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Tom Parker
Artist | Student | Varied
Known as Tomozaurus or Tomopteryx in online circles.

I am a biological science enthusiast with a particular interest in birds, crocodilians, evolution, phylogenetics and the reconstruction of extinct animals + ecosystems. I am currently studying Zoology and Animal Science aiming towards a future in animal research. On the side, I am a freelance scientific illustrator specializing in life reconstructions of stem-birds. I have a degree in Computer Science and have dabbled in game design in the past, focusing on level and environment design. I am a developer for the indie video game Saurian, reconstructing the ecosystem of Hell Creek and bringing it to life using Unity 3D. In my spare time I am also a devotee of Australian rules football and heavy metal music.


Hermann's Bird Snatcher by Tomozaurus
Hermann's Bird Snatcher
Ornitholestes hermanni
Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 + Wacom Tablet 2015

Ornitholestes is weird. Before any of you nerds boo-hoo about the scaly tail, Ornitholestes forms a clade with Juravenator in Cau's coelurosaur megamatrix.

Edit: Updated to match the new formatting established on my Dryosaurus.
I am extremely proud of this infographic on the life appearance of Tyrannosurus rex I produced alongside arvalis for our video game project Saurian. It is so satisfying to show off all the research that goes into our designs. My online palaeo friends will also note that this offers a sneak peak into my personal palaeo/evo-devo research.

Saurian-T. rex Infographic by arvalis
  • Listening to: Above The Earth
  • Reading: The Dinosaur Lords
  • Drinking: Coffee
Upland Forest Saurian by Tomozaurus
Upland Forest Saurian
No fully grown specimens of this animal are known, size here is based on the largest known individual as per Horner et al. 2009 (femoral length 59cm). Trying out a new thing where I colour in the lines with a muted colour instead of leaving it white. I think I like it more. Maybe. You'll see next time when you see what that is I guess.

Edit: The lack of a second forelimb in the background was bothering me so I went back in to edit that. While that was happening I was in a call with arvalis and he gave some suggestions, namely to lighten the grid and human figure and moving the foreground pes back away from the background limb to remove an uncomfortable tangent.

Horner, J., et al. 2009, Comparative long bone histology and growth of the “hypsilophodontid” dinosaurs Orodromeus makelai, Dryosaurus altus, and Tenontosaurus tillettii (Ornithischia: Euornithopoda), Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology Vol. 29, Iss. 3, 2009.

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Sketchy-raptor Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student General Artist
After reading the information regarding the new Saurian Tyrannosaurus, I have a quick query (if it's no trouble). Am I over-feathering the tails of my Tyrannosaurus reconstructions?……
Typically I do leave an area towards the tip of the tail unfeathered, but I'm wondering if I should keep the majority of the tail scaly?
Tomozaurus Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student General Artist
Yes, that needs to be pulled back a considerable way. The Wyrex impression comes from a much more ventral portion of the tail, you can use the inforgraphic as a quide.
Sketchy-raptor Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student General Artist
Would juvenile and baby Tyrannosaurus also have had predominantly scaly tails, or is it possible the integument patterns would change with growth?
Tomozaurus Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student General Artist
I have seen no indication that integument would change on a body region through ontogeny.
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AlexornisAntecedens Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Do you know if there are any remains of Troodon from the late Maastrichtian? Also, is Pectinodon synonymous with Troodon?
Tomozaurus Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student General Artist
There are not and it is not.
AlexornisAntecedens Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Okay, thanks for answering!
XaneFeather Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015
Tomo you thing. Happy Birthday from me again too!
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
Happy Birthday! =) :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake:
Mattoosaurus Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday! :D
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