Welcome to the first of Weta's special Featured Creature web articles. With each update we'll profile one of Skull Island's exciting creatures in a special, illustrated excerpt from our new book, The World of Kong, A Natural History of Skull Island . This week's first article features the bizarre theropod dinosaur Aciedactylus , a blade-fingered, stalking denizen of the soggy estuary. Learn all about this strange new dinosaur below!
Sharp-edge-fingers devour-crab, 12-15 feet long
Aciedactylus specialized in eating shellfish in the swampy estuaries and mangroves. Broad, splay-toed feet kept the dinosaur from sinking into the sodden mud and sand, but its most peculiar adaptation was the second pair of nostrils mounted atop its triangular nasal crests.
Aciedactylus ' primary nostrils could pinch shut when exhaling, forcing air into the resonating crests and small secondary nostrils to trumpet calls to one another. The main function of these secondary nostrils became clear during feeding. Sealing the primaries, Aciedactylus could breathe through the high-mounted secondaries while most of its head was down in the shallow water or mud of the estuary, grubbing for shellfish.
Its teeth were short and thick for crushing mollusk and crab shells. The placid theropod instead defended itself with long blade-like claws on its fingers, flexing and brandishing them at potential threats to warn them away.
Written by Daniel Falconer
Research by Ben Wootten (花)
Illustration by Greg Broadmore
Explore The World of Kong with Weta!
2005 has seen Weta launch its new publishing arm with the intention of carrying the company's reputation for creative excellence onto the printed page. The first book to be produced is The World of Kong, A Natural History of Skull Island , published in conjunction with Pocket Books and will tie in with Peter Jackson's King Kong .
Written and illustrated by Weta Workshop's creative team, the same designers responsible for the movie's creatures, The World of Kong catalogues the amazing wildlife of King Kong's fictitious island home like a comprehensive field guide. Here's the low-down on what you'll find inside this comprehensive tome-
Full colour throughout!
Over 250 illustrations from the designers of Peter Jackson's new film
Dozens of diagrams
A four-page fold-out species size comparison chart
Foreword by Peter Jackson
Written by Weta Workshop's design team
Six densely packed chapters exploring each of the island's habitats
Skull Island mapped and charted by habitat zones
180 amazing new creature species, great and small
Examination of the ancient ruins and native culture
Grim battles between prehistoric titans of the animal world
A forbidding jungle
And four spreads solely dedicated to the great King Kong himself!
Look for it in stores now.