As I brainstorm the potential warning signs of the upcoming dinosaur apocalypse in my dinosaur series, the scenarios are increasing in number and scale. I have seen nature documentaries that talked about how wolves, coyotes, and mountain lions would hunt domesticated livestock. Also, feral livestock such as cattle, goats, and hogs would raid and demolish crops. Then I wonder how these scenarios would play out if they were perpetrated by dinosaurs. Farmers would be scared, confused, and outraged to find their entire livelihoods gone.
In a previous post, I mentioned one of the potential warning signs that would foreshadow the unfolding dinosaur apocalypse in my ongoing dinosaur series. Now, I have thought of other warning signs that will be found by the public as time goes on. Among those warning signs would be footprints that would appear in populated areas. Imagine waking up one morning and finding giant footprints covering every inch of the streets in your hometown. How terrifying and ominous would that be?
As reverse engineered animals appear throughout my dinosaur series, I thought of creating a new mammalian predator to replace the ones we are familiar with such as wolves, lions, and bears. At first, I thought of looking at something that resembles a saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, short-faced bears, or a mix between all four. However, I am thinking of drawing inspiration from the mammal-like reptiles that lived before the dinosaurs. One of the most prominent example of these mammal-like reptiles were the Gorgonopsids, which were among the first predators to evolve saber teeth. The creature I am envisioning will physically look like a mix between mammals and reptiles. It will be a saber-toothed cat, dire wolf, and Gorgonosid all rolled into one. It will take some time to envision what this beast will look like when it makes it debut in the series. I will keep you updated on any new developments.
As my dinosaur series progresses, I will continue to feature new species of reverse engineered animals that look like their prehistoric ancestors. Among these new animals will be three species of lizard. One lizard will be a large predatory carnivore, one will be an equally large gentle herbivore, and the third will be a small insect eater. These creatures will be the first of their respective species and will be a common sight. The forthcoming dinosaur apocalypse will be a golden age for reptiles. As they are reverse engineered into something that resembles their prehistoric ancestors, they will evolve and diversify in unpredictable ways. Sadly the emergence of these mutated reptiles will have serious consequences on the planet’s ecosystem.
I have splendid news regarding my first illustration for my dinosaur book. I received the last design of the illustration. It depicts the apex predator of Kaligen Island. My illustrator is currently finalizing the design for the actual picture. The first illustration has exceeded all possible expectations. For the longest time, I wanted to visually see what I am imaging rather than just envision it. With this illustration, my wish is coming true. After the finalization process with this picture is complete it will be one illustration down and fifteen to go. I look forward to the completion of this collaboration and see my menagerie of fictional dinosaurs. I will keep you updated on any further developments.
Over the years, I visited the La Brea Tar Pits several times. It is one of the biggest Pleistocene fossil hotspots in the world. The La Brea Tar Pits are what is called a “predator trap”. Large herbivores such as mammoths, ground sloths, and wooly rhinos would get stuck in the tar. Their helplessness and cries of distress become a dinner bell for opportunistic predators such as saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, and short-faced bears. These carnivores would feast on the trapped herbivores until they themselves become stuck. These trapped predators then attract more predators to the tar pit. Finally, all these piled up corpses attract scavengers such as vultures, which also become stuck. This starts an endless cycle where predator and prey become stuck together in the tar, which created one of the biggest prehistoric mass graves in America. I am thinking of writing a scene in my dinosaur series where my fictional dinosaur species get caught in a similar predator trap.
In addition to my first dinosaur book, I will be writing a field guide that gives an in depth description of my fictional dinosaurs and how they affect their surrounding environment. The illustrations that are currently being made will also be included in this field guide. The field guide will be written from the point of view of a high ranking scientist who works for the company that created the dinosaurs. I am forty-two pages in, I have five more dinosaurs to write about, and there are a few sections that require expansion. With any luck, I may be able to publish this field guide and the main dinosaur book at the same time, which will make total published books to ten. I will keep you updated on any further developments. Wish me luck!
I received an update from my illustrator on how the illustrating process will work. I gave him a collection of images that act like pieces to a puzzle along with a detailed list of instructions of which piece goes where. This will give him an idea of what I want my fictional dinosaurs to look like. He is going to start by creating a collection of rough sketches and he will present them to me. I get to choose which of these rough sketches will serve as the template for the final design of the real illustration. This is similar to how filmmakers create a collection of concept art before settling on a finalized design. Above are examples of early unused concept art of Jar Jar Binks, Kylo Ren, and Chewbacca for Star Wars. That is essentially the kind of process I am working with in regards to my illustrator. I will let you know when I get to choose the finalized design of the first illustration. Wish me luck!
One of the most iconic symbols of extinction would be the dodo, which became extinct 300 years ago. The dodo lived off the coast of Madagascar and enjoyed an existence without predators. However, because they never knew what it is like to be hunted by predators, these birds had no sense of caution when Dutch sailors came to their islands. Because the dodos were too friendly with humans, it made hunting them to extinction way too easy. The closest living relatives of the dodo are the Nicobar pigeons, who are also in danger of becoming extinct with only a population of 1,000. Both the dodo and the Nicobar pigeon come from the same family of birds that includes normal pigeons and doves. That means even though the Nicobar pigeon is the dodo’s closest relative, every species of pigeon and dove has blood ties to the dodo. With this in mind, I am thinking of introducing a reverse engineered creature that is similar to the dodo in my dinosaur series.
Now that the agreement with my illustrator has been completed and cemented, I have submitted the description of the first illustration. I am currently on standby while my illustrator begins drawing. I have been waiting for this moment for a long time. We have decided to begin with the apex predator of Kaligen Island. I will keep you updated on any further developments.