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Iguanodon bernissartensis, one of the original dinosaurs gets 2016 off on the right foot.

Edit: Thanks to bLAZZE92 who noticed a scaling issue with the humeri. It doesn't really impact the overall appearance, but now it's more precise.
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raptor92921's avatar

More like Swoleodon

TheUltraCube6723's avatar
The dinosaur anatomically designed to always be giving you a thumbs-up, regardless of what you do.
Atlantis536's avatar
So there's two enlarged thumbs? Weird.
tigris115's avatar
So what was the motivation behind the supersized forelimbs?
DinoBrony016's avatar
Permission to use this and others as reference for 3D models i want to create?
3D software: Blender 2.78c.
DrScottHartman's avatar
If you are just creating them for yourself, yes.
MrYutyrannus's avatar
Jeez, those are some HUGE hands!
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If you're happy and you know it...oh, gawd, look out!
MrYutyrannus's avatar
XD Like the polar opposite of the T-Rex meme!
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Trying....not...to....react...to misspelled T. rex, even when used to reference a meme...

MrYutyrannus's avatar
Oh, using a dash is incorrect? Huh! Learn something new every day, I guess. 
DrScottHartman's avatar
Quite incorrect. These abbreviations are specific biological nomenclature, so e.g. Homo sapiens is shortened to H. sapiens, and Tyrannosaurus rex is shortened to T. rex.


P.S. The italicizing isn't just to make a point, it's also part of proper biological nomenclature. But since not every website lets you italicize (without knowing some web coding) it's easier to let that slide than the hyphen thing.
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Can we just agree that T-Rex is the common name for T. rex?

ElliottFan13's avatar
One thing I've been wondering- with all the reclassifications and clarifications on various animals... is Iguanodon proper even known from the UK any longer? I've found conflicting information and it just leaves me scratching my head.

Which is sad because Iguanodon's long been one of my favorites. It's such a dapper looking animal!
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It's not clear at this point that any diagnosable Iguanodon remains are from the UK, though there's still ongoing debate as to what should and should not be considered Iguanodon, so I'd let the dust settle before getting too worked up.
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It's very likely that the answer is going to be "due to articulation you don't see the full length in lateral view" but the curiosity itches me, isn't the humerus rather short? if the femur is 102-103cm as mentioned in the appendix 2 of Norman (1986) then the humerus is ~72cm, compared to the 79-82cm from the aforementioned appendix.
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I was all prepared to tell you it was eversion, but you are in fact correct. It's fixed now, thanks!
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paleosir's avatar
Scott, I have a question about Iguaonodon posture:
Could it sit like a panda, or ground sloth? 
Would it's tail be flexible enough for that?
Because, I now drawing an Iguanodon that sits kinda like a panda/ground sloth.
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It probably couldn't comfortably sit with the body fully upright, but I could see them sitting for hours with the body at up to perhaps a 50-55 degree angle. Hope that helps!
paleosir's avatar
Yeah, I believe my drawing was accurate then :)
Sadly, I wasn't satisfied with the end-result, so I didn't submit it...
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Dear Scott

really beautiful. Today, I see Iguanodon bernissartensis by G. S. Paul. although he made work easy for you because he draw the skeletons sooner than you but your  model is more logical than his model. However, I am surprised why the neck do not have masive muscles from Hadrosaurs?

I always imagine Iguanodon with Dollodon bampingi ...Therefore, I was surprised while I see large hands in your model at first. I hope you show us a new model of Dollodon in future too :)
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It doesn't make the process any easier (or harder) if others have done a skeletal first, as I only base them on the bones themselves. As for the neck, Iguanodon doesn't have the sharply downturned anterior dorsals or the elongated dorsal neural spines to support the deeper necks that most hadrosaurs have. 

I'd love to do the other early basal styracoseterna/hadrosauriformes taxa, but unfortunately they aren't in high demand, so I haven't had many commissions for them.
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