Sauropods stomping theropods, redux

April 6, 2011

A month ago, I posted an article containing all the examples known to me of that sadly neglected palaeo-art theme, Sauropods Stomping Theropods: Mark Hallet’s Jobaria squishing Afrovenator, Luis Rey’s Astrodon biting/carrying a raptor, Mark Witton’s Camarasaurus grinding juvenile theropods to dust, and of course Francisco Gascó’s and Emily Willoughby’s Brontomerus pieces, both of them showing Bronto giving Utahraptor a good kicking.

I closed that article with a question and a challenge: had I missed any existing pieces on this theme?  And would anyone go out and make a new one?

Well, there were a few interesting responses in the comments and by email, so I thought I’d report back.

First, I am delighted that David Maas was provoked by the earlier article to produce a speedpaint entitled Sauropod Stomp, whose progress he described on his own site (version 1, version 2, version 3), and which I reproduce here:

I love the boldness of this, and the “Hey!  Quit it!” expression on the theropod’s face.

Also partly provoked by the earlier post — it’s an old project, but only brought to completion in response to our challenge — is Brian Engh’s new Shunosaurus whacking the head of a theropod with its tail club.  (We’ve previously discussed Shunosaurus tail clubs here and here.)  Brian also chronicled the evolution of his image on his own blog (version 1 [scroll down], version 2, version 3), and here is the result:

There are a few more Shunosaurus pieces out there, of which my favourite is Mark Hallett’s Direct Hit:

This image was used in Czerkas & Czerkas’s book Dinosaurs: A Global View.  The original painting is for sale on Mark’s site (as other pieces, including the classic Long March).

Todd Marshall also has a Shunosaurus, but I don’t know anything about its history as the only non-tiny version of this image I’ve found is in Wikidino:

(I think Todd Marshall’s pencil drawings are absolutely sensational, as for example in this Spinosaurus, but for me the colour versions of his work seem to lose something in comparison.)

There’s also a Shunosaurus-whacking-Gasosaurus piece that’s cropped up in various places, but I won’t reproduce it here because I am keen to avoid violating his copyright.

And now for something completely different: Brad McFeeters’s unintentionally carnivorous Omeisaurus, about to find a Scansoriopteryx in its salad.  This was done for ArtEvolved’s sauropod challenge.

Har har.

As we now start to head towards the sillier end of the spectrum, there is this, which Jonathan Kane says is by Emily Willoughby (though I’ve not not been able to find it on her DeviantArt site):

And of course this never-to-be-forgotten classic by our own Darren Naish (previously featured here):

Finally, I urge you to watch this video, which has given me many hours of uncomplicated joy.

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13 Responses to “Sauropods stomping theropods, redux”

  1. Lockwood Says:

    This needed to be said… or sung, as the case may be.

  2. Albertonykus Says:

    Most Youtube videos of dinosaur stick figures fighting are rather facepalm worthy, but that one’s quite entertaining!

    One more, Luis Rey’s Supersaurus about to destroy a Torvosaurus:

  3. Mike Taylor Says:

    Luis’s Supersaurus is nice, but it depicts the early phase of an unresolved combat — anything might happen. What I am really looking for is artwork where the theropod’s already lost, and ideally crushed. (It would be cool if Luis could fast-forward the tape by a few seconds and see what happens!)

  4. brian engh Says:

    oh man, darren’s is my favourite!

  5. Adam Baig Says:

    For you dinosaur artists, how about a scene where a Giraffatitan, a brachiosaurid, has a theropod under one of its hands and the theropod is crushed, with the Giraffatitan roaring/trumpeting and looking downward at the crushed theropod. Then, perhaps adding a second theropod, a bit further away, in the action of turning around to retreat, after “getting the message.” This scene would be cool, much like the Barosaurus/Allosaurus scene in the New York Natural History Museum’s mounting.

  6. dmaas Says:

    Had to think of the stomper discussions when i saw this:

  7. Mike Taylor Says:

    David: that is the GREATETS WEB-S1TE EVAH!!!1!

  8. dmaas Says:

    And we need sites like that to see elephant babies getting punted across their pens.

  9. dmaas Says:

    Oops… just noticed that the link is wrong…

  10. Mike Taylor Says:

    David, the URLs you’ve given are inherently impermanent — they just mean “the 23rd newest post on this site”. Here is a permanent link for the elephant one:

  11. Albertonykus Says:

    There’s tons and tons of this in Dinosaur Revolution. Out of the many theropod-sauropod encounters, I can think of only two that ended in any way badly for the sauropod.

  12. James Says:

    Hey, I made that video! Thanks for showing it.

    See the original at

  13. Mike Taylor Says:

    Well, thanks for making it! (Original here at on James’s site.)

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