Artist RJ Palmer has never seen a Pokemon in real life, but that didn’t keep him from creating a fantastic gallery of realistic Ivysaurs and Charizards. He’s never seen a Tyrannosaurus rex, but he knew it may have had feathers, and he made it so.
Now, with the discovery of the biggest, baddest carnivorous dinosaur to ever swim the Earth, Palmer has created another awesome depiction of a reptilian:
According to the recent findings, Spinosaurus was an aquatic dinosaur with a crocodilian head, an enormous sail, and (possibly) webbed feet. It was 10 feet (3 meters) longer than any T. rex, and was likely the supreme scourge of ancient African rivers.
Drawing an artistic representation of a new dinosaur for scale is one thing, but having a talented, professional artist like Palmer give real color, weight, and texture to these creatures really brings them back to life (as much as a drawing can). And Palmer didn’t stop with Spinosaurus, check out his T. rex and Chaetonychus:
Besides making the Jurassic Park music instantly play in my head, these pictures really bring me back to the books and CD-ROMs (gasp) that got me interested in dinosaurs in the first place. I guess I’ll have to settle for birds while I wait for Palmer’s next digital dino.
Check out more of Palmer’s work at his deviantART page here.
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