Critter of the Week: Stegosaurus

Meet Steggy.  She’s a real sweetie who loves nothing more than a pat on the head.  She’ll let just about anybody clamber on her back.  Just be careful not to spook her. 🙂

 

Steggy

 

She’s not the sharpest rock around, but hey, her brain’s the size of a hotdog.  I know there’s that story about a second brain somewhere in her hips, but that’s just ridiculous.  I can’t really say anything about the squishy critters, but no animal with a backbone has two brains. 😛

All of us have a space in our pelvis for the spinal chord and all that good stuff- helps us walk without having to think about it.  That’s how we can walk and talk at the same time. 🙂  Steggy here just has a bigger space for all those nerves, so she doesn’t have to think about swinging her tail when Alfred tries to play Pounce with her.  She just does it.

That’s why sneaking up on a spike-tail is not a good idea.  That tail is a spiked mace of pure muscle, and definitely no fun to be on the receiving end.  The proof that wild spike-tails are dangerous business are all the fossils of Allosaurus with injuries from tail spikes.

Steggy here is nothing to worry about though.  Pete plays lots of surprise games with her, just like horse trainers play training games with racehorses.  It helps them get used to loud sounds and new situations.  You could do just about anything to Steggy and she’d be just fine.  Even dress up! 🙂

 

Making progress…

I’m ashamed to say that I’m falling behind on my posts.  I think I’ve figured out why though…illustrations for both posts of the week is taking more time than I expected.

Of course, I could blame the fact that I have three little ones to keep track of and a house to keep in order. 😛  Some weeks just run more smoothly than others.  I just need to figure out a way to streamline things.  For the moment, I think I’ll either have to limit to one post a week, or stick to one illustrated post for now.  Once I have a process for doing things, then I can start streamlining things to be more efficient with the time I have. 🙂

 

Coming Next Week…

This curious undersea critter is always looking for an opportunity to nab a treat.  You’ll never see her coming!

Share your guess in the comments! She’ll be one of the critters over on the critter page. 🙂

7 thoughts on “Critter of the Week: Stegosaurus

    1. Hi Michael! I’ve reconstructed Steggy with a hard, keratinous layer over her plates. Like turtle shell. 🙂 This is the way it’s generally reconstructed.

      You never know though, Steggy might’ve had soft plates. I’ve been toying with the idea of a “soft-shelled” variety of steggy. 🙂 like a soft-shelled turtle.

      Sorry, short answer is we don’t know for sure. Not until we find some fossil with an imprint around the plates. 🙂

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  1. Haha, cool. 😀 I find it interesting how different the old design is from the new one. He’s a little less chubby than he was before (but still just as cute)!

    Is it…leedsichthys?

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