Late afternoon, Kimmeridgian Age, Iberia: The reigning monarch of Late Jurassic Europe, a ten meter Torvosaurus gurneyi wanders from hunting grounds further inland, drawn to the shore by the scent of almost-fresh seafood (an unfortunate ichthyosaur, Ophthalmosaurus), as the nimble pterosaur Scaphognathus soars on storm-fed winds, searching for fish. The massive dinosaurian predator's bones will eventually be buried, fossilized, and, after 150 million years, found by human eyes searching the Lourinhã Formation of modern-day Portugal.
I've made an attempt at digital music to accompany this digital painting, a soundtrack for the image, if you will, and the track can be found at my new Soundcloud page, here:
The descriptive paper on the dinosaur and more information from one of the authors, Christophe Hendrickx, can be found at the following:
Torvosaurus gurneyi was named in honor of the incomparable James Gurney, world-renowned paleoartist and creator of Dinotopia, and, personally, a lifelong source of inspiration. Mr. Gurney also has an excellent blog, which can be found at:
Please do not use or reproduce this image without permission, and thanks for viewing (and listening)!
I love the pattern you used for the Torvosaurus
Very nice work, by the way.
Here's a good skeletal drawing for Torvosaurus gurneyi - the skull and body both seem kind of uniquely long and low to me, which I might not have captured quite right in the painting: www.skeletaldrawing.com/therop…
Thanks for the kind words!