Meet the Critters

It’s feeding time at Pete’s shop, and you’re just in time to meet all the critters! πŸ™‚

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98 thoughts on “Meet the Critters

  1. Editing the list:

    Animals that are in the shop:

    1. Allosaurus
    2. Apatosaurus
    3. Archaeopteryx
    4. Brachiosaurus
    5. Camarasaurus
    6. Camptosaurus
    7. Castorocauda
    8. Ceratosaurus
    9. Compsognathus
    10. Dilophosaurus
    11. Dimorphodon
    12. Diplodocus
    13. Dryosaurus
    14. Hoplosuchus
    15. Ichthyosaurus
    16. Juramaia
    17. Leedsichthys
    18. Ornitholestes
    19. Plesiosaurus
    20. Pliosaurus
    21. Pterodactylus
    22. Rhamphorhynchus
    23. Scutellosaurus
    24. Stegosaurus

    Some that will join eventually:
    25. Kentrosaurus
    26. Fruitadens
    27. Europasaurus
    28. Othnielosaurus
    29. Guanlong
    30. Hybodus
    31. Gargoyleosaurus
    32. Cryolophosaurus
    33. Monolophosaurus
    34. Piranhamesodon
    35. Torvosaurus
    36. Metriorhynchus
    37. Bellusaurus
    38. Lourinhasaurus
    39. Muraenosaurus
    40. Cryptoclidus
    41. Liopleurodon
    42. Huayangosaurus
    43. Tuojiangosaurus
    44. Dacentrurus
    45. Hesperosaurus
    46. Megalosaurus
    47. Jobaria
    48. Mongolarachne
    49. Vieraella
    50. Sordes
    51. Ophthalmosaurus
    52. Kaurus
    53. Proceratosaurus
    54. Lepidotes
    55. Lufengosaurus
    56. Huanhepterus
    57. Darwinopterus
    58. Gigantspinosaurus
    59. Dicraeosaurus
    60. Giraffatitan
    61. Shunoaurus

    These three will join, just not as priority:

    62. Mymoorapelta
    63. Vouvria
    64. Lexovisaurus

    There, does this updated list help you?

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  2. So, to sum it up, just in case you don’t know, here are the current 54 prehistoric animals planned/ added:

    All prehistoric animals currently in the shop:

    1. Allosaurus fragilis
    2. Apatosaurus ajax
    3. Archaeopteryx lithographica
    4. Brachiosaurus alitithorax
    5. Camarasurus lentus
    6. Camptosaurus dispar
    7. Castorocauda lutrasimilis
    8. Ceratosaurus nasicornis
    9. Compsognathus longipes
    10. Dilophosaurus wetherilli
    11. Dimophodon macronyx
    12. Diplodocus carnegii
    13. Dryosaurus altus
    14. Ichthyosaurus communis
    15. Juramaia sinensis
    16. Leedsichthys problematicus
    17. Ornitholestes hermanni
    18. Plesiosaurus dolichodeirus
    19. Pliosaurus funkei
    20. Pterodactylus antiquus
    21. Rhamphorhynchus muensteri
    22. Scutellosaurus lawleri
    23. Stegosaurus stenops

    20 animals on priority list:

    24. Hoplosuchus
    25. Kentrosaurus
    26. Fruitadens
    27. Europasaurus
    28. Othnielosaurus
    29. Guanlong
    30. Hybodus
    31. Gargoyleosaurus
    32. Cryoplophosaurus
    33. Monolophosaurus
    34. Piranhamesodon
    35. Torvosaurus
    36. Metriorhynchus
    37. Bellusaurus
    38. Dashanpusaurus
    39. Lourinhasaurus
    40. Tehuelchesaurus
    41. Muraenosaurus
    42. Cryptoclidus
    43. Liopleurodon

    11 fan suggestions:

    44. Huayangosaurus
    45. Tuojiangosaurus
    46. Dacentrurus
    47. Hesperosaurus
    48. Megalosaurus
    49. Lexovisaurus
    50. Jobaria
    51. Mongolarachne
    52. Vieraella
    53. Sordes
    54. Ophthalmosaurus

    So this is a list of the animals already in (1 to 23) and some that could join in eventually (24 to 54)


    1. Wow, that’s quite the list! Thank you for putting this together! I don’t have a big master list yet, and it’s very helpful to have this. πŸ™‚

      I wouldn’t really put a specific species behind a lot of the already existing critters though. As I often say here on the site, they are domestic breeds of their wild cousins. For example, I would classify Alfred as Allosaurus domesticus. πŸ™‚ I may dive into more specific species at some point, but for now I’m fudging those kind of details just a tiny smidge. Unless I have an awesome holotype skeleton to go by, like I did with Stegosaurus. πŸ™‚

      I’m really going to have to think on this, because there’s quite a few critters here I’ve never heard of, which is awesome. πŸ™‚ There’s also some on your fan suggestion list that I really want to put on the priority list. πŸ˜€

      I may go over this in a future post. πŸ™‚


        1. The problem with that is that I would need experience in using a 3D modeling program. I have zero experience with those programs, the ones that are actually worth having are expensive (as far as I know), and they have a big learning curve. As much as I would like to make my own critters, I simply don’t have the time or experience right now. Maybe some time in the future, but for now I’m sticking to what my strengths are. πŸ™‚

          There are lots of other artists much more talented than I am in sculpting who are already making their own line of figures though, like Kayakasaurus’ sculpts. πŸ™‚


            1. I would jump on that chance if I had the money for it! I have a plan in place for this sort of thing, but it may take a while. πŸ˜‰ We just have to be patient, and believe me, I mean that for myself as well! I would love, love, love a few figures of my own characters. πŸ˜€


    2. Karaurus

      There are some really good new species in here I haven’t heard of! Like Karaurus, I would like to add this salamander at some point. And more pterosaurs and prehistoric fish is always good, to add to the diversity of critters. πŸ™‚ A few critters like Mymoorapelta and Vouivria will have to wait a long time though, because I already have Gargoyleosaurus on the short list, and I’m really looking for the more unique-looking sauropods. They have some really interesting body shapes within the generic plan that I’d really like to highlight, so if I add another brachiosaur anytime soon it’ll be Giraffatitan for a direct comparison with Brachiosaurus.

      Either way anything on this list would be on the long list, so it’ll be a while before they get a chance to show up in the shop. You might see them on my Instagram though. πŸ™‚

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          1. It’s a really cool critter, but I saw a paper that determined that the layer of rock is from the Cretaceous, not Jurassic. It was difficult to tell for sure because of the way the rock layers fold over each other in that area.


              1. A quote from an article on Epidexipteryx written by the very knowledgeable folk behind Tetrapod Zoology,

                “Epidexipteryx, it’s from the Daohugou Formation. The age of the Daohugou Formation is controversial: it might be as old as Middle Jurassic or as young as Early Cretaceous, with the most recent studies suggesting the latter. ”

                And a quote from the study mentioned in the article, “Stratigraphy and age of the Daohugou Bed in Ningcheng, Inner Mongolia”

                “the age of the Daohugou deposits should be younger than the age of the ignimbrite, and thus it was incorrect to correlate the Daohugou Bed with the Middle Jurassic Jiulongshan Formation…the Daohugou vertebrate assemblage is closer to that of the Early Cretaceous”

                I do a lot of research when it comes to the critters I feature. I really strive for accuracy to the best of my ability. πŸ™‚ Though it is helpful to point out possible errors so I can do further research and ensure I have my facts straight. πŸ™‚


                  1. To tell you the truth, the list isn’t a priority list in order. πŸ™‚ I draw whichever one interests me or inspires me most at the time. The variety of critters in the shop right now also influences my decision. Since there are plenty of dinosaurs featured in the shop right now, I am more likely to add a critter that isn’t a dinosaur, for example. πŸ™‚

                    I don’t recall those two being on the list. I’ll add them as species to consider. πŸ™‚


                    1. If you mean provide names for my characters, I’m afraid I’m going to have to say no. I love getting suggestions for species, but as the author and illustrator of this series, I withhold the right to choosing the names of my own characters. You can create your own characters based on prehistoric critters for your own private use though. I don’t hold any copyright on prehistoric species of course, and even the idea of prehistoric pets is certainly nothing new. πŸ˜€ Just the characters of Pete’s Paleo Petshop is mine. πŸ™‚

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                    2. Good thing to consider. But how? Also, what I mean is if I can choose the name for any creatures you haven’t added yet to this website or Instagram. Like pick the name Monique for The Mongolarachne that will soon be in the shop.


                    3. I know what you meant Angel. Again, I respectfully but firmly say no. As the creator of the world of Pete’s Paleo Petshop, I choose which species appear, and I name my own characters.

                      I am happy to receive species suggestions, since there are many prehistoric creatures I don’t know about. But names and choosing which species to illustrate are my decision.

                      As I said before., prehistoric animals are not copyright to anyone, so you can create your own prehistoric character for your own use and name it whatever you like. πŸ™‚


                    4. Well, ok, if it’s youre choice, maybe Monique will have a different name. Also, what do you mean by offering adoptable critters? Do you mean create figures of those critters then I pick the name?

                      And to go with this list, here are ten things to evaluate. I gave each one a name, but since you pick the name for each one, the choice is yours:

                      Karaurus (Kathryn)
                      Proceratosaurus (Bradley)
                      Lepidotes ( Finley)
                      Lufengosaurus ( Lucia)
                      Mymoorapelta (Milos)
                      Huanhepterus (Winston)
                      Darwinopterus (Darwin)
                      Gigantspinosaurus (Regina)
                      Vouivria (Gerard)
                      Dicraeosaurus (Dianne)

                      (Note: These are just the proposed name for each creature. Patricia will evaluate the names and therefore, the names are subject to change.


                    5. I don’t understand the concept fully myself, since I’m not popular enough to make the idea of adoptable “pets” a realistic one yet. But the idea would be to somehow make characters available for adoption as virtual pets. Virtual meaning “not physically real” in this case, since obviously we can’t really have prehistoric critters as pets.

                      The most realistic way to make this happen is illustrations.

                      For example, I could illustrate several Allosaurus with different markings, size, build, age, and possibly a unique personality. Similar to Alfred in the fact that they’re Allosaurus, but all different characters. These illustrations I would sell with an official “seal of adoption”. Each would be unique, and the buyer would be able to name the critter they adopted just as if they adopted it from Pete’s shop.

                      If I can somehow incorporate this idea into some sort of augmented reality, or at least a figure, that would be awesome. But in all honesty it would need to be limited to illustrations for a while.

                      Thank you for the suggestions! I’m especially on the lookout for critters with very distinct spikes or body shapes to add to the long list. πŸ™‚


                    6. To end this long discussion, what can you say about all of the creatures I mentioned in my last comment? Which names will you use and which will you not use? As well, what are your thoughts and opinions with the creatures I mentioned? I would like to know. Also, will you add a new critter in March?


  3. Patricia, I would like to see one animal for each letter of the alphabet. So, how about these:


    Some more:

    Will you accept these?


  4. These are very cute and I love that they’re accurate as well. What a wonderful idea for a children’s book!

    Might I also suggest a Torvosaurus tanneri? If you’re going to expand into Aptian- Albian (early Cretaceous) fauna as well, I definitely want to suggest Acrocanthosaurus…


    1. Hi Leandra, thank you for stopping by, it’s great to have you here! πŸ™‚

      I’m glad you like my little critters. I really enjoy drawing them, and it’s an extra bonus that all the kids I’ve shown them to so far have really liked them too. πŸ™‚

      At the moment I’m concentrating on Jurassic animals. It may take a couple of years, but I’ll certainly keep Torvosaurus in mind when we dip into the Cretaceous.

      I’m more than happy to listen to any suggestions, so if you know of any obscure Jurassic fauna (not just dinosaurs) then I’d to hear from you. πŸ™‚

      P.S. – I love your reconstructions, especially the plateosaurus. There’s not enough love for early sauropodomorphs out there. πŸ™‚


    2. As well as that, how about giving the name Tanner to the Torvosaurus.

      Leah, the Torvosaurus will be male and will have that name, unless Patricia changes her mind, which shouldn’t happen.
      As well as that, she should create a book called Jurassic Overview, which reviews over 225 prehistoric animals from the Jurassic.


      1. If you read my comment, your book will get a sequel with more animals. I would like to see thing from other period and eras.


        1. Hi Angel, thank you so much for stopping by! I have thought about the idea of a dinosaur/prehistoric critter alphabet book. Perhaps someday! At the moment, I’m focusing on a series that will feature various critters, including dinosaurs of course. Each book will focus on a different time period. I just chose the Jurassic first because dinosaurs are so popular, and a lot of our classic favorites happen to be Jurassic critters. πŸ™‚

          It’ll take two more books after this one to get the “age of dinosaurs covered”, but after that there will be all sorts of critters from other time periods. πŸ™‚


          1. Also, this took me a while, but I thought of an alphabet of prehistoric animals from the Triassic.
            I will give you their names:

            A: Asilisaurus
            B: Blikanasaurus
            C: Coelophysis
            D: Desmatosuchus
            E: Eudimorphodon
            F: Fasolasuchus
            G: Guaibasaurus
            H: Herrerasaurus
            I: Isanosaurus
            J: Jaklapallisaurus
            K: Keichousaurus
            L: Lilliensternus
            M: Melanorosaurus
            N: Nothosaurus
            O: Odontochelys
            P: Plateosaurus
            Q: Qianosuchus
            R: Riojasaurus
            S: Shringasaurus
            T: Typothorax
            U: Utatsusaurus
            V: Vancleavea
            W: Wangosaurus
            X: Xilousuchus
            Y: Youngosuchus
            Z: Zupaysaurus

            Can you try to use all of these?


            1. Thank you for the suggestion. Many of these critters and other critters will be featured once I get to the Triassic. There are lots of interesting animals to include in a picture book, but I’m afraid the alphabet will have to wait. ☺️ I have a lot of ideas planned already, but not enough time to get them done fast enough!


  5. So imaginative! Great mix of children’s storytelling & science. You should gather these into a book!


    1. Hi Daniel, thank you so much for dropping by! πŸ™‚

      I’m glad you like my little menagerie of critters. A few people have suggested I take this to schools and libraries, and the wheels have been turning ever since. There are all kinds of directions we can go with this, even language skills (if you can pronounce a dino’s name, you can read anything) whatever my dear readers want. πŸ™‚

      On a more focused point, I’m planning on expanding upon these profiles, and putting them to good use. πŸ™‚


  6. I’m having trouble deciding between Maya and Skittles, both are adorable! Hah, all of them are actually. Can’t wait to meet the other critters! πŸ™‚


    1. Hi Misty! Thank you for stopping by πŸ™‚

      I’m glad you like the critters. Skittles is one of my favorites so far 😊 I imagine her being rather like a cat. The kind that’s super sweet, and likes to snuggle close to get stroked between the ears. πŸ™‚


  7. I like the format! Very simple and easy to navigate through. πŸ™‚ Also, I think dilophosaurus is starting to grow on me. It just might become a new favorite of mine!


    1. Hmm, I may do a blog post on this someday. But short answer is…it depends on the critter. Some are very quick and simple, and others would take a day or so even without life getting in the way πŸ™‚


  8. Wow, those dinosaurs look different! Thank you for taking the time to do this. Castorocauda would be my choice if we only had a swimming pool.


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