Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Not too terribly long ago, Julia offered to send me any JVP articles I might want since I stopped getting access to the journal. I don't think she knew what she was getting herself into, and my request topped out at somewhere around twenty articles. And now, I think she just sends me stuff she thinks I'll like lest I bug her about it. :-)
But as thanks, I offered to draw her favorite dinosaur. Not surprisingly, the Ethical Palaeontologist wished upon Cetiosauriscus, and so, many weeks later, this picture was completed. Could I improve upon it? Sure, but I don't want to drive myself mad. I feel slightly bad that I recently went on a big rant about how artists shouldn't be restoring animals known from fragmentary remains. In detailing this eusauropod, I fell victim to that complaint. Cetiosauriscus is known from basically the back half, and an arm, so the neck, back, and head are completely made up! Julia suggested Omeisaurus as a reference (oh my!), but with a fatter overall structure.
So there it be: Cetiosauriscus. I'd give it a species name, but according to Julia and every resource I've read online, the animal's taxonomic history is something of a nightmare.