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Cryolophosaurus by Pastori by PaleoPastori Cryolophosaurus by Pastori by PaleoPastori
Fabio Pastori's painting favourite by Mike Fredericks(Prehistoric Times publisher:visit the website![link]

acrylic colours with very thin martin brushes
airbrush 4 background

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
(unranked): Tetanurae or Dilophosauridae
Genus: Cryolophosaurus
Hammer & Hickerson, 1994
C. ellioti Hammer & Hickerson, 1994 (type)
Cryolophosaurus (pronounced /ˌkraɪoʊˌlɒfoʊˈsɔrəs/ or /kraɪˌɒləfəˈsɔrəs/, meaning "cold crest lizard") was a large theropod dinosaur, with a bizarre crest on its head that looked like a Spanish comb. Due to the resemblance of this feature to Elvis Presley's pompadour haircut from the 1950s, this dinosaur was at one point informally known as "Elvisaurus".
Cryolophosaurus was excavated from Antarctica's Early Jurassic Hanson Formation (former the upper Falla Formation) by paleontologist Dr. William Hammer in 1991. It is the first carnivorous dinosaur to be discovered in Antarctica and the first dinosaur of any kind from the continent to be officially named.[1] Dating from the Early Jurassic Period, it was originally described as the earliest known tetanuran, though subsequent studies have found that it is probably more closely related to the dilophosaurs.[2]
Cryolophosaurus was about 6 to 8 meters (20 to 26 feet) long, which is significantly smaller than the largest Allosaurus, which reached up to 12 meters (40 feet) in length.
A high, narrow skull was discovered, 65 centimeters (25 inches) long. The peculiar nasal crest runs just over the eyes, where it rises up perpendicular to the skull and fans out. It is furrowed, giving it a comb-like appearance. It is an extension of the skull bones, near the tear ducts, fused on either side to horns which rise from the eye sockets (orbital horns). While other theropods like the Monolophosaurus have crests, they usually run along the skull instead of across it.[3]

"Cryolophosaurus is also of significance because it represents the oldest known tetanuran from any continent — it is the only one from the Early Jurassic."
—William R. Hammer
Classification is difficult because the Cryolophosaurus has a mix of primitive and advanced characteristics. The leg bone (femur) has traits of early theropods, while the skull resembles much later species of the clade Tetanurae, like China's Sinraptor and Yangchuanosaurus. Originally, Hammer and colleagues suspected that Cryolophosaurus might be a ceratosaur or even an early abelisaur, with some traits convergent with those of more advanced tetanurans, but ultimately concluded that it was itself the earliest known member of the tetanuran group.[1] While a subsequent study by Hammer (along with Smith and Currie) again recovered Cryolophosaurus as a tetanuran, a later (2007) study by the same authors found that it was more closely related to Dilophosaurus and Dracovenator than to tetanurans.[3][2]
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kiinastar Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015
Amazing job!
JokerCarnage5 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
SilverWolf738 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
I remember being floored when I read about this guy in 1999. When I was a kid, we were taught that dinosaurs lived on every continent EXCEPT Antarctica. Then he was discovered and now we know Antarctica was a retirement home for many species of dinosaurs that had gone extinct elsewhere in the world.
HalletSchwarzeKatze Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
OMG is so perfect!, I love it!
Eaglesaurus Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
I love this picture cryolophosaurus is one of my all time favourite dinosaurs :D (Big Grin) 
Sparklet-Rayne Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now that's lovely detail.
Eusou123 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
it's pretty good. I love your work
Shaka-zl Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
this work inspired and motivated me a lot in doing a Cryolophosaurus. Thanks
GlitchHawk Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Excellent work!! Beautifully done!
NixKat Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
CuzCreations Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible work. I wish I could view it bigger.
NightingaleWind Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My favorite Dinosaur....Excellent work!
ksdinoboy95 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
I allways believed if they were going to find a dinosaur with the most intact D.N.A.; it would be a crylo! the antarctica cryogenic enviroment keeping the dinosaur in better shape than other places in the world.I believe antarctica had some "flash-frozen" animals that froze in their sleep?we just need alot of money for the right equipment to escavate through the Ice!
blindtetra Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Instant desktop background!
TheDevilReborn Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Thes are amazeing dinosarus you'v done here!
lamnay Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
Wow, you really made them look like dynamic animals.
Teratophoneus Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
really amazing.One of the best pictures of cryolophosaurus! But I think the necks are too long. but its still great.
PaleoStuff Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
Woaah, it's especially the head wich makes sense ... ;)
BlkBullet23 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing colors and detail here. :)
tobi1480 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Catwithoutatail Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
Holy s..t, awsome.
albertarts Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
The best I have ever seen! Without demagogy, This texture and colors are awesome! The best!
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Student General Artist
Awesome colours!
sweetguilmon Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
I love the colors in this picture so much!!
HANxOPX Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bro you're the best paleoartist
Daddy-Warbucks Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your art work reminds me of Luis Rey's due to how colorful it is.
EristoKetz Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
wow its kind of mix of photorealistic, fantasy and psychedelic.
a macro-cutout of one of the eyes with itīs surrounding could be a great abstract motive for itself.
well done!! :)
Jurassic-Park Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
the colours and details are amazing ! i wish i could draw like you :)

I colori ed i dettagli stupiscono! desidero che potrei disegnare come lei :)
Phaedrolous Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Student General Artist
It may only be their heads, but DANG; such details. Awesome work!!
AliaAnor Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
Stunning work, The colours are amazing :love:
LOST14 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
Almost makes me think of a photo. XD
The way the heads are in focus but everything else isn't.
PaleoPastori Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you,..this is one of the force points of this pic
LOST14 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
Awesome. ^^
fagianotyrannus Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sarà un onore essere un tuo allievo,anche se solo per una settimana. Non vedo l'ora di cominciare, e poterti conoscere.

PaleoPastori Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Mi fa piacere t sei già iscritto?..manca poco.
Spero d conoscerti anch'io, e complimenti x i tuoi lavori: pochi, buoni..!!

Angaturama Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009
it looks real
saiyanhajime Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
Fantastic, so striking!!
PaleoPastori Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
On next PrehistoricTime issue #90 you'll can see the same in a different coloured version.
Thank you, let me know if you like it...
Keep in touch!
Silver-Ray Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009   General Artist
I had this picture as my computer wallpaper a while ago, but then my hard drive died and I lost the file; today by chance I found it again :love: Still lovin' it :heart:
PaleoPastori Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
fantastico!! Many thanks
SinopaRapax Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
this is beautiful, and my favourite of your paintings by far.
PaleoPastori Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Lot of friends say the same...thanks! far?...I'm not so old....:-)
Dreamliss Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
What beauties! :heart:
PaleoPastori Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
Pakaranisaurido Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009   Traditional Artist
The colours look great.
PaleoPastori Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
grazie, but actually I don't like green dinos!
Pakaranisaurido Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009   Traditional Artist
Well, anyway they look great!
mmfrankford Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
One of my favorites! Dinosaurs like this just make you wonder what else might be under the ice.
PaleoPastori Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Melissa,
I think this is the exclusive positive result of ice melting!!
in frienship,
mmfrankford Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you and congrats on the really nice Prehistoric Times cover.
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