Cetiosaurus & Proceratosaurus
Duntulm Formation, Isle of Skye Scotland
Although now situated at the north-west corner of Europe, Scotland has not always been positioned so, having gradually moved from the equator to where it now resides over a period of millions of years. During the Middle Jurassic period Scotland was a lot further south, enjoyed a tropical climate and was located in the heart of a super-continent called Laurasia, now fragmented to form North America, Europe and Asia.
The Isle of Skye is one of the best places in the world to discover dinosaurs from the Middle Jurassic period, and researches have recently identified several trackways of a large primitive sauropod dinosaur that waded in the shallow waters of a lagoon, some 170 million years ago.
Cetiosaurus remains are better known from deposits in England, but this is a likely candidate for the dinosaurs that made the enigmatic impressions on the Scottish beach and as its name suggests it was proportioned somewhat like a terrestrial whale.
Proceratosaurus was a small theropod dinosaur ancestral to the later tyrannosaurs and almost certainly had feathers. Here it is depicted taking interest in a horseshoe crab and other detritus washed up on the Jurassic shoreline.
Acrylic on board.
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