On a trip to the Natural history Museum in London aged about 10 my parents bought me a poster of various dinosaurs to colour in. I remember quite vividly tackling it with my felt-tipped pens and deciding that one thing I really needed to include was a black dinosaur. The Iguanodon I selected of course was a grave disappointment since I obliterated all of the black lines that delineated it’s arms and legs and scales (and of course the eye and nostril) so that I basically was left with a black blob filling (as I recall) the lower right portion of my poster.
I have on occasion nudged palaeoartists with a few suggestions in the past (like here and here) and this is another for the list – let’s have some more black dinosaurs. After all, not only is black quite a common colour in some animals (at the least there are plenty of black, or at least grey, birds) but dinosaurs would have suffered from the same mutations as other animals and the possibility of a melanistic Tyrannosaurs or Velociraptor to go with things like melanistic penguins or zebras would make a nice image as well as of course more common melanisitc animals like black leopards. So let’s see some black dinosaurs, or albinos or amelanisitc ones, the odd one must have existed from time to time.