title it "Crypt001B Nessie", the next person will do "Crypt001C Nessie"
The Art of Brian Engh.A.K.A. Historian Himself .The Art of Brian Engh.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I found this creative artist and unusual rapper a few years ago, and saw his work as refreshing. His ideas about dinosaurs and the themes in his songs full of harmonious nature concepts, beautiful flamboyant imagery and Kaiju like “Earth Beasts”. But enough about me drooling over his creations, here is some of his paleo-art .
Super Size MeThis just blows me away:Super Size Me2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Apparently, 85% of the extrasolar planets discovered so far are either "super-Earths" (rocky terrestrial worlds up to 2x Earth's diameter) or "mini-Neptunes" (thick gas envelope over a rocky core, total size 2-4x Earth's diameter). Now obviously the apparent preponderance of these types could be due to a sample bias in terms of the detection methods employed--most of these worlds are close to their suns and thus easier to spot, so there may be more "normal" planets, from a solar/terrestrocentric perspective, further out…But that's not how it looks right now.
I want to know what this means for life...Are "Deathworld"-style multiple-Earth-mass planets the norm for terrestrial worlds? Are we actually the "lightweights" of the galaxy/universe? (If so, that's another great plot device justifying powered armor for spacefaring humans, and frankly that's all I really care about!) Are we more likely to find life on
Looks like I can talk about the WWD movie nowI worked on the Walking with Dinosaurs movie during preproduction as a character designer. I did multi-view skeletal and muscle diagrams to help guide the 3D sculptor (the talented David Krentz) and produced range of motion and movement studies. I continued to consult during development of the walk and run cycles, and served in a "catch-all" role on behavior and ecology when one of the other paleo advisors wasn't available.Looks like I can talk about the WWD movie now2 years ago in Personal More Like This
There were of course many other important advisors, and an entire army of artists who have worked on the movie since I was last involved, and they deserve most of the credit. For me the process was incredibly challenging and rewarding, and while you never get everything you want on a project like this the trailer makes me very excited to see the finished product!
Doug is back!Douglas Henderson have finally revealed his new Webside: http://douglashendersonehi.com/Artist.asp?ArtistID=41192&AKey=4YBGL8XGDoug is back!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Beside his well known pictures from books an other print media you also find some beautiful field sketches, lithographs and photography
Frederik Spindler have some new stuff, and it seems like he works inter alia on some stuff for the famous Bückeburg tracks: http://www.frederik-spindler.de/ one of the most interesting track sites I now.
You may notice that I have problems to keep the Jurassic Germany project going... for the moment. I would really like to present you the Oenosaurus cylce but it's far too unfinished to be shown here. Instead my mind flowing back to Silvanus. This biosphere of this moon will be the only project I present this year at the Rundgang exhibition (in february) but it will fill a own room and beside the usual drawings ,watercolor paintings and sketchbooks I will show you three books with field sketches, some sk
Monthly 100 point giveaway! [November] CLOSEDI'm such a terrible, terrible person. D: Sorry for being late! It should've closed already two days ago. ><; I promise to announce the winner later today! There's still much to do around here. xDMonthly 100 point giveaway! [November] CLOSED2 years ago in Personal More Like This
That's right Decided to make a tradition here~ And I wanted to start it with celebrating my 800+ watchers I promise, I will try my best to give out 100 to one lucky person every month. Ok, let's not waste much more time and let's get on with the important things!
This is a giveaway for my watchers only, so you have to be a watcher of mine.
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Not obligatory, but it'd be really great if you could:
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Pterosaur Discoveries of 20142014 has been a great year for Paleontology so far, for animals of all kinds: Non-Avian Dinosaurs, Avian Dinosaurs, Ichthyosaurs, Snakes, Etc. But here we have a list of all the Pterosaurs named this year:Pterosaur Discoveries of 20149 months ago in Personal More Like This
Aerodactylus scolopaciceps - Not so much a new discovery, in fact it was named in 1860 as Pterodactylus scolopaciceps, but it was only recently that it named a seperate genus, due to several differences from Pterodactylus, including tooth count. One with the name of a pokemon no less.
Boreopterus giganticus - A large species of Boreopterus discovered in China, which seems distinct enough to be considered seperate from Zhenyuanopterus longirostris.
Caiuajara dobruskii - A tapejarid discovered in Brazil, known from hundreds of bones belonging to at least 47 individuals of different growth stages in the same area, suggesting a congregation.
Hamipterus tianshanensis - a pte
Clash of the Titans!Time for some Fiction vs Real Life stuff.Clash of the Titans!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Dinosauria's Titans(the Sauropods) and Attack on Titan's Titans, compared in size!
If the image is too small for you, here is it in full size: http://i.imgur.com/TSZwt8R.jpg
Seems that the powerful Sauropods would give all but the Colossal Titan quite a run for their money.
Not to mention that the AoT's Titans are not very dense, so A. fragillimus might just be more massive than the Colossal Titan!
I did not have time to draw up my own A. fragilimus reconstruction, so I used :iconfragillimus335: 's one instead, from here: http://fav.me/d5gcqse
A Very Special Message from Guillermo del ToroFrom io9: Praise Cthulhu — we are going to get "more Jaegers and more Kaiju, kicking each other's butts" in 2017, according to this announcement from director Guillermo del Toro. Pacific Rim 2 has been greenlit for April 2017. Plus there'll be an animated series and more comics.A Very Special Message from Guillermo del Toro1 year ago in Personal More Like This
According to The Wrap, del Toro is co-writing the script with Zak Penn (and original movie writer Travis Beacham is involved in some capacity, according to the video.) And this time around, the film will be released by Universal, which is now distributing all of Legendary's films. This is the best news in ages.
:iconenshohma: says: Between this, the two planned Legendary Godzilla sequels, Gamera's 50th anniversary film, Toho's live action "Attack on Titan" film, and the big screen reboot of "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" (not to mention other projects I've purposely neglected to mention), I thi
ReferencesThis list will be expanded as time allows. If you know of any we didnt mention feel free to send a note with the pertinent subject.References5 years ago in Personal More Like This
Research is an important part of part of doing and getting palaeontological reconstruction as right as it can be or of bolstering your own notions. Be sure to practice your research skills on the Internet (useful, hopefully generic enough, links: http://www.virtualchase.com/quality/checklist.html , http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/FindInfo.html , http://www.library.jhu.edu/researchhelp/general/evaluating/ ) and in libraries.
If you have a Public University near you ask at their library what services the general public can access there.
Linked below are useful references for your palaeontological research needs.
Wikipedia. A good starting point for your research if you stick to the articles with references.
~ A BIG D.A Birthday and Friends ~Hello guys!~ A BIG D.A Birthday and Friends ~1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I come here to make this journal to talk about my friendships during those long years in this site, also, it's DeviantArt Birthday today. Gosh, it have already 14 years! The time sure goes fast!
My memory is failing, but I know two people who unfortunately are not so active on D.A anymore, and they speak with me on Face, and one of them I had the opportunity to meet, Felipe Elias :iconfelipe-elias:
He is a great paleoartist and inspired me a lot, since 2004. The other one is Felipe Coelho :iconFelipe-Coelho2:,an reptiles fanatic and now has won a beautiful snake. We've talked a lot and have drawing many times together.
Here, you can check my favorite art of each one:
I've also talked a lot with Carolzilla :iconCarolzilla:, she who introduced me to the game (which unfortunately I can not play) Primal Carnage. It's one of the few girls I know who loves dinosaurs like me!
She has a character - obviously my favorite, which is
Getting a bit tired...Well, Yutyrannus is discovered, and the "too big" argument gets shot down for everything smaller than a rhino and closer to birds than Tyrannosaurs, it seems. However, there is still this persistent argument, even hinted at in Yu's paper, than Tyrannosaurus may not be feathered, because it lived in "warmer" places, and it was too big (sigh), and overheating and naked elephants and rhinos and yadda yadda...Getting a bit tired...3 years ago in Personal More Like This
A few things:
A. "Pachyderms" are built like bricks. An elephant takes up far less space than a Tyrannosaurus, yet they are of comparable weights. 9 meter long Yutyrannus is the same weight as 3 meter long Diceros. They have FAR TOO DIFFERENT builts.
B. "Pachyderms" are descendants of aquatic animals. Rhinos less so, and rhinos are quite hairy compared to elephants and specially hippos.
C. Even alongside mammals, there is inconsistence: Giraffes and black rhinos live in the same area and have the same mass, but have quite different integument. Buffalo can get in the size range of bla