Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Pink Dinosaur #54

Pink Dilophosaurus by David Tana

09 - Dilophosaurus wetherilli - a theropod from the Early Jurassic (~193 mya) and one of the earliest large bodied carnivores.  Easily identified by the two parallel crests running down the ventral surface of the skull, this dinosaur was made famous in the 1993 film, Jurassic Park, in which it is depicted as having a frill (like those seen on Chlamydosaurus), despite lack of fossil evidence for such a feature.  Skeletal reference for skull from specimen on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.  Pen, color pencil, and highlighter on paper.

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Zach said...

The ventral surface of the skull? I think you mean the dorsal surface! They'd look pretty funny on the ventral surface. :-D

David Tana said...


you sir, are absolutely correct! I blame my glaring inaccuracy on pre-SVP running around and trying to get things done. Thanks for catching it.

Albertonykus said...

Think that frill-necked lizard can scare off Dilo with its display?

Better run up a tree, lizard!