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Macronarians of the Morrison by Paleo-King Macronarians of the Morrison by Paleo-King
An encounter near the edge of a highland forest between a trio of Brachiosaurus altithorax and the very rare basal macronarian sauropod Haplocanthosaurus delfsi, in the Morrison formation in Colorado, 150 million years ago. Stegosaurus armatus also makes a brief appearance.

Suggested background music: [link]

Brachiosaurus altithorax was one of the largest "classic" sauropods of the Morrison formation, with large adults (such as the one formerly known as "Ultrasauros") reaching up to 90 feet in length and weighing 45 tons. Haplocanthosaurus, a distant relative, reached only 50 feet as an adult and was a "living fossil" in its own time, thought to be descended in a direct line from the common ancestor of both brachiosaurs and camarasaurs.
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vasix Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I assume that if Haplo is around, this is the middle Morrison Formation? What kinds of large sauropods would've existed during the later stages of the deposition of the Morrison, since I've heard something about it drying up when the Sundance Sea retreated?
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munkas02 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
damn, you sure do love your brachs!
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, they were my old favorites... and still the best-looking dinos in my book anyway.
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River-rex Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Student Artist
It has a prehistoric taste to it. Great job on the detailing of the forest, and I enjoy the hidden Stegosaurus, thanks to another comment I was able to spot it.
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daisaspy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
Good job with the Stegosaurus.

Couldn't see it for a long time.
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such amazing attention to detail, I'm gobsmacked!
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grroselli Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
i think haplocanthosaurus is older than that, they lived in the oxfordian which is way before stego armatus or brachiosaurus. correct me if i'm wrong.
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Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yikes :0 Worth the time though I must say!
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Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How long... How long did those trees take you???
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
If I told you that, I'd have to... aw screw it, about a month or so. :XD:
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white-fay Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Student
Great job Paleo-king!
I wish I could hear the music too. What kind of pencils did u use?
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:iconpaleo-king:
Paleo-King Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :D Oops, the music link was messed up. Fixed it. I used mechanical 0.5 pencils. Nothing else.
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white-fay Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Student
Excellent thank u :)
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halfpennyro04 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Student General Artist
beautiful :)
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks :)
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Algoroth Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Can you find the stegosaurus?
He's hiding out, you see.
Hiding from an Allosaurus,
Who's scared of sap from trees!

In other words, cool drawing. Do you ever use oils and/or acrylics? Watercolors? Pastels? That would be interesting to see.
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SameerPrehistorica Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist
Awesome...
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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SameerPrehistorica Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Hobbyist
Welcome..
I have seen your drawings before.Before some days i was searching pictures about brachiosaurus brancai, one of your drawing came in the result.I saw it and i have seen ur blog.You are the best.
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! There will be some new stuff on the blog soon so keep watching ;)
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SameerPrehistorica Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist
Always welcome
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TyrannosaurusPrime Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Great, but I hope you don't mind me suggesting an alternate background music for this one (I'm not a fan of classical music :P): [link]
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Algoroth Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Tyler's music is often fantastic. If you like grand music, try this. [link]
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TyrannosaurusPrime Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Nice music, thanks!!!!:D BTW you can also check this awesome music here by Steve Jablonsky: [link] ;)
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Skull-Island-Master Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
I just came to that page because i wanted to find pics of Haplocanthosaurus and listened to "Its our fight", then i read your post.
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Algoroth Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Great stuff! DL'ed it. Summon the WORMS, man! [link]

If you haven't heard this, you've missed something. Brian Tyler again.

Low of Solpisism by Hinaro [link]

One of the grandest pieces ever written. Starts off low and slow, but hold on to the end... [link]

Another...same composer. [link]

There's more. If you haven't heard these, they might whet your appetite. Also, of all scores, try Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.
Mark Mothersbaugh... [link]

And this, the cheeseburger storm. If you've heard these, you'll know what I mean. If you haven't seen the movie, this might be a surprise; some truly epic music for a cartoon. [link]
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TyrannosaurusPrime Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Wow, these are truly EPIC!!!!!!!:iconprimelaplz: I heard of the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, but I've never seen the movie itself before.:P

BTW just asking, what are your favorite movies of all time? My choices are Transformers (2007) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Forget Jurassic Park......;)).B-) (though in Dark of the Moon, my 2nd fav character in the film series was brutally murdered by a traitor.....:cries::cries::cries::cries::cries::cries::cries::cries::cries:)
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Algoroth Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
King Kong 1933 version. The special effects aren't as realistic as the new Peter Jackson version, but this flick is nightmarish to me, because the O'Brien special effects are more dreamlike.
The brontosaurs scene in the new one is exciting. The 1933 version is frightening. To me, anyway.

Another one is the Peter Jackson King Kong. Same basic story, until King K fights the Vastatosaurs, very different mood after that.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Howard Shore's music fits perfectly and is often epic as hell.
The Dark Crystal-a hellaceously great score by Trevor Jones!
Hellboy 2--Another great score by Danny Elfman. As far as the music goes, and I like the movie too, try Elfman's work for Sleepy Hollow.
Heck, I love a number of movies, but the films mentioned lead the pack. For non-fantasy?
Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Max Steiner music .

Cloudy with the meatyballs is well worth watching. There's also some rock music and silly music, backing up SUPERBLY a zany story with a lot of heart.

Also, try the 1933 King Kong score by Max Steiner. Incredible stuff! Howard's score for the PJ version is also worth your time. It's extraordinarily beautiful and was written in a short time. He gets to the soul of the humans and the creatures.

How to Train Your Dragon... One of my favorites. A funny, moving story with zany characters. John Powell's music is amazing. The movie is worth it for his music alone, but the story of Hiccup and his forbidden friendship with an injured
dragon is very affecting.

Bubba Hotep! Brian Tyler score, a B movie with "A" heart. Bruce Campbell does a wonderful job acting as an aging and dying Elvis Presley. The title sounds utterly stupid, but it's a comedy/horror film well worth watching. Tyler's music here combines rock and roll with his flare for epicness, in a mix of oil and water that has to be heard by anyone who loves great film scores.

"Classical" composers also composed film music. One of the greatest film scores ever written was for Alexander Nevsky. I believe it was by Sergei Prokofiev. Incredible music which can tear your heart out.

Elliot Goldenthal. I think I got his name right. Eclectic composer, incredibly talented. His score for Final Fantasy is as epic as they come. Have not seen the movie, but I have the music.
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TyrannosaurusPrime Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Nice! I also like the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Kung Fu Panda (which is extremely funny:D) and Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (which restrored dinosaurs very inaccurately, but is MUCH better than Disney's Dinosaur:))
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Algoroth Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hans Zimmer and Klaus Badelt did a wonderful job. Kung Fu Panda is one of my favorites too and the soundtrack is marvelous,

Haven't seen Dawn of the Dinosaurs, though I want to.

Disney's Dinosaur? I think it was a wonderful film. The script was by far the weakest part, but the voice acting, animation and music took it far above the script. The animators went far above the call of duty, especially with the characters of Kron and Bruton. Their words branded them as one dimensional, but their facial expressions went way beyond that, revealing their vulnerability in a world gone mad.

Take a gander at Kron's expressions when he sees that the lake is dried up. He's more than just a hidebound, brutal tyrant, but only the animators did this, not the writers, I guess the directors thought it would be too complicated for kids to understand if they gave Kron some vulnerability in his words, so they opted for the graphics to tell the tale of his fear; for himself and for the herd. Is he a nice guy? He might well have been, before the asteroid strike.

The dino designs were well thought out, except for giving the iguanodons lips. The animators felt it was too hard to make them talk or wouldn't look right with beaks only, so lips were added. But Eema was marvelously done, and she was left with just a beak. Maybe having Della Reese voice the old styracosaur inspired the animator who worked her? Could be, each character is assigned to someone different. The carnotaurs were very effective and the velociraptors were very well designed; no feathers, but that was not known when the movie was made, or the producers didn't want to get away from the tried and accepted scales.

A number of the dinos were spot-on accurate. I loved the goofy Stygimolochs and Ornithomimids, and the Pachyrhinosaurs were awesome.

And they had basically the best paleo artists in the business helping them design the dinos. A perfect movie? No. But one has to be willing to go beyond the words and slick animation to catch what they were trying to do.
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I have to admit, that IS pretty epic. It's also "classical" music in its own way, just classical for the 21st century LOL. Lots of violins and orchestra, not a lot of synth or electric stuff (though you can get "classical" effects with synth too).

Though I'd save that track for a truly epic scene, maybe a fight scene.... not just sauropods feeding, going about business as usual like in this picture. When I finally draw a sauropod stomping the crap out of some theropod (as I've been planning since the guys at SV-POW suggested more artists should depict it) then I'll use that music. BTW, what sauropod and theropod species would you suggest for that?
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TyrannosaurusPrime Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
I have quite a few suggestions:

-Puertasaurus vs Orkoraptor
-Sauroposeidon vs Acrocanthosaurus atokiensis
-Amphicoelias fragillimus vs Allosaurus amplexus (while Allosaurus amplexus is fast becoming one of my favorite theropods, seeing it's @$$ kicked by a sauropod would be awesome LOL :XD::lol:)
-Ophisthocoelocausia vs Tarbosaurus bataar
-"Brachiosaurus" nougaredi vs Carcharodontosaurus saharicus
-Apatosaurus ajax vs Saurophaganax maximus
-Alamosaurus sanjuanensis vs either Bistahiversor sealeyi or T. rex

Feel free to use any of them ;)
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Whoa that's quite an impressive list. I especially like the Sauroposeidon and "Brachiosaurus" nougaredi ones. Good old B. altithorax stepping on A. fragilis might work too.

What's Orkoraptor? I'm not familiar with that one. I like Puertasaurus so I might do that scene.
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TyrannosaurusPrime Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Thanks!:) Orkoraptor burkei is a 20 foot long allosauroid that lived alongside Puertasaurus in the Pari Aike Formation.;)
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Do you know where to find the paper? This would make an excellent scene.
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TyrannosaurusPrime Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
Oops, the paper about Orkoraptor should be this one: [link] ;)
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool.... so it's a neovenatorid. Still, there's very little material to go on in that paper. While I'm a big fan of Puertasaurus, it might be better to do a different scene where the predator is more understood.
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TyrannosaurusPrime Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
Well this is the best I could find: [link]
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AScatteredDream Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
What species is the little guy towards the bottom/middle?
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Othnielia. A small bipedal plant-eater similar to Dryosaurus.
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AScatteredDream Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You're more than welcome! Are you a dino-fan?
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AScatteredDream Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah but my dino-knowledge only goes about as far as The Land Before Time and Dinotopia :stupidme:
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That's fine. As long as you're interested in dinosaurs and curious about them that's a great starting point. :D

BTW, I loved Dinotopia. Not the movie, but the books were excellent, I was a big fan of the whole thing for a long time. Especially how James Gurney made the dinosaurs so vibrant and colorful (though his rather bland sauropods left a bit to be desired...)
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AScatteredDream Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I never read the books, I just saw the 6 part series.
I'm thinking of trying to delve a little deeper into the dino world and get a bit more educated about them
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool.

If you have dino questions or other prehistoric questions, I answer them. :D
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! that's absolutely fantastic! you really know how to draw stuff! awesome!
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D You'll really like this: [link]
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Thewhiningrhino Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
This is such a magnificent piece of art. Not only are the dinosaurs impressive in themselves, but I enjoy how you've portrayed them as simply going about their lives, without any drama. Every part of the scene has something to look at and admire.
And the trees! The detail you've put into the conifers and ground vegetation is amazing! It really brings the habitat, the world these creatures lived in to life, makes it something I can accept. It's every bit as evocative as any scene from Walking With Dinosaurs, quite frankly.

Speaking of which, MY recommended background music would be "Time of the Titans," which plays at the end of the Diplodocus segment. Heck, I'm humming it right now!
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanx! I figured it would be interesting to simply draw a scene where there's not a lot of action going on, because then you can focus on the natural beauty of the scene. It's like bird-watching, only a lot bigger and more interesting you because don't need binoculars and nothing flies away (I never got into bird watching LOL). In fact this scene got more attention than my action scenes at SVP!

Thanks for the comparison with WWD. Actually in one way this is better than WWD (not to brag or anything!), because nothing got biffed on the anatomy and the posture. WWD made Diplodocus a bit too massive-looking and large-bellied (remember, it's got a short torso and is proportionally pretty much the slimmest sauropod there is), and they made Brachiosaurus walk in a very awkward way, straining to hold up its neck, rocking its whole body up and down just to take a tiny step - so why evolve such long arms then? Larger strides, please! :X (in other words, the basic principles of graviportal limb mechanics were pretty much ignored with Brachiosaurus). It was a wonderful show, well-presented and not overdramatized, but I suggest the animators watch more elephants at the zoo before rigging their sauropod. They should be watching elephants, not Tom Hutchinson and the plethora of catastrophist T. rex researchers. Furthermore, the rather bare and non-diverse plant life in WWD isn't exactly considered accurate anymore but I suppose that's just due to the show's age.
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