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Miragaia longicollum by EmperorDinobot Miragaia longicollum by EmperorDinobot
Miragaia is a newly described genus of stegosaur hailing from Portugal. It's interesting in that its neck had 17 vertebrae, whereas sauropods had 12-15 neck vertebrae, in other words, Miragaia had a long ass neck, especially for a sauropod, and it was covered in plates. I also opted to go with spikes for the anterior park of the skeleton, and gave it a shoulder spike, even though these parts are not known.

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WorldSerpent Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm curious about exactly why Miragaia had a longer neck than other stegosaurs. It was probably related to its diet or something like that.
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
Probably filled a niche left absent by sauropods, etc.
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JacobSpencerKaiju79 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009   Traditional Artist
Um, you do know you put sauropod instead of stegosaur in the Artist's Comments?
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
Read the whole thing again, please. I'm comparing Miragaia's neck to that of a sauropod's.
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JacobSpencerKaiju79 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009   Traditional Artist
Ok, sorry. This what happens when I comment late at night.
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PsychoWillyX Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009   Traditional Artist
What kind of hair gel does he use?
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
Plates are hard bone and leather.
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PsychoWillyX Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009   Traditional Artist
They didn't have cows back then... Is it human leather?!
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Dilong-paradoxus Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Good job! I think the head should be a little longer. Most Stegosaurs have pretty long heads...and the the back thighs look like they're leaning back too much.
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
Any longer and the head would have looked huge. Maybe you mean...lower? Trust me, I did the proportions right.
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Dilong-paradoxus Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I just mean a touch. And no, I don't mean lower.
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
Any longer, and it would look too long. This is a stegosaur, and this is how the proportions are according to the paper, and the skeletal.
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Dilong-paradoxus Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I see.
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tonymuyo Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I thought this animal was so freaky looking. Very interesting looking though.
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ZombieSaurian Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Student Digital Artist
awesome, but the neck looks a little to short, but that could just be me, again great work
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
The neck is well proportioned. Any longer and it would look freaky. Don't forget this stegosaur's vertebrae are kinda small and short.
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ZombieSaurian Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Student Digital Artist
ah yes, now that you mention it it does look well proportioned.
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
:p
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Sphenacodon Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
It would be nice if they found more sauropod imitators...
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