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Sciurumimus Skeleton by Franz-Josef73 Sciurumimus Skeleton by Franz-Josef73
Skeletal reconstruction of the newly described juvenile megalosaurid Sciurumimus from the Solnhofen limestone of Bavaria. Most life restorations depict a full, bushy tail, small head, longish legs, and stocky body, but the actual specimen shows the longest fibers are restricted to the anterior portion of the tail, the head is enormous, the legs short, and the body very shallow and slender, in keeping with its juvenile morphology. He's cute. The scale bar here is 50 cm.
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
May i make a prediction?
It will turn out this guy is a baby compsognathid (not because i'm opposed to feathered megalosaurs, far from it, but because this guy, especially in the skull department, is too much reminiscent of good ol' Juravenator ;)).

Awesome skeletal, though i'd guess he/she was also quite fluffy on his/her body... Sort of like a sparrow with a long tail and teeth!
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Franz-Josef73 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Could very well be, on both accounts. Compsognathids may even be megalasaurs, or vice versa. Who knows?! The degree of fluffiness on this paritcular little guy could be either: 1) preserved in full, 2) preserved in part, 3) preserved in full, but he was molting/diseased, 4) a combination of 2 and 3. The vaguaries of fossil preservation and interpretation are ever-present!
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree!
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Pyroraptor42 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
great! this is very useful!
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Franz-Josef73 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm happy to hear that!
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Pyroraptor42 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
and happy chirstmas!
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JWArtwork Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, are we sure this is a megalosaurid (or maybe a juvenile), instead of a very basal coelurosaur:? Nicely done, btw. :)
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Franz-Josef73 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's interpreted to be a megalosaurid by Rauhut and coauthors, so I'm just passing that along. Of course, it will undoubtedly change in the future as these things so often do. Being a juvenile, there's all sorts of issues in resolving phylogeny...witness the mess that is Raptorex!
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pilsator Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This totally rocks my boxers.
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Franz-Josef73 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope that's a good thing.
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pilsator Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Presumably, yes. I'm impressed by your work.
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Franz-Josef73 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The skull bones need some work. The squamosal and others toward the rear aren't so clear so I'll need to update the little guy in the future.
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Harley-1979 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do they know what era this is from?
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Franz-Josef73 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's from the Kimmeridgean Stage of the Jurassic Period. About 151 to 152 million years old. Same as Archaeopteryx and Compaognathus.
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Artist
I like their proto-feather crest on it's forehead. Good job.:)
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Franz-Josef73 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lots of baby birds have feather tufts on their heads so I figured why not.
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Artist
Because it was cool.:suggestion:
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