Monday, 18 August 2014

Excitement over a new Spinosaurus aegyptiacus mount.

Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous

National Geographic writes:" It was the largest predatory dinosaur, with spike-shaped teeth and a body over 50 feet long.“It” was Spinosaurus, and although it was a giant among dinosaurs, its fossils eluded scientists for decades. Now two dedicated paleontologists, Paul Sereno and National Geographic 2014 Emerging Explorer Nizar Ibrahim, are reconstructing a complete skeleton of this prehistoric giant that was bigger than T. rex.... "
The event (with the main attraction: presentation of the new mount) will be at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. in October 2014.

About 14 years ago. I wrote an article on Spinosaurus in the Japanese dinosaur  magazine.
Enigmatic Spinosaurus  Text & Illustration by Berislav Krzic

It is interesting that some of my  assumptions and conclusions regarding the strange anatomy of spinosaurids still stand. See some of my drawings below.

  Any interested enthusiast and professional should obtain the magazines, which are still available at the bargain price.

The premier dinosaur magazine from Japan! The Dino Press periodical series was published in 2000 - 2002. Contains information about dinosaurs, pterosaurs, marine reptiles, and a variety of extinct animals from past geologic time periods. Well-known paleontologists, illustrators, and sculptors from all over the world contributed to Dino Press with their latest and interesting reports, theories, paintings, photos, and other work relevant to the scope of the magazine.
Beautiful and in-depth. Written in Japanese, with an accompanying B/W transcript of the text in English (including caption and figure descriptions).

 My Spinosaurus aegyptiacus reconstruction from 2000-2001

 My Spinosaurus aegyptiacus back-sail reconstruction from 2000-2001 and Stromer's original Spinosaurus skeleton reconstruction from 1915 (below):

Above are my revisions of Baryonyx walkeri skull and skeleton from Charig and Milner  

 Charig, A.J. and Milner, A.C. (1997). "Baryonyx walkeri, a fish-eating dinosaur from the Wealden of Surrey." Bulletin of the Natural History Museum of London, 53: 11–70.


A few other images that have nothing to do with the above ones.

My classic, now a bit outdated, Phobosuchus/Deinosuchus croc restoration and and Allosaurus speculative embryo restoration (below)
My daughter pointing at the Cretaceous marine reptile Pontosaurus, exhibited at the CNHM in Zagreb (some 20 years ago!)

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