The fearsome Utahraptor, first found in Utah in case you didn’t know, resembles a large feathered Velocirpator, only much bigger. Roaming the Earth during the Early Cretaceous period around 125 million years ago, the Utahraptor could grow up to twenty-three feet long and six feet tall at the hip. It is believed this carnivore is one of the dinosaurs related, after much downsizing, to today’s birds. From an exhibit at the Brevard Zoo.
The Diabloceratops is a large herbivore dinosaur with an exquisitely detailed head shield and horns seen here on display at the Brevard Zoo. Note the newly hatched young runs running around the nest under their mother’s watchful eye. Found in Utah, this dinosaur lived during the Cretaceous period in a much wetter, more forested environment than exists in Utah today.
I know this image was taken a long time ago. I recognize the prehistoric life as being a Stegosaurus, a Dimetrodon, and a Triceratops but the image has not been around as long as the large reptiles pictured. The image is from my darkroom days so it was a while ago. Further proof is the old school design of the monitor, which is inset horizontally in a table and covered with glass, if that fact is not so apparent in […]
Here begins the third and final post wandering McKee Botanical Garden to see the dinosaur exhibit. More waterlilies in a shadowy spot along the trail. Our first look at the Bambiraptor. The raptor part is obvious for this carnivore. The Bambi part is a bit of a tale. The family that discovered the fossilized remains loved the Disney film so they gave the name “Bambi” to their discovery. An odd choice given the Bambiraptor probably lacked the true Bambi’s gentle […]
Categories: Dog's Tail • Tags: Allosaurus, Anole, Bambiraptor, Black Racer, carnivore, Cuban Anole, Dimetrodon, dinosaur, Florida, fossil, Guy Darrough, herbivore, Hurricane David, McKee Botanical Garden, paleontology, Royal Palm Grove, Sleeping Tree, Toog Tree, Vero Beach, waterlilies
Picking up where we left off in the previous post, the trek through McKee Botanical Garden to see the dinosaurs continues. The imposing Daspletosaur (Frightful Lizard) lives up to its name. As a crafty carnivore this truly frightful lizard would most likely hide in the bushes to pounce on unsuspecting Garden-folk who paused to relax on the bench along the trail. Now that is something I would have liked to have seen. People travel far and wide to come to […]
Categories: Dog's Tail • Tags: carnivore, Citipati, Daspletosaur, dinosaur, Dragonfly, Florida, fossil, Guy Darrough, Hall of Giants, herbivore, Heterodontosaurus, Hypsibema Missouriense, McKee Botanical Garden, obelisking, paleontology, Placerias, Quetzalcoatlus, Sordes, Vero Beach, waterlilies
McKee Botanical Garden in Vero Beach, Florida, hosted an exhibit of dinosaur recreations called Roar of the Dinosaur by the very talented artist Guy Darrough. As a fan of all things paleontological, having this exhibit in the backyard, so to speak, was not to be missed. So in the best procrastinating fashion it was almost on the last day of the four-month long exhibit that the journey was made to see these reptilian relics one hot afternoon. Cofounded in 1932 […]
Categories: Dog's Tail • Tags: carnivore, Compies, Compsognathus, dinosaur, Florida, fossil, Guy Darrough, Hall of Giants, herbivore, Jurassic Park, McKee Botanical Garden, paleontology, Parasaurolophus, Spanish Kitchen, Syntarsus, Velociraptor, Vero Beach, Waldo Sexton, waterlilies
Sights seen and imagined during a visit to the Orlando Science Center to view the creepily fantastic Mummies of the World – photography not allowed – exhibit. Quote of the day from a little boy viewing the dead, “I don’t want to be a mummy. I don’t want people looking at me.” Fighter plane alongside 408 near the Orlando Executive Airport. The Orlando Science Center (OSC) loomed large in our imaginations as we approached the city. Rich confections of science […]
Categories: Eccentricities • Tags: bird, dinosaur, evolution, Florida, Mali Uromastyx, Mummies of the World, mummy, Orlando, Orlando Executive Airport, Orlando Science Center, OSC, paleontology, T. rex, Tyrannosaurus rex, Uromastyx malienis