Yesterday was the day of St.David, patron saint of Wales, and having links with the Principality, some strong, some tenuous, it seems appropriate to mark the event with this impression of Grallator, a Coelophysis-like inhabitant of Barry island, near Cardiff, from the late Triassic. The beast was identified, or should that be surmised, from a series of tracks that included Prosauropod and other Archosaur prints, possibly the best fossil trackways yet discovered in the UK. Unfortunately the site of the find was badly neglected, the trace fossils were substantially vandalised and the best of the remainder taken into protective custody. Similar tracks were found in Nova Scotia, Canada.
James (Jim) Robins, illustrator. Graduated Brighton College of Art 1971, has worked in most areas of publishing in a broad range of subject areas and using many and varied techniques, for more of which go to his website at www.jr-illustration.co.uk.
This blog is intended as an archive and showcase of my natural history and palaeontological work. Samples here cover nigh on forty years, and therefore reflect the ongoing theories of tetrapod evolution over that time, so there will be no apologies for positions of necks, tails and hands, possession of feathers - or not - which may not concur with current ideas. Due to copyright limitations there are many omissions, old drawings often pop up - usually uncredited - in clipart and museum archives. Others, after just a single airing have disappeared into the back of a filing cabinet, never to see the light of day again. Everything shown here is under my copyright, please treat this with respect.
If however, you would like to use any of these images, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org