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Dinosaurs Like T. Rex Were More Tyrannical Than We Realized

Dinosaurs Like T. Rex Were More Tyrannical Than We Realized

T. rex fossil. Image: UNM Biology Department

Large meat-eating dinosaurs took on the role of multiple species while growing up, resulting in a shocking lack of ecological diversity during the Mesozoic, according to new research.
Megatheropods—gigantic two-legged carnivores like Tyrannosaurus, Allosaurus, and Daspletosaurus—didn’t instantly dominate the ecological space belonging to monstrously…

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Ptalon, Pteroshell, and Azhdosoar

These pokemon looked different in nature than their lab-revived counterparts, with an entirely different third stage

They can fire white-hot flames from the orafices in their armour, and unlike any other members of their family, Azhdosaur can fly.

Fire; Fire; Fire/Flying

Triassic-Cretaceous

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This is a head portrait of Torosaurus latus, a large ceratopsian dinosaur from North America during the Late Cretaceous Period, approximately 68 to 66 million years ago. Although a close cousin and contemporary of the iconic Triceratops, Torosaurus stood apart from the latter by having a longer skull with a pair of openings (or fenestrae) in its neck frill. A few paleontologists have speculated that Torosaurus may actually represent a mature form of Triceratops, although this has not become the consensus position as far as I know.

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The Sun is setting. Insects hiss, unfamiliar birds whistle and warble, and stranger things clack their angry beaks in eerie canticle. Far away comes thunder, a haunting song from leviathans like walking mountains, behemoth and graceful. They bask in the evening glow. I walk. Step. Step. Step. My talons leave marks in the wet, softly gripping muck. Step. Step. Step.


The water whispers. Babbling and gentle. Summer air turned sickly sweet with the scent of far away volcanic ash— mountains are being born, hot with slag, magma pouring down a thousand rocky facades. A distant catastrophe. My footsteps are wet on pebbles and silt, claws sinking slightly at each step. Step. Step. Step— pause. Wait. Sounds upriver. Splashing water, the heave of heavy and muscular forms, honking notes— opportunity. My footsteps quicken.


My belly is full. Overextended. I rest in the shade as the noon Sun rides up into the sky, a blue expanse haloed by unflinching light. It warms my feathers, graces my scales. I doze near the carcass. Flies swarm in countless, singing droves, and they pick at my teeth, cling near my flaring nostrils and slitted eyes. I smell mammal scent— tiny, fragile. Hear minuscule hearts racing in pumping terror as they scuttle around my bulk. Beat. Beat. Beat.


This muck— it smells foul. Ash is failing like black, blanketing snow. It turns the world into a bizarre, dreamlike place, coats everything in suffocating bleakness. Like night coming down from the horizon in razor-sharp fragments. My breath comes in heavy, exhaustive fits. In— stutter— out. In— stutter—out. My stomach growls, furious, empty. Fire burns, close, a screaming and pulsing wall of incineration, alive with a thousand, thousand lapping tongues that turn everything into crisp death. Have to keep moving.


The volcanoes are far away now. At night, just barely on the horizon, they blister bloody and unsettling in the distance. Ash does not fall from the sky. This place smells of frost, and stone. Rocky hills rise up into the sky, stark, banded in the colors of deep time. Whiteness caps the highest, furthest peaks. Curiosity glimmers in my mind like something shiny. Interesting.

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Azhdosoar

The Ptalon and Pteroshell of the Mesozoic Era didn’t evolve into Pterricade like their lab-revived counterparts, but into the mighty Azhdosoar!

Its internal fire burns hotter Pterricade, and unlike its man-made descendant, Azhdosoar can fly- it uses the jets inside its wings to lift itself into the air, in spite of its tremendous weight.

Fire/Flying

Triassic-Cretaceous

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Pteroshell

This pokemon can fit the armour on its head, limbs, and tail together and fold up into a ball. For extra defense, it then spews fire from the flame vents all over its body, which in their natural form, are white hot.

The natural form of this pokemon has hard enamel shells, rather than rock. It evolves from Ptalon.

Fire/Rock

Triassic-Cretaceous

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Alioramus squabble

Alioramus playfully squabbling over food. I based the two Alioramus on Path of Titan’s playable dinosaur.

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Ptalon, Pteroshell, and Pterricade

Each member of this pokemon family has a constant internal fire which erupts form caldera-like orafices in their rocky armour.

Scientists strongly suspect that the process of fossil-revival has altered these pokemon’s forms from their natural state during the Mesozoic Era, but you’d need a time machine to go back and get a live specimen, so I gues we’ll never know…

Fire/Rock

Triassic-Cretaceous

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It’s a foggy morning in the Late Cretaceous Period, and this Tyrannosaurus rex is smelling the air in search of a nice big, meaty breakfast. You know what they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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Ptalon

It’s enamel shells are too large for it to fly, so its wings evolved into claws.
This pokemon’s fire-spewing calderas are white hot, much hotter than its fossil-revived counterpart. Back in the mesozoic era, it was pure fire-type.

Fire

Triassic-Cretaceous

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Mammites Ammonite

Late Cretaceous

I had the great opportunity to work on this image for the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History at the College of Charleston, SC, with guidance from paleontologist Dr. Scott Persons.

You can watch a virtual tour of the Museum’s exhibits at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNZ9NcUeXAA&list=PL4-bAC0oaWu445vvKgvIqIxP8OCndikoV

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Tyrannosaurus

Late Cretaceous, North America

I had the great opportunity to work on this image for the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History at the College of Charleston, SC, with guidance from paleontologist Dr. Scott Persons.

You can watch a virtual tour of the Museum’s exhibits at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNZ9NcUeXAA&list=PL4-bAC0oaWu445vvKgvIqIxP8OCndikoV

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Deinocheirus thank-you card done in 2018.

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Pteroshell

This pokemon can fit the armour on its head, limbs, and tail together and fold up into a ball. For extra defense, it then spews fire from the flame vents all over its body.

It is believed this pokemon’s rock type is a result of the fossil revival process. It evolves from Ptalon.

Fire/Rock

Triassic-Cretaceous

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Ptalon

It seems like it should be able to fly, but the hard, rocky armour on its body is too heavy. Eventually, there was no point in having wings at all. It can shoot fire from the little calderas on its armour.

It’s believed that the rock type is a result of the fossil revival process. How it would have been different in nature is anybody’s guess.

Fire/Rock

Triassic-Cretaceous

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Velociraptor and Protoceratops are here from the Cretaceous Gobi Desert. Our new premium face mask features a pattern of the dinosaurs with adjustable ear loops, a nose clamp and a pocket for a filter.

sulc.us/gobi

Design by Greco Westermann

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