Sunday, February 13, 2011

Chickensaurus Rex

Hey Science! Lay off the dinosaurs, huh?

When I was a kid I thought dinosaurs were the coolest creatures ever. The idea that giant monsters once walked the face of the Earth was the most awesome thing I could possibly imagine.

Unfortunately, every year Science discovers new facts about dinosaurs that strips them of their coolness.

First they told us that everyone's favorite dinosaur, the Brontosaurs, never existed. What we thought was a Brontosaurus was actually the much less cool Apatosaurus. Then they told us that most dinosaurs probably had feathers. That immediately made them about a thousand times less cool to me. Giant monster lizards are awesome. Big birds are not. Birds we've still got all over the place.

Now Science has dealt dinosaurs the ultimate blow. They're now telling us that the most fearsome creature to ever exist, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, was also covered in feathers, and was not a ruthless, meat-eating predator. It was in all likelihood a vegetarian. I don't know about anyone else, but I don't like the idea that the T-Rex was nothing more than a giant rooster.

Tell you what, Science. If you uncover any new information that makes dinosaurs cooler, like they could shoot laser beams from their eyes or something, then by all means tell us. But if you discover any more stupid stuff about them, like they were really only 6 inches tall, then keep it to yourself.

Here's my attempt at making the best of the situation and trying to make the T-Rex cool again.

Drawn in Photoshop on the graphic tablet.

Here's the original rough sketch of the Chickensaurus.

Here's the tighter digital sketch I did. In the final image I changed his legs to a more dynamic pose, so it doesn't look like he's just standing there waiting on a bus.


  1. A giant chicken would still be kind of scary

  2. Imagine that sucker crowing in the morning??!! He's scary even covered in feathers, but your right it just doesn't have the same ring to it as giant lizards.

  3. I'm trying to find this new information you're referring to somewhere online and am not having much luck. Where did you hear about them being vegetarian?

  4. Thanks, guys!

    Dawn: Yeah, that would be quite a loud crow!

    mth: I did a quick google search and it looks like maybe I misread the info. Apparently it was the ANCESTORS of T-Rex that were probably vegetarians. Sorry.

  5. Great blog and cool your artwork! Greetings from Spain!

  6. Jaume Estruch: Thanks! Glad you like my art. Hope things are going well in Spain!

  7. Thanks for double-checking. Even though I wouldn't have doubted it that much, it did seem odd that T-rex would be a plant eater given all it's carnivorous characteristics. Either way, your chickensaurus rex is awesome. :-)

  8. I dunno; I rather like the idea of Chickensaurus Rex waiting for the bus.

  9. Looks completely different, but the name reminds me of the episodes of "Ruff and Reddy" with the Chickasaurus - great episode only bested by their trip to Munimula.


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