Alright, I got it right this time.
This one took months to finally wrap up, but I'm happy its finally complete! Unfortunately, I missed out on the hype-train earlier this year about Spinosaurus' awesome new look. I couldn't add my own reconstruction to the glorious wave of incredible art others had done of this elegant creature since I was so busy. So here's my own very aquatic interpretation of the new, 2020 Spinosaurus. Based on Ibrahim & comp. paper. Spinosaurus is one of my favorites and it just keeps getting cooler looking with every update.
A lot of thought went into very subtle details. I wanted a very water dependent and aquatic look so I added things like smooth, round body shapes, webbed hands and feet, Gharial-like rectangular scales along the back, Sea Snake hexagon scales along the paddle-like tail, a crocodilian throat pouch, and Cormorant-like soft tissue on the legs for extra hydrodynamics. It was a lot of fun and I can't wait to draw it again another time.
I Can See It Now. Spinosaurus Walking Along The Shallow Sea Bed. It's Tail Serving As A Stabilizer And Propulsion, It Does Not Chase Prey Down, Rather It Prefers Hunting Like A Stork, But When It Has To Get Somewhere, This Is What It Would Do. Awesome To See Art Of My Favorite Dinosaur Looking Like This.
It's not, both papers and one skeletal are pretty bad overall (Hone&Holtz, Henderson, Hartman). They all still cling onto some pre-2014 Spinosaurus ideas. Also, Henderson have made Spinosaurus too thin in his 2018 paper, and he made that god -awful estimate of 12.6-14.3 meters and 12-20.9 tonnes estimate with Therrien back in 2007, so he doesn't have a good track record.
Hone and Holtz (2021) actually made some good arguments and Spinosaurus probably wasn't well designed to be a fast pursuit underwater predator. Also we shouldn't automatically dismiss Henderson's paper just because we assume a wider torso will correct the tipping issue, because, as Mark Witton has noted, a wider torso will increase the lung volume fraction and impact buoyancy. Further work is needed.
Amazing, simply gorgeous. Though (speaking as an informed amateur) I can't disregard Mark Witton's reservations about the new trendy Spiny-design. We need more data, dammit!
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Still, yours looks very cool.