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Dinovember day 8 - Daspletosaurus by kingrexy Dinovember day 8 - Daspletosaurus by kingrexy
Name: Daspletosaurus
Individuals: lil' Das
  • Lil' das was a young daspletosaur individual from a family of four. One mother, two sisters, and das the youngest sibling of all. Compared to the rest of the family, he was an inquisitive and overconfident individual with a side order of clumsiness and continuous sidetracking. He lived his last days tracking down two maiasauras called Buck and Blaze, one of which was injured. Almost when the hunt was about to end, a major volcanic catastrophe occured causing him and his family to die by becoming engulfed and having every bit of flesh being incenerated off their bones by a pyroclastic flow.
  • Das's mother was the leader of the pack who was leading a hunt for an injured maiasaura individual that had escape her bone-crushing maw earlier. Unfortunately, the kill was postponed again and again by the continuous interference of lil' Das to the point where the entire family suffered by the eruption of a volcano.
  • Das's sisters were his elder siblings which took secondary roles in their hunt.
Diet: Carnivorous
Range: North America
Time Scale: Cretaceous Campanian
Description: Daspletosaurus (/dæsˌpliːtəˈsɔːrəs/ das-PLEET-o-SAWR-əs; meaning "frightful lizard") was a genus of tyrannosaurid dinosaur that lived in western North America between about 77 and 74 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous Period. The genus Daspletosaurus contains two species. Fossils of the earlier type species, D. torosus, have been found in Alberta, while fossils of the later second species, D. horneri, have been found only in Montana. A possible third species, also from Alberta, awaits formal identification. (Daspletosaurus sp.)

Daspletosaurus is closely related to the much larger and more recent tyrannosaurid Tyrannosaurus rex. Like most tyrannosaurids, Daspletosaurus was a multi-tonne bipedal predator equipped with dozens of large, sharp teeth. Daspletosaurus had the small forelimbs typical of tyrannosaurids, although they were proportionately longer than in other genera.

As an apex predator, Daspletosaurus was at the top of the food chain, probably preying on large dinosaurs like the ceratopsid Centrosaurus and the hadrosaur Hypacrosaurus. In some areas, Daspletosaurus coexisted with another tyrannosaurid, Gorgosaurus, though there is some evidence of niche differentiation between the two. While Daspletosaurus fossils are rarer than other tyrannosaurids', the available specimens allow some analysis of the biology of these animals, including social behavior, diet and life history.

Inaccuracies: This species shown in the episode was a D. torosus which was the only known daspleotsaur species at the time of the released of the documentary apart from D. horneri which at the time had been discovered but was not described until years later as a separate species. D. horneri came from the Two Medicine formation (as depicted in the episode) but instead we saw a torosus, however, this is not their fault.
The tarsal scutes might possibly be an inaccuracy as scutes (Pardon the fact that the pic says "arm" when it's actually feet) from a tyrannosaur specimen (nanotyrannus formerly) have been discovered that aren't like the scutes of the one from the documentary.
The younger individuals (Das and his sisters) are shown to be miniature versions of their adults with the exact same morphology, because back then we thought that the tyrannosaur juveniles that we had (nanotyranni formerly) were a distict genus, something that is not considered true anymore. The juveniles were sleeker and lanky in build and had different body proportions as compared to the adults.

Accuracies: I honestly don't have to say anything about how awesomely accurate and ahead of this time this daspletosaur was and still is. This series has me absolutely astonished by the fact that it was a million times ahead in terms of anatomical accuracy of literally every documentary we have today. In fact, it was so far beyond that its daspleotsauri even had lips! While yes, granted that they actually didn't cover the teeth entirely with only the tips slightly poking out, and that they were flexible like our lips rather than being bony solid, it still had REAL ACTUAL LIPS, on a tyrannosaurian?? How cool is that, and did that stop it from being not-cool? No, it abso-god-fricking-lutely did not! The daspletosaurs were epic, and to this day, remain my favorite representation of a large carnivorous multi-ton predator. This documentary has aged very well, actually and ironically, it has barely aged while our scientific research has.

If you wish to see this dinosaur in action, then click on this link.

This picture is meant as a gift to a dear friend of mine; :iconphiloceratops: who is like, one of the most nicest, most supportive and moral fella I've ever met on DA, and a damn good friend worthy of some serious respect. Clap For that, I decided to draw each and every scale rather than using some scales brush and spent a lotta time and effort into it for that. Cuz, if it's for a friend, then quality is a must. Unfortunately DA will probaby just hide the details cuz that's what it does unless you download it.
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Cefal27 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic, the details looks really good!
kingrexy Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Thank you man!
DinoRoy39 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The ending of this episode fucked me up when I was little...
tyyrson Featured By Owner 6 days ago
I wish to see more...

Especially pics from Jurassic Park and Dinosaur Planet.
IMemeEverything Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant
Looks great. Also which species of Daspletosaurus was in the documentary? D.horneri wasn't named at the time of its release but to my knowledge, D.torosus fossils haven't been found in Montana.
Philoceratops Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
He says it in the inaccuracies section of the description.
PerfectChaos22 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
How did Das have 2 older siblings?

Did his parents mate a 2nd time and Das was the only one that survived? 
kingrexy Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Digital Artist
I've literally always thought that.
Archanubis Featured By Owner Edited 6 days ago
It's entirely possible that the sisters are the nearly grown offspring of their mother that, as seen in some species of birds, hung around to help their mother take care of the next clutch, i.e. the one Lil' Das was born into, which would also give them the opportunity to learn how to raise their own.  It's also very probable that 'Lil Das, as well as his sisters, are the only survivors of their respective clutches, as infant mortality in the wild is famously atrocious. 

It's also entirely possible that the sisters are only related to Lil' Das through their mother; the series never mentions whether or not they have the same father (who isn't present, and narratively, really isn't important). 
Philoceratops Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Daww, that's really sweet of you, man. And don't worry, the quality is visible on dA, I can see every little scale and such...
kingrexy Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Anything for a friend :D
PekkaMemester Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
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