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Amazingly Vivid Dino Illustrations Reveal a Brutal Prehistoric World

(Source: wired.com)

One of 14 images appearing as backlit panels (about 4 feet tall) in the Hall of Paleontology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, this image depicts the probably rare but plausible encounter between the giant shark Carcharocles (jaw diameter estimated at 11 feet) and a medium-sized proboscidean, Platybelodon.

A Cretaceous Nigerian scene depicting a young (and speculatively feathered) abelisaurid called Kryptops disturbed from its drinking by the commotion caused by a Suchomimus plucking a young Sarcosuchus from its river habitat.

This image endeavors to restore some of the events leading to the creation of a large block of highly fossiliferous sandstone (containing Utahraptor over a range of ontogenetic stages and Hippodraco) from the Cretaceous in what is now Utah.

One of two marketing images created for Gondwana Studios’ traveling exhibit, “Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs.” This image shows a lone Dimetrodon ready to begin sunning itself on an early Permian morning.

On a beach in Laramidia during the Cretaceous, in what is now Utah, a pair of Lythronax argestes moves in to investigate the stranded carcass of a large Squalicoraxshark, which is already being picked at by a pair of enantiornithine birds.

One of eleven murals created for Gondwana Studios’ travelling exhibit, “Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs”. This image features the bizarre sight of Meganeuropsis carrying Hylonomus, and Eryops leaping after them.

This piece — commissioned to be sold as prints for fund-raising for the building of Canada’s newest paleontological museum, the Phillip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum — depicts the extremely long-necked plesiosaur, Albertonectes, hunting fish in the Bearpaw Sea.

Created for Gondwana Studios’ travelling exhibit, “Permian Monsters,” this image features a group of the synapsid Dicynodon warily eying the early archosaur Archosaurus as it snaps up a breaching Saurichthys, while a Chroniosuchus hangs out in the stream shallows.

An illustration of the first published specimen of the troodontid Mei long, a name which in Chinese means “sleeping dragon.” In this reconstruction, I wished to illustrate the concept of cryptic coloration, referring to the color patterns of an animal closely matching those of its surrounding, and which is employed by modern animals to hide from predators or prey.

This scene shows the newly described dome-headed dinosaur, Acrotholus, exiting a stand of giant Gunnera leaves and coming across a Neurankylus turtle soaking in a footprint of a hadrosaur that had passed by earlier.

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