The toddler was just 3 years old and 5 feet (1.5 meters) long when it wandered into a river near Alberta, Canada, and drowned about 70 million years ago. The beast was so well-preserved that some of its skin left impressions in the nearby rock.
This week I was off to the James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs. These are definitely my favourite galleries, no question. Drawing dinosaur bones is tricky, but it’s so much fun to spend that time imagining the creatures that must have belonged to the bones! Who needs dragons when you have dinosaurs?
I chose to draw the skulls of a Corythosaurus and an Acrotholus. The Corythosaurus, like many hadrosaurs, had a beautiful crest, and you can see many examples of these crests at the museum (Corythosaurus, Parasaurolophus, and Lambeosaurus, as well as some crest-less relatives). Acrotholus has a pretty amazing skull, too, only instead of a crest it had a super thick, bony head. Awesome!
Which dinosaur is your favourite? Does your favourite dinosaur have special teeth, claws, crests, spikes, horns or plates?
Liz Butler is an artist and teacher who loves natural history and museums. She loves drawing, painting, and making crafts of all kinds. She is happiest when she can find ways to combine art projects with science content.