Odds and Sods… more extras for Anusuya Chinsamy’s Fossils For Africa.

TendaguruBHaving fun with old artwork includes also  modifying existing pieces that  I never found completely satisfactory the first time around. This Tendaguru composition pretended to simply pleasantly illustrate all the famous well known animals from that famous Tanzanian formation. I have always found  Elaphrosaurus rather puzzling… when I saw its skeleton at the Humboldt Museum in Berlin it looked odd and the skull was obviously too reconstructed to be  sure how would it have really looked: very long neck and body and almost ridiculous small arms for a mid sized Theropod.  A long time agoi it wqas considered an ornithomimosaur, it’s currently classified as a ceratosaurian but its possible relation to abelisaurs seems also justified.  In the picture it could be chasing either the ornithopod Dryosaurus (hypothetically quilled in the picture) or, obviously,  the baby Brachiosaurus sheltered under the monstrous frame of its mother… Obviously the scene wouldn’t be complete without the armoured Kentrosaurus that, together with the rest of the animals, looks tiny in an scenario dominated by Brachiosaurus. In many senses this is just a tribute to  the great experience that is the Humboldt Museum… an extraordinary dinosaur hall that doesn’t appear too big compared with many others around the world, but, the ensemble is so impressive and so well put together that you can spend hours just sitting by the feet of Brachiosaurus, Diplodocus and Dicraeosaurus and in awe of the contrast in sizes and shapes! The pterosaurs in this scenario are Dsungaripterus… but it’s location here is purely hypothetical.

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About luisvrey

Paleo Illustration
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2 Responses to Odds and Sods… more extras for Anusuya Chinsamy’s Fossils For Africa.

  1. psittacosaurus5090 says:

    African dinosaurs are very interesting. Love ur art, Luis. 🙂

  2. Dinosaur Guy says:

    No feathers on the Elaphrosaurus?

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