Merlin's familiar. Haven't really come up with the story yet, but I do know that this creature was the only witness to the pulling of Excalibur from the stone. And he/she is older than Merlin.. All I got for now. Enjoy!
Recent entry for the COW at CA.Org. These poisonous little buggers pack quite a punch when hunting for the large prey they so greedily desire. Their venom, which is introduced either through a bite or a sharp prick of their horned faces, has ten time the potency of any other animal known to man and can only be matched by their furious tempers. Had a lot of fun doing the dappled sunlight thing. Might try it again someday. Hope you like it.
O Oxalaia quilombensis é uma nova espécie de espinossaurídeo encontrada por paleontólogos durante uma expedição na Ilha de Cajual, no Maranhão. Ele foi o maior dinossauro carnívoro que viveu no litoral brasileiro e foi nomeado pelos paleontólogos Alexander W.A. Kellner, A.K. Sergio Azevedo, Elaine Machado, Luciana B. Carvalho e Deise D.R. Henriques em 2011.
A espécie é muito semelhante a outras já descritas na África. Isso pode ser explicado se pensarmos que, no período histórico anterior, aquele continente era ligado à América do Sul, o que proporcionou a migração de animais de uma região para outra.
Os espinossaurídeos – família a qual pertence o Oxalaia – eram terópodos e se destacavam por possuírem focinhos longos e estreitos, armados com dentes afiados e uma grande garra nas patas dianteiras. Estas adaptações indicam que esses animais podiam ter grande aptidão para “fisgar” peixes. No entanto, é pouco provável que a dieta dos espinossaurídeos tenha sido exclusivamente de peixes. A presença de dentes destes animais cravados em esqueletos de outros seres fossilizados indicam que eles poderiam se alimentar de animais terrestres também. Além disso, o espinossaurídeos eram tão grandes quanto o Tiranossauro Rex e não sobreviveriam comendo apenas animais tão pequenos quanto peixes.
The Oxalaia quilombensis is a new kind of espinosaurid by paleontologists found during an expedition on the island of Cajual in Maranhão. It was the largest carnivorous dinosaur that lived on the Brazilian coast and was named by paleontologists Alexander WA Kellner, AK Sergio Azevedo, Elaine Machado, Luciana B. Deise R. Carvalho and D. Henriques in 2011.
The species is very similar to others already described in Africa. This can be explained if we think that in the earlier period of history, the continent was linked to South America, which led to the migration of animals from one region to another.
The espinosaurids - the family that owns the Oxalaia - and theropods were noted for having long, narrow snouts, armed with sharp teeth and a large claw on the front paws. These adaptations indicate that these animals could have great ability to "catch" fish. However, it is unlikely that the diet has been espinossaurídeos exclusively of fish. The presence of teeth of animals carved in fossilized skeletons of other beings indicate that they could feed on terrestrial animals as well. In addition, the espinossaurídeos were as big as Tyrannosaurus Rex and not survive eating only animals as small as fish.
Diabloceratops was built like a typical ceratopsian in that it had a large neck frill made of bone. It had a small horn on the nose, perhaps a second horn in front of that, and a pair of relatively small horns above the eyes. Upon the frill it also had a pair of very long spikes, like in Einiosaurus and Styracosaurus. It being one of the earliest centrosaurine ceratopsids, Kirkland noted a character Diabloceratops shared with the more "primitive" protoceratopsid forms. Both possess an accessory opening in the skull that would become much reduced or disappear in later, more advanced ceratopsids. Kirkland saw this as an indication that the earlier species were not together included in some single natural group but instead presented a gradual sequence of ever more derived forms, increasingly closer related to the Ceratopsidae.
Something pretty usual for Day 11, at least subject matter wise! Haven't done any this month yet though, so that's alright. Nothing too specific species-wise, I should maybe try doing some more proper studies of various species, could be fun - haven't really tried any properly feathered raptors yet, either. HMMMM...
Anyway! Enjoy. Sorry for no processes; I was saving regularly for this one but then my computer crashed just before I was finished so *poof*! I need a better method, perhaps...
A large predatory dinosaur, Cryolophosaurus ellioti, warms itself in the short south-polar autumn day. It is the most spectacular of several vertebrates discovered on the slopes of Mt. Kirkapatrick, Antarctica giving a clear indication of how lush and bountiful the now frozen continent was in the distant past. This theropod shared its Early Jurassic world with large herbivorous prosauropods, tritylodont mammal-like reptiles and smaller predatory dinosaurs.
Cryolophosaurus means “frozen-crested lizard”, in reference to its Antarctic discovery and the prominent bony crest atop its skull
c.70 million years ago, North Island, New Zealand.
An 8 m long Moanasaurus goes squid-hunting off the coast Cretaceous New Zealand. Moanasaurus mangahouangae was large mosasaur that may have reached lengths of up to 12 m. It is known from several specimens discovered at the Mangahouanga Stream site, a locale that has produced a wide range of marine vertebrate fossils as well as fragments of terrestrial dinosaurs. Mosasaurs like Moanasaurus were predatory marine squamates that sit phyletically between snakes and monitor lizards.
An much scrappier version of this painting appeared in John Long’s Dinosaurs of Australia and New Zealand (UNSW Press, 1998). With suggestions from Dan Varner, I produced this much improved rendition in 1999. It was originally meant to depict Rikisaurus tehoensis, a mosasaur known from a single well preserved skull. Since then, it has been determined that the Rikisaurus skull probably came from a subadult Moanasaurus mangahoungae.
c.95 million years ago, Ein Yabrub, Israel. Pachyrhachis problematicus is one of the oldest known snakes. It was a metre long seafaring reptile that, unlike its modern cousins, had small but fully formed hind-limbs, remnants of it's fully-limbed, terrestrial ancestry.
This image originally appeared in Nature Australia, Summer 2001-2002 (Australian Museum)