Great Paleoart by Julius Csotonyi and Robert Nicholls.

hero_shotThe works of Julius Csotonyi and Robert Nicholls feature in the book Dinosaur Art: The World’s Greatest Paleoart, images from which are found in the attached gallery.
Julius T. Csotonyi is a freelance natural history illustrator and palaeoartist based in Canada.
He has worked with many major museums and book publishers, including the National Geographic Society and the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology.
His work encompasses dinosaurs and other prehistoric life, as well as living animals,


Robert Nicholls is a UK-based artist who produces unique and exciting palaeontological and archaeological artworks.
His illustrations, murals and 3D models are exhibited in many universities, museums, theme parks and attractions worldwide and appear in numerous books and journals.
Read on via Q&A: The world’s greatest palaeoart – Australian Geographic.

Heavily Armoured Dinosaur had Ginger camouflage to deter predators.

An illustration of Borealopelta markmitchelli.
The study suggests that it displayed a camouflage effect known as counter-shading. Illustration: Julius Csotonyi/Courtesy of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology.
It was built like a tank, covered in armour, and weighed about the same as a caravan – but this beefy dinosaur was still at risk of being gobbled up by predators, scientists have discovered.
Thought to have lived about 110m years ago, the giant herbivore is believed to be a type of heavily armoured dinosaur known as a nodosaur and would have reached up to 5.5 metres in length.
On show at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology in Alberta, Canada, its fossilised remains have stunned researchers, who have hailed it as the best-preserved armoured dinosaur in the world.
Not only are its bones preserved, but the fossil also boasts the creature’s armour, stomach contents and even a thin film of organic material, thought to be remains of pigments from the skin and horns.
Source: Heavily armoured dinosaur had ginger camouflage to deter predators – study | Science | The Guardian

Laelaps by Paleoartist Charles R. Knight, 1897.

Laelaps by Charles R Knight, 1897
Knight was one of the foremost American paleoartists, and Laelaps was profoundly influential for its remarkably credible depiction of anatomy and movement.
Note: Some believe that these predators represent the savagely competitive palaeontologists Othniel C Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope, both of whom would blow up dig sites with dynamite to obstruct the other’s discoveries.
Source: Paleoart: the strange history of dinosaurs in art – in pictures | Books | The Guardian

The Punkosaur, small and Bristly, South Africa.

This stylish dinosaur predated the punk movement by 200 million years. Pegomastax africanus had sharp bristles and stabbing, self-sharpening fangs.
Its remains were chipped out of red rock from South Africa.
The 2-foot-long dino weighed less than a modern house cat in the flesh. But Paul Sereno, a paleontologist and professor at the University of Chicago, believes it was a plucky survivor.
“I think the bristles would have made it look at least a little bigger than it was — perhaps they could poke out more strongly when excited,” he said.
via 10 Unbelievable Dinos That Really Existed : Discovery News.

Stegosaurus, Natural History Museum, London.


The image is one of a series by palaeoartist Robert Nicholls, commissioned by the Museum and based on its latest star exhibit, the most complete Stegosaurus skeleton ever found.
The fossil remains were discovered in the rocks of the Morrison Formation, a geological deposit in the United States of America.
The dinosaur lived during the Late Jurassic, approximately 150 million years ago.
Most of the body is preserved, including the back plates and tail spines, which scientists think were used to lash out at predators.
via Stegosaurus strikes out | Natural History Museum.

The ‘Chicken from hell’ Dinosaur, United States.


The fossilised remains of a bizarre, bird-like dinosaur, nicknamed the “chicken from hell” by scientists, have been unearthed in the United States.
The 66-million-year-old feathered beast would have resembled a beefed-up emu with a long neck, a metre-long tail and a tall crest on its head. At the end of its forelimbs were long, sharp claws.
The creature stood 1.5 metres high at the hip and reached more than three metres from beak to tail. Researchers believe it lived on ancient floodplains and fed on plants, small animals and possibly eggs. An adult weighed up to 300kg.
Researchers dug the remains from mudstone in the Hell Creek formation in North and South Dakota, where fossil hunters have previously excavated bones from Tyrannosaurus rex and triceratops.
Over the past decade they have recovered three partial s
keletons of the animal but until now had not recognised it as a new genus and species of a mysterious family of dinosaurs called Caenagnathidae. The fossils are being kept at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh.
Scientists working on the remains coined the “chicken from hell” monicker, which later influenced their choice of its more formal name, Anzu wyliei. Anzu is the name of a giant bird-like demon from ancient mythology. Wyliei comes from Wylie J Tuttle, the son of a donor who helps to fund research at the museum.
The animal belongs to a group called the oviraptorosaurs, which are mostly known from fossils found in central and east Asia but the remains provide the first detailed picture of the North American oviraptorosaurs.
via Dinosaur dubbed ‘chicken from hell’ was armed and dangerous | Science | The Guardian.