Super Cool Dinosaur Illustrations

This artist’s impression released by University College Dublin, courtesy of Robert Nicholls shows Zhuchengtyrannus magnus. Scientists have identified a new species of gigantic theropod dinosaur, a close relative of T. rex, from fossil skull and jaw bones discovered in China. ROBERT NICHOLLS/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom. Find it at Newscom: afplivethree829585.

Seven years old was about the age I started my love affair with dinosaurs. To say that I was completely obsessed would be a massive understatement.  I mean, you know how kids get when they are completely insane about something right? I had dinosaur sheets, dinosaur posters, dinosaur books, and dinosaur toys. I’m pretty sure I watched the Land Before Time series at least 600 times. (Sometimes even now I find myself absentmindedly humming songs from those movies.) The one day my mom made dino-shaped pancakes was probably the best day of my childhood. And, of course, I was dead set on being a paleontologist when I grew up.

My attitude is a little bit different now. I no longer want to spend my life studying fossils, but dinosaurs still haven’t lost their magic. And I think a lot of people feel that way too. After all, what isn’t cool about house sized lizards roaming the planet a few million years ago?

A computer generated image released by Nature Publishing Group shows a reconstruction of Tianyulong confuciusi, a feathered heterodontosaurid ornithischian dinosaur. LI-DA XING/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom. Find it at Newscom: afplivetwo817446.

Just how big were dinosaurs? Here are some numbers that kind of shocked me.

  • A T. rex tooth is 8 inches long.
  • Probably due to his huge teeth, a T. rex could swallow 500 pounds of meat in one bite.
  • Gigantosaurus’ scull is 6 feet long.
  • Argentinosaurs, the largest animal ever, weighed 120 tons. That’s about 100 elephants.
  • A single vertebra from the backbone of the Argentinosaurus was 5 feet high and 4 feet wide.
  • The longest neck of a dinosaur/animal ever was 33 feet and belonged to Mamenchisaurus.

It sort of makes you glad that dinosaurs went extinct, doesn’t it? I’m pretty sure that if they were still roaming around, we pitiful humans wouldn’t stand a chance against something with 8 inch teeth.

Artists' impression of newly discovered dinosaur Masiakasaurus knopfleri that US scientists have been excavating from a site in Madagascar and that they have named after their guitar hero, Mark Knopfler, it was disclosed 24 January 2001. NATURE/AFP/Newscom. Find it at Newscom: afpphotos313942.

There is a lot of disputation going on about what exactly dinosaurs looked like. Do they have feathers? What color were they? And, more importantly, why? Recent discoveries mixed with improved technology have allowed scientists to decode the coloring of a few dinosaurs. But until this can be done for all dinosaurs, its still basically up to the artist to decide what color the dinosaurs were. Even if its not entirely accurate, its still pretty awesome to look at pictures of dinosaurs. That’s why we’ve generously put together this collection of dino illustrations for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy your adventure back in time!

Sinosauropteryx reconstruction Chuang Zhao and Lisa Xing New development in research of coloured feathers The colour of some feathers on dinosaurs and early birds have been identified for the first time. A team of researchers from the University of Bristol, England, the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) in Beijing, China. CB2/ZOB/ Find it at Newscom: wennoddpix040946.

Science-US-Canada-Sweden-paleontology-dinosaur This handout drawing courtesy of Science/AAAS shows a reconstruction of an arthropod Hurdia victoria . The fossils of a monster predator with a circular jaw and a pair of claws on its head has been discovered in the old collections of the Smithsonian museum in Washington, researchers said March 19, 2009. MARIANNE COLLINS/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom. Find it at Newscom: afplivetwo817783.

An artist's impression shows the 15 metre (50 ft) long "sea monster" found in Arctic Norway that was the biggest of its kind known to science. With dagger-like teeth in a mouth large enough to bite a small car, the 150-million year old dinosaur-era pliosaur, a fierce marine repitle, was about five metres (16 ft 5 in) longer than the previous pliosaur record holder found in Australia, researchers said on February 27, 2008. HO/RTR/Newscom. Find it at Newscom: rtrltwo741432.

An undated artist's rendering of the duck-billed dinosaur Gryposaurus monumentensis, which roamed southern Utah 75 million years ago, shows the robust jaws that allowed this creature to eat just about any vegetation it came across. The bipedal herbivorous dinosaur measured about 30 feet (9.1 meters) long. HO/RTR/Newscom. Find it at Newscom: rtrltwo527902.

This artist's illustration shows a male of the medium-sized predatory dinosaur Troodon, which lived in North America in the late Cretaceous Period, brooding over a clutch of eggs. Fossilized remains of Troodon and two other types of dinosaurs found with large clutches of eggs suggest that males, and not females, protected and incubated eggs laid by perhaps several females , according to scientists writing in the journal Science. HO/RTR/Newscom. Find it at Newscom: rtrlthree183488.

Illustration of euplocephalus, a heavily armored, herbivorous ankylosaurid of the Late Cretaceous period. Carolina Biological Supply Company/Carolina Biological Supply Compa/Newscom. Find it at Newscom: pttmedical001186.

Paleontologists from the Museum of Nature & Science will announce their discovery of a new species of the ceratopsid dinosaur Pachyrhinosaurus at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 71st-Annual Meeting that runs this week in Las Vegas. PR NEWSWIRE/Newscom. Find it at Newscom: prnphotos112914.

A computer generated image released by Nature Publishing Group shows a reconstruction of Tianyulong confuciusi, a feathered heterodontosaurid ornithischian dinosaur. LI-DA XING/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom. Find it at Newscom: afplivetwo817446.

Dinosaur craving not fulfilled yet? Luckily we have a collection of more dinosaur illustrations back at Newscom!

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