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I am very glad to say that I have confirmed a Jurassic-Park-style novel, just like ASDFGirl. Not JP, but similar. It's about a group of five teens that get stranded on an island. This island is the failed result of trying to create a dinosaur-park, and now the animals roam freely. As the hardcore dinosaur geek that I am, there will be a LOT of un-heard-of dinosaurs/animals. Champsosaurus? Pachyrhachis? Cearadactylus? Lesothosaurus? Mauisaurus? Erketu? Zuniceratops? Hainosaurus? What kinds of dinosaur media have these? Ultimately, by adding these amazing animals, I am explaining to my audience that dinosaurs came in more packages than just "Rex, Raptor, Trike, and Bronto." There is much more to these animals than we realize; not only black, white, and fifty shades of gray.

As I was looking through my books for suitable animals, I recalled some animals I learned about before. I was glad to unearth Thescelosaurus, and Monolophosaurus has always been a childhood favorite. Utahraptor was pushed away for a long time; now it is coming back. I was very sceptical of including Velociraptor, in fear of being attacked by the general public, but I threw them in as well. And no book would be complete without my "Classic 8:" Tyrannosaurus, Baryonyx, Deinonychus, Compsognathus, Triceratops, Pachycephalosaurus, Diplodocus, and Stegosaurus, as well as the non-dinosaurs Pteranodon and Ichthyosaurus.

But boy oh boy, was I happy to meet Ceratosaurus. As I was flipping through the pages, my eyes met his. 20-25 feet long, weighing 2 tons, and boasting three ghastly horns on its forehead, not to mention the long, knifelike teeth, a perfect source for nightmare fuel. I envisioned it in my head; a large predator, charging after a herd of Dryosaurus by a lake. It quickly catches up to one, and it grabs it with jaws strong as a lion. The other Dryosaurus can do nothing as its captor carves chuncks out of the victim, eating him alive as the helpless herbivore shudders frantically. The Dryosaurus drops in a bloody heap on the floor, and the Ceratosaurus roars to the sky, blood dripping from his massive maw. And instantly I knew it. This would be my prehistoric monster.

But I should really stay away from "monster." Jurassic Park claimed to portray its dinosaurs not as monsters...which turned out to be a blatant lie. Every movie/book has its villian. Disney's Dinosaur had the Carnotaurus. Jurassic Park specialized in Velociraptor, Dilophosaurus, Troodon, and corrupted/unstable hybrids. In The Ballad of Big Al, Allosaurus reigned supreme. And today was the day I decided that Ceratosaurus should have been my villian. However, it is not actually a villian; just a predator looking for its next meal. It will not be a relentless killer like Velociraptor became, who was shown as an Ax-Crazy butcher who only cared to kill. But regardless of how agressive I portray my animals, Ceratosaurus, though not murderous, will continue to stand out among all others in the novel as an excellent hunter.

DINOSAURS PORTRAYED IN PREHISTORIC PAST(WILL UPDATE SOMETIMES)

LARGE CARNOSAURS

Tyrannosaurus(Not a true carnosaur, but still.)

Spinosaurus

Allosaurus

Albertosaurus

Therizinosaurus

Mapusaurus

SMALL CARNOSAURS

Baryonyx

Monolophosaurus

Ceratosaurus

Dilophosaurus

Carnotaurus

Majungasaurus

​DROMAEOSAURS AND TROODONTIDS

Deinonychus

Utahraptor

Velociraptor

Troodon

Achillobator

Dromaeosaurus

​COELURUSAURS, OVIRAPTORIANS, AND PRIMITIVE CARNIVORES

Compsognathus

Oviraptor

Herrerasaurus

Segisaurus

Microraptor

Gallimimus

​MARGINOCEPHALIANS

Triceratops

Pachycephalosaurus

Zuniceratops

Stygimoloch

Pachyrhinosaurus

Chasmosaurus

​SAUROPODS

Diplodocus

Erketu

Apatosaurus

Brachiosaurus

Titanosaurus

Camarasaurus

​THYREOPHORANS

Stegosaurus

Ankylosaurus

Gastonia

Scutellosaurus

Kentrosaurus

Tarchia

​ORNITHOPODS

Parasaurolophus

Thescelosaurus

Tenontosaurus

Dryosaurus

Lesothosaurus

Iguanodon

​PTEROSAURS

Pteranodon

Cearadactylus

Quetzalcoatlus

Dimorphodon

Hatzegopterus

Rhamphorynchus

​AQUATICS

Ichthyosaurus

Hainosaurus

Mauisaurus

Liopleurodon

Hybodus

Archeleon

OTHER REPTILES/BIRDS/FISH

Ophiacodon

Coelacanth

Alligator Gar

Confuciousornis

Pachyrhachis

Champsosaurus

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