One of the new breed of paleo-artists who are equally at home in the worlds of academia and illustration, Emily Willoughby graduated college with a degree in biology in 2012, and has quickly become one of the world most sought-after dinosaur portraitists. Here's a gallery of Emily's 10 most impressive paleo-illustrations.
There has been a popular meme making the rounds on the Web: "If oil is made from decomposed dinosaurs, and plastic is made from oil, are plastic dinosaurs made from real dinosaurs?" Short answer: No, they aren't. Here's everything you need to know about oil and dinosaurs, and what they do (and don't) have to do with one another.
The young Brazilian illustrator Julio Lacerda has a unique approach to paleo-art: he favors intimate, uncannily lifelike depictions of smallish dinosaurs (mostly raptors and feathered "dino-birds"), caught at revealing angles. In this gallery, Julio shares his 10 favorite illustrations.
Archaeopteryx is often described as the first bird, but the truth is considerably more complex than that. The question is, was this late Jurassic creature closer to being a bird than it was to being a dinosaur, and what does this tell us about the evolutionary link between dinosaurs and birds?
Illustration of Archaeopteryx: Emily Willoughby
H. Kyoht Luterman has one of the most distinctive styles of any paleo-artist on the Web: her illustrations of dinosaurs and prehistoric animals have a cartoony, and even cuddly, feel that belie their utter authenticity. Here's a selection of Luterman's 10 most impressive illustrations.
Paleontologists and amateurs alike have a long history of overestimating the weight of dinosaurs, meaning those 100-ton sauropods and 10-ton theropods may have tipped the scales at significantly less than was once thought. Here's a look at how experts determine a given dinosaur's weight.
Illustration of Pelorosaurus: Getty Images
One of the world's most prolific paleo-artists, Dmitry Bogdanov is known for his depictions of the more obscure animals of the Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic eras, including amphibians, archosaurs, pelycosaurs, and just about anything possessing a backbone and four legs. In this gallery, Dmitry shares his 10 favorite illustrations.
Illustration of Syndyodosuchus: Dmitry Bogdanov
Who do you think would win a one-on-one battle between a full-grown T. Rex and a comparably full-grown Triceratops? Well, we've already picked our champion, but not all readers agree. Here are a handful of arguments in favor of Tyrannosaurus Rex, and some equally well-reasoned analyses for why Triceratops would come out on top.
Illustration of T. Rex and Triceratops: Keiji Terakoshi
One of the world's up-and-coming paleo artists, Sergey Krasovskiy specializes in panoramic depictions of dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and other prehistoric creatures in their natural habitats. In this exclusive picture gallery, Sergey shares his 10 favorite illustrations, including reconstructions of Giraffatitan, Tapejara and Jeholornis.
Illustration of Irritator: Sergey Krasovskiy
There's been a lot of buzz building about Walking with Dinosaurs - The 3D Movie, as dinosaur fans ready for their late-December fix of rampaging tyrannosaurs, pterosaurs and ankylosaurs. Now, 20th Century Fox has posted a YouTube video in which one of the movie's CGI artists demonstrates how to draw Patchi, the baby Pachyrhinosaurus; you can also check out some impressive clips from the much-anticipated film, including a ceratopsian herd numbering in the hundreds. Have fun!