More on the Mosasaur

Well hello! This week I’ve got a real jawbreaker of a knuckle-ball for you folks… Check out this print I made!

Mosasaur Print Black

It turns out that 90lb computer paper is AWESOME for block printing!

Oooooooh, it’s a Mosasur! If you haven’t been listening, I kinda love these horrible, terrifying monsters. Being of course a marine reptile RATHER than a Dinosaur, they were coolest thing on the block riiiight before everything died. You know, 65 million years ago or what-have-you.

Anyhow, I thought I’d try something a little different. All my other dino block prints are just the bones, so this time I thought I’d try an outline of what the old boy might look like (strictly hearsay of course) and then carve out the part that we know for sure, the bones. Turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself. I was a little worried about the details. But then again I made this with the intention of putting it on a t-shirt, so we’ll see how that goes.

The next two are on construction paper. Just remember, if you ever grow up to be an artist, construction paper, white glue, and the like are just as useful now as they were when you were in kindergarten. And brush your teeth, don’t forget about that, either.

Mosasaur Yellow Construction Paper

If it wasn't for the fact that construction paper will fade to gray after 10 minutes of light exposure, it would be pretty sweet, too.

Mosasaur Black Construction Paper

I messed around a bit with the orientation of it, and I think the yellow one was a lot closer. But this a BIG lino block. This sucker barely fits on an 8 1/2 x 11. Construction paper is bigger than that though. Yessss.

So since the last time I mentioned the Mosasaur on here, I’ve learned something EVEN MORE RIDICULOUS about it, and you can see it pretty well in this print (the black one more than the others). The Mosasaur actually had a second jaw on the roof of it’s mouth that moved INDEPENDENTLY from the top and bottom rows of teeth. It was smaller and more set back towards the throat than the other sets of teeath and it’s purpose was to clamp down on prey and hold it in place as it opened it’s mouth wider to swallow it’s prey. Soooo, what it comes down to is, if the Mosasaur bites you once, just once, you’re through. You’re eaten. You have no hope of getting away because it has an extra freaking jaw, full of backward facing teeth that hold you down (slippery little fish that you are) while it gets a better grip with it’s BIGGER teeth.

Oh, wow.

WEIRD SIDENOTE: I was just listening to my favourite Cryptozoology podcast, THE CRYPTID FACTOR (If you’ve never listened to it, you really should… the episodes are posted here. One episode is pretty good. Two is charming. Three and you’re a loyal, loyal fan. Just keeps getting funnier), and they were talking about a new theory that the Mosasaur STILL EXISTS off the coast of New Zealand. Uhhhhh… Kinda weird since it’s pretty much my favourite dino-type fellow, but also my absolute LAST choice for something I’d want to exist at the same time as. My own personal skepticism in this case being that if man was EVER able to successfully cross a body of water, it was because there weren’t any Mosasaurs around to eat them. Apparently there’s a chance that this is a much smaller off-shoot of it’s massive ancestors and is possibly warm blooded, which does make it much more likely to have survived all this time (warm blood being the reason early whales were able to escape from their greatest predators into colder, arctic waters and therefore survive until today).

I’m gonna look into this.

5 Responses to “More on the Mosasaur”

  1. April 14th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Ray says:

    Ive looked into this. There is a quality record of a cargo vessel sunk by a German submarine which reported a 30ft Mosasaur…or at least they perfectly described and drew it.
    It apparently surfaced twice.
    The other report is all over the web with some argument the creature is a Manatee. Its in the right place for a Manatee in Florida waters but the snout length is more in keeping with a large crocodile. Could also be a large Croc or gator i suppose but gator not sea going saltwater animals like the Salty which can occasion to be found out at sea but on the other side of the world to florida.

  2. April 18th, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Corey says:

    *whistle* Well either way a 30ft croc would be something to write home about, at least to me. You gotta love cryptozoology and it’s vague, conflicting opinions, especially online. Thanks for the update! That’s cool that you found my site… were you here specifically because of this post?

  3. April 18th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Ray says:

    Not quite….was actually looking at recent footage which seems to suggest a submersible alien craft off the sea of Cortez of all things and it linked Mosasaur sighting as part of the crypto site….i did a look around at that …then found your site.
    I beleive people are seeing all these things…..often a grain of truth but usually a rational explanation. Pretty sure the Lochness monster is a large Sturgeon passing in and out of the Loch. Would love the Mosasaur to be real though.
    Sturgeons incidently can do 22ft and do look very reptilain

  4. May 10th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    simonzes says:

    I made a 3d piece based on your art , would like to e.mail you a copy . see if you like it ..

  5. June 6th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Corey says:

    Hmmm, don’t take this the wrong way if you’re a real person, but that last comment sounds an awful lot like spam to me. Oh well.

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