Tag Archives: PREHISTORY

A YAWNING SNAKE

In The Kaligen Experiment, I featured a mutated species of snake that was as big as Titanoboa. I decided to make it scary with a seemingly perpetually angry expression on its face. At the same time, I added a dash of comedy to the snake’s appearance. The giant snake actually yawns like modern snakes would today.

DINOSAUR CANNIBALISM

Cannibalism is frequently seen as a major social taboo amongst humans. However, it is a completely different story in the animal kingdom. Even dinosaurs were not exempt from cannibalism. The most successful predators would take advantage of every situation that provides food even if it means feeding on their own kind. This weeds out the weak so that the strongest members of the species would continue to thrive. One of the earliest examples of dinosaur cannibalism is the apex predator of Cretaceous Madagascar: Majungasaurus. Majungasaurus was part of a group of dinosaurs known as Abelisaurids, which have a notorious reputation for cannibalism. Most of the carnivorous species of dinosaur in my book series, The Kaligen Experiment, practice cannibalism. In one of my dinosaur short stories, there will be a scene that revolves around a scenario that results in cannibalism.

THE FIRE THIEF

I am so glad that we will be seeing other species of raptors in Jurassic World: Dominion, especially the Pyroraptor. The Pyroraptor in Jurassic World looks achingly gorgeous with its feathers. The last time I saw the Pyroraptor was in the documentary series Dinosaur Planet. Apparently, like the Velociraptor, the filmmakers have supersized the Pyroraptor. In real life, Pyroraptor was about the same size as Velociraptor, which was roughly the size of a turkey.

THE DINOSAUR ADVENTURE CONTINUES

I have reached the 15th chapter of my next dinosaur book. All that is left is eight more chapters and an epilogue. While the last book displayed the surface world of Kaligen Island, this volume will depict what lies beneath the island’s surface. I will be drawing inspiration from prehistoric animals that lived underground. The whole process of writing this book is becoming increasingly exciting!

DINOSAUR EXCERPT

Here is a little excerpt from The Kaligen Experiment: Bestiary:

“The new Synapsids have earned the genus name of Lanxcoma or “Scale Hairs.” Unlike the original Synapsids, the creatures produced by the D-Mutagen are true hybrids between reptile and mammal. Like elephants, Lanxcomas have little hair, which helps carry heat away from their skin and prevent overheating. Their skin is scaly like a reptile’s, which gives them protection from the harsh elements of Kaligen Island. While they lay eggs like reptiles, Lanxcomas are warm-blooded animals that nurse their young with milk glands on their stomachs. Scent glands can be found on their snouts, which they use to mark their territory by wiping their glands on trees, rocks, or bushes. They even possess primitive inner ear bones that give them a more heightened sense of hearing than a pure reptile. Like true mammals, Lanxcomas are equipped with specialized teeth such as incisors, canines, and molars. With the bloodline of the original Synapsids extinct, the Lanxcomas may provide scientists with a scenario of how such creatures could have evolved if they had not died out.”

UNNATURAL VOLCANO

Prehistoric lost worlds often feature active volcanoes. Because Kaligen Island was created by unnatural geological forces, I am thinking of featuring an equally unnatural volcano in the next volume of The Kaligen Experiment. This volcano will have some features that make it stand out from natural volcanoes. I won’t say if this volcano poses a danger to the ecosystem or not, but it will be quite a sight.