Here’s Leptoceratops gracilis, which really isn’t very gracile and is actually rather thickset and ugly in comparison to other ceratopsians. I mean look at it.
Cool thing about Leptoceratops, though, is that they were some of the last (non-avian) dinosaurs, living alongside all the old favourites like Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus, and Ankylosaurus. For a small ceratopsian with such a ‘primitive’ body plan, that’s rather unusual.
Still ugly though.
One of the earliest known dinosaurs, Herrerasaurus lived during the Late Triassic (~231 mya) in what is now Argentina, South America. It was a fairly lightly-built bipedal carnivore, with the largest specimens reaching sizes of just over 5m long (16′4″).
The exact classification of herrerasaurids is still somewhat unclear, with different analyses putting them in different positions on the early dinosaurian family tree. They’re generally considered to at least be closely related to basal theropods – but a recent analysis that reshuffles dinosaur relationships suggests their resemblance to the theropods might be a result of convergent evolution, with them being the sister group to sauropods instead.
Not sure if i ever posted this, but i found him again and i doubt i’ll have time to finish him.
Alolan exeggutor! The basic thought behind him was that the main body was an adult and the extra ‘heads’ were actually the young exeggcute before they drop off to form a cluster of their own. the ones around the main head are known to bicker with the parent body, whereas the tail dwelling ones are quite content and friendly. Basically a living dinosaur too, with the leaves being akin to camouflage feathers as they feed on things in the canopy of Alola.
They then drop off and begin their life as a cluster, their skin going pink before they go off to reach maturity.
587: Raptor (Jurassic Park)
Your camo can’t save you from Lawyers!
This concludes book monster week my lovelies! As always, feel free to suggest another themed week for the future! <3
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Difference Between Book & Movie. The movie is a MUST though.
Daily Monster 309: Arica Monster
Region of origin: Atacama Desert, Chile
Sighted by motorists on the roads of the deserts of northern Chile, witnesses have described encountering a large, bipedal creature crossing the road and approaching their vehicles. In the early Eighties, it was described as kangaroo-like, then in the Nineties it was said to more conclusively resemble the velociraptors from Jurassic Park, leading cryptozoologists to surmise it may be a surviving dromaeosaur of some kind. However, like the chupacabra turning from a winged reptilian figure to a canid beast as new information was absorbed into the folklore, as our understanding of the dinosaurs themselves changed so too did the Arica monster: those intent on preserving the idea of an extant dinosaur changing their depictions to include feathers and bird-like features while others maintain the earlier accounts of a more distinctly reptilian creature.