The Last Day on Earth.
Late Cretaceous, North America
Gorgosaurus & Centrosaurus
As the sun goes down on a hot Cretaceous evening 76 million years ago, two tyrannosaurs harry a heard of ceratopsians, singling out their prey much to the disinterest of its herbivorous brethren.
An interesting conundrum faces artists seeking to portray prehistoric life, in that less information, or less imaginative artistic content, often contributes to a more realistic scientific interpretation; a silhouette requiring less involvement from the artist’s imagination than a fully rendered feathers-and-all photo-realistic montage.
Of course, we shall never know if scenarios like the one I have painted took place. But based on some predator-prey relationships that we can observe today, it is not beyond the realms of possibility.
Evidence has emerged over recent years that tyrannosaurs, and indeed many large predatory theropod dinosaurs may well have displayed pack behaviour, perhaps all or some of the time; hunting their prey as a group, with the more gracile sub-adult individuals chasing down their quarry, only for the older and heavier animals to make the kill. Although still conjecture, perhaps we are witnessing here the outcome of just such a situation; the hot Cretaceous sunset being the last for this particular ceratopsian dinosaur.
Acrylic on board.
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