Meet Elmer. He’s a little shy, and likes staying in his comfort zone, but he’ll be your best giant friend if you give him some greens and a big hug.
The best way to a dino’s heart is through his stomach, as they say. Well, that’s not really the phrase, but I’m sure it’s just as true, especially when it comes to these long-necked sauropods. 🙂 I think the rough estimate is a solid cube- 5ft x 5ft – of vegetation in a single day to feed one of these guys.
Oh, there’s Elmer, browsing on a few of the trees that grow here in the pasture. You’d think you’d see him right away, he’s so big. But his striped pattern is surprisingly good camouflage in that grove of tall conifers.
What’s he looking at…? Oh, here comes Pete on the Kabota. He’ll be joining us here on the platform to feed Elmer. If you lean over the railing a bit and look down, see that row of big boxes kinda spaced along the wall? That’s where the big bunches of conifer branches and ferns will go. They’re in the big shed behind us, the one to the left of the stairs we came up.
And here comes Elmer. My goodness, he’s fast. It looks like he’s moving slow, but with those long legs he sure covers ground quickly! And so quiet…You’d think there’d be the big stomping footsteps you hear in Jurassic Park.
Hey there Elmer! We have a friend to see you today. 🙂
I just can’t get over how big he is! What are we, 30 feet up? 40?
It’s hard to grasp how big these guys really are until you’re right next to them. Come to think of it, that’s the way it is with most animals.
To think that Elmer is as heavy as 5 elephants. Five! And not just any elephant. 5 bull African elephants, which are about as big as it gets when it comes to land animals walking around today.
Here’s a video that helps put that into perspective…
So five of those guys is about as heavy as the average humpback whale. Yes, Elmer here is every bit as big as a whale, and he’s not even the biggest sauropod out there!
Oh, hi Pete, we have a visitor today!
There you are, friend, a nice bunch of ferns you can give Elmer. Just grab it at the end here, and make sure your fingers are in a nice, tight fist.
Elmer’s teeth are like pruning shears, so we don’t want to lose any fingers today by mistake.
I think he likes you!
I’ve been working on actually finishing the homepage image for a bit now, and I thought I would share my progress so far.
It’s an important part of the site, since it’s the first thing you see, and it’s the “front window” of Pete’s Paleo Petshop.
But it’s also a test.
- A test for style, to make sure I’m happy with it, and it’ll have the feel I’m going for.
- A test to see how long it takes me to complete a full illustration. (so far two weeks, but that’s in between the margins of everything else)
- And a test to make sure you like what you see as well. After all, this may be an ambitious idea and project, but the long-term goal is to earn a passive income in a way that doesn’t take time from my family.
So here is two weeks of sporadic sketching between posts, child herding, and making sure the house doesn’t fall apart. 😛 (I exaggerate, but truly, being a stay-at-home mom takes quite a bit more work than a lot of people think 🙂 )
Compared to the current homepage…You’ll notice the little saber-tooth cub lost his fangs. They’re just hidden behind extra large lips. Turns out only tusks are exposed, so all saber-tooth cats should have their teeth nicely sheathed. 🙂
I did look at reference pictures, but research was kept to a minimum since most of these animals are not in the Jurassic period. I’ll update the picture as I get to the appropriate periods, which may take a while. 😛
Coming Next Week…
I hope you don’t mind getting wet, because this swimming critter loves to splash! 🙂
Share your guess in the comments! She’s one of the critters over on the critter page. 🙂
14 thoughts on “Critter of the Week: Brachiosaurus”
thou you do agree a bout longisquama being cute. not saying Herodotus is not cute because it is, it’s adorable I’m just saying I thing lonasquama is as well.
you do right?
I love them all! 🙂
Thanks for answering my question
Your welcome 🙂
Why did you remove that longisoma. Is it still in the shop I always fond that lizerdod critter cute with all it’s different colors and small size
I put a different critter in there instead of the Longisquama, because I wasn’t sure how to reconstruct it. I try to make sure all my critters are as accurate to science as I can, and sometimes it’s hard to find the right info. Paleontologists were disagreeing about those long scales on its back at the time, so I decided to switch it out for a more well known reptile. 🙂
Hetodon, that turtle like reptile right?
Ya some paleontologists think that longisquama did not even have those long scales and that they were plant muterle that got mixed in to the fussal
I’ve read that, but most seem to agree that they were scales instead of vegetation.
I think they were a defensive weapon as in if a predator tried to eat it it would raise the scales both too look bigger and worn “ i’ll chock you do not try and eat me” and do that if they did that
Trying to look bigger seems plausible, but most animals have much simpler ways to look bigger, like puffing up or standing on tip toe while snarling like a larger animal. That’s much easier and less expensive, energy and nutrition-wise. Most lost, weird-looking appendages are for attracting mates. But really it’s all speculation 🙂
Excited to see the e-book!
Hi Daniel, it’s awesome to see you here!
Thank you, hopefully I can have the ebook done quickly. I’ve got thumbnails down already, and I’m finalizing the panels now, since it’s in a comic strip type format. 😊