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Cryolophosaurus skeletal
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So, I ended up making one of these again. Don't worry, there will be more interesting stuff here, eventually.
My primary motivation for this: The fact that there are absolutely no decent reconstructions or restorations of this creature in existence.

Edit: Hypothetical portions shaded in grey.

Edit: Changed the pose—historically the running pose created by Greg Paul was a de facto standard for skeletal reconstructions among 'palaeoartists' but after recent discussions amongst palaeontologists and palaeolife artists, it is agreed that this cannot continue and we benefit both ourselves and each other to work out our own poses for skeletal recontructions. Here I have given the animal in question a more neutral walking pose that may have been typical of it in life (one of the problems that has arisen from the Greg Paul pose is that many artists, especially newer, less-experienced ones tend of constantly draw theropods at full speed, mouth agape, which would have been a more occasional stance to take in life).
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JennaZornes's avatar
JennaZornes|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's crazy that we only have this much of the animal, but look at the relatives to see how it looked, in the old days people would have said it's a dragon or a lizard with a weapon on it's head(it wasn't a weapon I know). But we have come so far in paleontology.
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TyrannosaurusWreckx|Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was really helpful, because I always wondered how much remains of cryolophosaurus. The funny thing is that I've actually meant Dr. Hammer, one of the guys who actually discovered/named it.
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EliTheDinoGuy's avatar
EliTheDinoGuy|Student General Artist
So does this mean that if the crest is grey, it's just a guess? That's disappointing :(
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Archosaurian's avatar
No, the isn't grey, that's just an artefact of shrinking the image.
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EliTheDinoGuy's avatar
EliTheDinoGuy|Student General Artist
Oh, ok :) thanks
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DeinonychusEmpire|Hobbyist General Artist
Do you plan on updating this skeletal to be more in-line with the recent reanalysis of Cryolophosaurus as an undefined basal tetanuran as opposed to a true dilophosaurid?
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Archosaurian's avatar
No, it would probably look pretty much the same regardless. There doesn't seem to be a clear point where dilophosaur-ish theropods become tetanurans, so to say. But theropods in that part of the tree are very poorly documented, my bet is basal tetanurans and dilophosaurs looked quite similar.
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AustralianMarcus|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think so too.
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DeinonychusEmpire|Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, that makes sense. Good point.
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AustralianMarcus|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is this skeletal restoration free to use by anyone or should I credit you?
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Archosaurian's avatar
I would prefer that you give me credit for it.
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AustralianMarcus's avatar
AustralianMarcus|Hobbyist Digital Artist
What would Cryolophosaurus' skull look like if it was staring at you?
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I'd be too busy running for dear life to look.
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AustralianMarcus's avatar
AustralianMarcus|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know how that feels. I've been doing the same thing for years now.
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Darcygagnon|Student Traditional Artist
When I went to Toronto to the Royal Ontario Museum, of the Ultimate Dinosaurs, Giants from Gondwana, I seen the skeleton of Cryolophosaurus and the crushed skull of Cryolophosaurus.
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AustralianMarcus's avatar
AustralianMarcus|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cryolophosaurus is my favorite dinosaur! I'm glad someone came up with a skeletal restoration of this theropod!
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RoFlo-Felorez|Student Digital Artist
why did cryolophosaurus always get portrayed with the big muscular body of an allosaurus for all these years?
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EmperorDinobot's avatar
I love the neutral walking pose idea for skeletals. I'm sick of seeing running dinosaurs. It's like...the mesozoic world got turned into Nascar.
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felipe-elias|Professional General Artist
Be careful, folks, because extinct species are private properties now! Only one thing intrigues me: if paleoart appropriates all references (anatomical features, poses, colors, behavior) from extant taxa, who should be compensated for intellectual property: the paleoartist or Nature?
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Dinomaniac's avatar
aha! but now your ripping me off, cos you see, I used that pose in my Balaur skeletal you see. Your just trying to get that nice Sinkkonen look arent you? Trying to ride on my fame! admit it! Now all your dinosaur poses are belong to mee!

But yeah, I'm probably going to change all my skeletals as well when I have the time. Not because it's recomendation of teh Greg Paul but because I no longer wish my art and reconstructions to have any connection to hes style which I have grown to dislike.
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Archosaurian's avatar
Gah! I admit it!!! All I wanted to be was a Sinkkonen clone, I have no style of my own. Except, you see, your Balaur skeletal has the back foot almost entirely off the ground, and the arms are folded tighter, and the mouth is open wider, and the vertebral column is slightly more horizontal, and the tail is more curvey... hey, Greggy P. said there are an infinite number of poses!

On the more serious note, yes, I think part of the reason I have become bitter with 'palaeoart' has been the Greg Paul style and all the wannabe Greg Paul clones out there, I think his complaints have reflected some of my sentiment that there are too many people trying to look like him and others who are encouraging it that its almost difficult to have your own style and get any attention for it, no matter how much better it may be. He may have been the illustrator for the Dinosaur Renaissance, but I think it's time we moved on, only problem is many don't seem to think so. (I actually tried to betray the Dinosaur Renaissance with this skeletal—it's in a sedate, somewhat inactive pose, it's mouth is only slightly open to show the structure of the mandible, it's a little more upright, it's tail isn't swishing through the air, it's not running at 100 km/hr, etc. and I think that successfully makes it just another animal, not the Pre-Renaissance bloated, lumbering behemoth, nor the Post-Renaissance mega-ultra-super-predator-monster). Plus, I never really felt like I was ever able to cultivate a style of my own until it became too late for me to really be satisfied with my work any longer
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ScottHartman|Professional Digital Artist
I like it, but be careful with the retracting limb; the femur is at the very far range of its comfort zone (which I think would be unlikely for a walk) and the knee is pushing being hyper-extended.
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Archosaurian's avatar
Yeah, I was a bit lazy with that leg, hopefully it looks a bit better now.
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