Welcome to the Triassic!

A different take on the very first dinosaurs, fully feathered and colored.

Coelophysis bauri, an early carnivore and one of the most well-known dinosaurs

I’ve always had a soft spot for dinosaurs. They are one of the main reasons why I became an illustrator. Their mysterious, ever-changing past helped me develop my imagination and question what I believed were facts. Nothing is static, not even the past!

In this series of dinosaur portraits I want to explore the possibilties of portraying the very first dinosaurs more like their still living descendants… birds!

We’ve somehow accepted that some dinosaurs where feathered, mostly the ones closest to birds. But, we still depict the majority of them more as scaly, skinny monsters than actual animals.

There is now evidence of feathers in dinosaur species wide apart in their family tree. We have pycnofibers (some kind of hair-like protofeathers) in their distant cousins the pterosaurs. We have evidence of hair in our own ancestors, the mammal-like reptiles that ruled the earth before the dinosaurs. All this makes it hard, at least for me, to argue that feathers weren’t more rule than exception for small to medium sized dinosaurs and their ancestors.

So let’s take a new look at our dinosaur pioneers, see them as the magnificent protobirds they were and give them a wider set of possible appearances!

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