I’ve seen this chart floating around on my dash, and it occurred to me that I never posted the original version. So here is my and Jon's Dinosaur Classification Chart, in a hopefully Tumblr-palatable format.
Click here to see the moderately large version at DA.
This is a much simpler examination of dinosaur relationships than most of my watchers would probably find useful. Most of you will know that theropods are broken up into tetanurans and ceratosaurs, and that birds are nested within coelurosaurs, and that there are many internal divisions within sauropods and ornithiscians as well. But this chart is intended to be more of a quick, concise reference for laypeople, teachers, children, or whoever might have a passing interest in dinosaurs. My hope is that anyone who wants to quickly figure out what major group any given dinosaur falls into can glance at this chart and know immediately.
This was a collaboration between myself and Jon - I did the illustrations, and he did all of the layout and text. To see this chart in full resolution, please consider buying a poster in my Zazzle shop.
I actually have this on my wall. Found it at a goodwill
I… I want a pet Styracosaurus ;_;
art by James Gurney (author/illustrator of Dinotopia)
Triceratops, Kaiyodo Co. Ceratopsian Series 2013.
Styracosaurus, Kaiyodo, Dinotales series 3, #055.
Kosmoceratops, Kaiyodo 2013, one of the new five-part “Ceratopsian” series.
The Helmet Of A Titan: Ankylosaur Skull
Recently I hung out with my pals, Brian Iwama & Kevin Seymour from Palaeontology, who were hard at work reinstalling our Ankylosaurus skull back into its case. Occasionally our palaeontology staff will remove specimens from display to take quality photographs to keep their files up to date and for use by colleagues outside of the Museum.
Hanging out with this behemoth was a fascinating experience. The skull is ridiculously heavy as it still houses much of the rock bed it was buried in, within its skull. Ankylosaurus was covered in dermal scutes (essentially armour like bones), which not only added to its heft, but also made it the tank of its time. The scutes are incredibly rough. If you’re not carefully you could easily scratch your skin against the surface.
What I found most amazing was the teeth. Ankylosaurus was a huge beast, whose armour and strong, clubbed tail provided it with weapons to wield against predators. But Ankylosaurus was also a peaceful giant that seemingly preferred to eat alone. What is startling is just how small and few teeth they had. Think of a child’s molar, an Ankylosaurus’ teeth were smaller. Further these teeth wore down fast from the tough low lying vegetation it ate. Many Ankylosaurus had few to little teeth left at the end of their life. But this specimen has a nearly full compliment!
It was great getting an opportunity to hang out with Brian and Kevin while they reinstalled the Ankylosaurus skull into the Dinosaur Gallery!
Written by @kironcmukherjee. Last update: February 10, 2014.
The next of my limited palette dinosaurs, here’s a Xenoceratops! I had a hard time deciding on the colors and pattern for this one, but I hope people like it.
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Anyone else read about this awesome discovery?! A 75-80% complete skull of an adult Pachyrhinosaurus was discovered up in Alberta’s Badlands, and having such mature specimen to study will help fill in the gaps about these animals.
You can read more about it here.