When I was a kid I was fascinated by these long neck fellas. When you're a kid you don't really think about how strange their crazy necks are, only as an adult did I spend any time thinking about it. I came to the conclusion that they likely kept their large bodies out of sight and sidled their toothy little heads on up to groups of fish. Only after doing this painting was I told thats the prevailing theory on the subject. "Whoops, accidentally did alright" is what I hope they put on gravestone. Overall I'm quite pleased with this piece, it was a fun challenge to figure out a time friendly method of how to paint a school of fish. Those fish are Pachyrhizodus minimus btw.
DFW Airport is celebrating 45 years this week!! Seventeen thousand acres were purchased to build the airport at a cost of $68 million. The airport would ultimately cover more than 29.8 square miles. When excavation for the airport began, workers uncovered the bones of a 70-million-year-old plesiosaur. With a grant from Braniff Airlines, SMU graduate students reassembled the skeleton of the 25-foot-long creature.
*On Jan. 13, 1974, the first commercial flight landed at the airport. It was American Airlines Flight 341 from New York, which had stopped in Memphis and Little Rock.
Eight airlines started service at the airport, which originally had three runways and 56 gates. The largest carrier at the time was Braniff Airways, with 152 daily flights.
When Congress deregulated the airline industry in 1978, American moved its headquarters to Fort Worth, the first of many corporations that would relocate to North Texas. Exxon, J.C. Penney, AT&T, Fluor and others moved to the Metroplex, partly because the airport had so many direct flights to U.S. cities and it was centrally located, making flights to either coast about three hours long.
*Latest update: Still making history...
In June 2018, DFW Airport opened a fully functioning emergency room on airport grounds, located in Southgate Plaza near the Airport Headquarters and Rental Car Center. With this opening, the facility became the first actual ER on an airport's property anywhere around the globe.
Happy #FossilFriday everyone! 🤠🦴⛏
Moving away from the mammals or the last two weeks, we have an impressive reptile with an even more impressive name, Thalassomedon (meaning “Ocean Lord). This big guy was an American #plesiosaur a group of marine #reptiles that first evolved in the #Jurassic period. Note I said marine REPTILES because these guys are #NotDinosaurs. Plesiosaurs came in two main flavors, the short-necked, big-headed variety like Pliosaurus and the long-necked, tiny-headed variety like Elasmosaurus and our friend Thalassomedon here. Now why have such a long neck and small head like that? Well, the best hypothesis I’ve heard is that this allowed these long-necked plesiosaurs to hide most of their body away from schools of fish, snake their heads into the middle of the school and snap up fish. This tactic allowed these “carnivorous sea giraffes” as one of my colleagues called them, to get very large without scaring off skittish prey!
Fósseis com Vida #2 - Rhomaleosaurus cramptoni .
Esse plesiossauro do Jurássico da Inglaterra me fascinou e essa réplica está no Museu de História Natural de Londres. Visitei esse museu ano passado e fiquei mais de 3h em frente desse fossil, desenhando e tentando aprender tudo que eu podia naquele lugar mágico! O primeiro fóssil desse animal foi encontrado em 1848, um esqueleto quase completo. Esse esqueleto foi depois quebrado durante o transporte para um novo museu, e suas pessoas pararam em coleções particulares! Por enquanto, as réplicas, feitas em 1866, são as únicas em exposição pelo mundo. .