Todays’s Prehistoric Beast is the marine invertebrate Kosmoceras, an extinct ammonite from the Middle Jurassic period. There are over a 100 known species all of which exhibit slight variations in size and shell design. Although the entire line of ammonites are now extinct, they are related to the Nautilus, Octopus, and Squids of today. The shell of this one reminds me of a French Cruller donut, and you can’t go wrong there.
Today’s Prehistoric Beast is the Dinosaur Allosaurus, which was a large apex predator from the Late Jurassic period that averaged about 25 ft in length. There is potential evidence that Allosaurus may have exhibited social behavior and hunted in packs to bring down the larger prey of the time. Originally I was going to have the mouth closed but ended up doing a redraw with an open mouth and larger nasal ridge along a few other alterations for the final pencil piece that will be inked for the book.
Despite the sensational sounding B-rate monster movie quality of it’s name, today’s Prehistoric Beast, the Titanoboa was an actual reptile that lived 60 million years ago during the Paleocene epoch. This titanic beast would have led a lifestyle much like that of it’s living counterparts today aside from it’s estimated size; a length of almost 50 feet, and a weight of roughly 2500 pounds.
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 its lineage would give rise to later sauropods which were some of the largest terrestrial animals to ever walk the earth.
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.
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.
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