Paleoartist Tyler Keillor Reconstructs a Digital Dinosaur
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Project Digital Dinosaur
The Digital Dinosaur project is a concept introduced by paleontologist Tyler Keillor. Seeking funding of $6,000, Keillor has already received support enough to raise more than $22,000 to fund his project. The Digital Dinosaur project utilizes digital technology to create authoritative full body reconstructions of prehistoric dinosaur species. The specific dinosaur that is the current focus of the project is Dryptosaurus, a late Cretaceous theropod of the superfamily Tyrannosauroidea. While Keillor is known for his sculptures in the paleoart field, this project focuses on a full body digital sculpture of the carnivore using the most recent information available to him.
Why is Dryptosaurus a Digital Dinosaur?
Keillor gives a number of reasons for his choice of the Dryptosaurus as a digital dinosaur creation. Primarily the scale of a life sized dinosaur sculpture puts incredible demands on time and resources that can easily be overcome by utilizing a digital model that has no space limitations. Additionally, a digital model can be edited as new information is discovered about the dinosaur species rather than having to create an entirely new sculpture. Finally the use of digital artistry to create this digital Dryptosaurus means that it can be viewed in both 2D and 3D!
Funding For Project Dinosaur
There are still 11 days remaining to help contribute to Project Digital Dinosaur on Kickstarter and while Keillor has already surpassed his fundraising goal for the project, additional contributions will only further his capability in completing this project. As a Kickstarter contributor to the Digital Dinosaur project you will receive compensation dependent upon your contribution level.