Monday, May 6, 2013

Dino Week - Styracosaurus

Well, I think it's about time again to celebrate those prehistoric reptiloids, the great artistic inspirers, Dinosaurs! So during dino-week, I'll post a new sketch and some cool factoids and articles. I hope you dig it. It's great to be back in the studio drawing dinos again.
Today: Styracosaurus
Styracosaurus, named after the spiky butt-end of a spear, was a large herbivorous ceratopsian that lived roughly 76 million years ago. Similar to other members of the ceratopsian infraorder, Styrac had a beaked skull with a large crest arching over its vulnerable neck. Styrac was distinctly recognizable by its set of 4 to 6 two foot long horns. The purpose of the horns and the frill-like skull shape is still debated among paleontologists.
The first Styrac was discovered in Alberta, Canada, in 1913 (though most of the remains were not excavated until much later in 1935). The original discovery was made by Lawrence Lambe who gave the new species the name Styracosaurus albertensis lambe. Popularity of this discovery led it to be used in a number of films such as The Son of Kong (1933) and Ray Harryhausen stated that it was among his childhood favorites, leading to its inclusion in his film The Valley of Gwangi (1969).

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