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Prehistoric Pencils 16

July 24, 2014

plateo_lo

Today’s Prehistoric Beast is the Plateosaurus which was a bipedal herbivorous prosauropod or what some call a sauropodomorph that lived during the late Triassic Period. This animal ranged between 16 and 30 feet in length, a modest size considering that it was to spawn a lineage that led to later sauropods which were some of the largest terrestrial animals to ever walk the earth.

Prehistoric Pencils 15

July 23, 2014
Pachycephalosaurus

Pachycephalosaurus

Today’s Prehistoric Beast is the Pachycephalosaurus, a bipedal, and potentially omnivorous, Dinosaur that existed during the final stage of the Cretaceous period. This animal is distinctive for its thick boney skull that was originally speculated to be used for ramming displays.

Prehistoric Pencils 14

July 23, 2014
Coelophysis

Coelophysis

Today’s Prehistoric Beast is the Coelophysis, which no matter how hard I try I always spell incorrectly. Thanks google for bailing me out of a guaranteed spelling jam. Anyway, back to task, the Coelophysis was a small carnivorous lightly built primitive theropod Dinosaur that lived in the late Triassic period. Some of the earliest and well preserved fossils of this animal were originally interpreted as it having cannibalistic tendencies but this has come into question in recent years. True or not it still gives off a strong personality characteristic that is hard to live down.

Prehistoric Pencils 13

July 21, 2014
Tanystropheus

Tanystropheus

The Preshitoric Beast for today is the Tanystropheus, a semi-aquatic pescatarian reptile from the Triassic period. Half of its 20 ft. length was comprised of neck which¬†it used in conjunction with it’s strong hind limb muscles¬† to snag fish from the coastline shallows

Prehistoric Pencils 12

July 20, 2014

 

Ulemosaurus

Ulemosaurus

Today’s Prehistoric Beast is the Ulemosaurus, an omnivorous dinocephalian synapsid that lived during the middle Permian period. I specifically don’t explain some of the terms I use to describe these creatures to encourage everyone at home to hit up that search engine and get those answers, they are right at your fingertips haha.

Prehistoric Pencils 11

July 18, 2014
Ankylosaurus

Ankylosaurus

Ceratogaulus

Ceratogaulus

Since I didn’t get around to post anything yesterday I decided to post 2 Prehistoric Creatures today for all of you die-hards following along at home. The first is a requested fan favorite, the Ankylosaurus. This dinosaur was a stocky quadrupedal herbivore of the Cretaceous era known for its armor plated hide and large fearsome boney clubbed tail. The second prehistoric creature is the Ceratogaulus known as the Horned Gopher of the Miocene. This innocuous burrowing creature lived a lifestyle very similar to the gophers or groundhogs of today aside from the pronounced protuberance of 2 large sharp horns on its snout, the only rodent ever to evolve this strange feature.

Prehistoric Pencils 10

July 16, 2014
Colossochelys Atlas

Colossochelys Atlas

This PREHISTORIC BEAST is the Colossochelys Atlas, an extinct herbivorous giant cryptodira tortoise that would have resembled the Galapagos Giant Tortoise of today only more than double it’s size. This slow moving land reptile’s large shell would have made tough work for the formidable predators of the Pliocene.

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