Hornfels - Child Of Stone Picture

“Mantled in molten rock, sustained by the energy from the innermost center of Earth, was Oohkotokia curled up in many blissful years before plutons trembled at his emergence from his tectonic shell. Young and igneous did he, blinking, tread his first steps into the light and warmth of the sun. Nature, as it is to all living things, was not kind to this frightened and confounded hatchling, leaving him to be weathered by the bitter cold and darkness of natural selection, till sedimentation harden him in body and mind. Endless fields of gravel, adorned with the sturdiest of mountains, Gaia’s offspring did bear upon his back like a mantle of shields. A spitting image of the very womb that gave him life, he was endowed with a moon of his own, revolving around him to ward off all who dared try to harm to him. This metamorphosis gave Oohkotokia the courage to face whatever dangers came his way and to reach out to others in need.”

Artwork inspired by eggs, development of life, and the Earth during the Campanian epoch (75 million years ago). The word “Hornfels” refers to a group of contact metamorphic rocks, known to be highly durable in some cases. All ankylosaurid specimen from the Two Medicine Formation were once thought to be members of the well-studied Euoplocephalus, but as of current have been redefined as the recently identified genus Oohkotokia. In ankylosaurids like Oohkotokia, small osteoderms and tail clubs have the most resistance to exterior force, making them excellent for defense and attack. Large osteoderms, on the other hand, were not as durable but greatly vascularized and are speculated to have greater function in display and thermoregulation. One of the most recent hypotheses about ankylosaurid defense is that they would flee from an attacking predator, their armored hides protecting against any heavy brush and their clubbed tails keeping the attackers behind at bay.
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