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Afrorex hirsutocaude
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Published: February 27, 2013
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Several months ago I wrote already a bit about this species, the african king with the thorny tail, who may killed the Taung child.
A few weeks ago I get a mail of Peter Dart who shows me some photos of newer, still unpublished fossils from Southafrica which will become a neotype of the genus.
Thanks to his very informatic graphics and texts I was able fo, finally, reconstruct the animal for the description.
Afrorex was between 4 and 5 meters long and was maybe the ancestor of Eurovenator and Dsangisaurus from europe. beside the fossil iteself Dart and his collegous also descripe two already known skulls of adult Paranthropus which shows the same marks like the child of Taung.
That's the reason why I reconstruct the dragon here with an Australopithecus as prey.
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KingOvRats Traditional Artist
Now that I look at it it reminds me quite of movie version of Smaug.:)
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
You mean Snaug reminds you of Afrorex! Which was first? Which was first?! ;)
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KingOvRats Traditional Artist
Haha, That's true =P
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;)
grisador's avatar
Great Picture !
Does this species attack humans for simple hunting (like lions) or they attack only when they couldn't find another prey (like Sharks)
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
We don't know if this species ever met Homo but it's possible that they hunted Australopithecus and it's relatives because of their flesh, you must remember: these guys evolved together. 
grisador's avatar
So Humans (Or Humanoid Apes in that time) aren't cause to their Extinction?
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Not really, it's more likely that pandemics, new competition and climate changes pushed this species over the windy cliff of extinction...
grisador's avatar
Wow; Sadly but what kinds of Competition is drive them extinct? Felines; Canines; Hyenas Or Even New Kinds of Rats eating their Eggs?
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
These were maybe also competitors for the species but new dragon species from the north, like Allipolestes, seems to have a bigger effect on the population of Afrorex. 
But because dragon fossils are so rare I wouldn't say "that's it, that was the reason!" =)
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Okay then; Thanks a lot for the Answer ! :D
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
No problem :tip-hat: 
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Fazinierend...
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AlvaroFuegoFatuoProfessional Traditional Artist
Great!
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Thanks =)
wolffuchs's avatar
HAHAH!! Will haben! Sieht der genial aus! ;)
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Leider schon ausgestorben, und seine heutigen Verwandten sind auch nicht zum kuscheln geeignet ;)
wolffuchs's avatar
Unglücklicherweise :(
XD
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
:nod:
Teratophoneus's avatar
der sieht einfach nur geil aus. Die Detailarbeit kommt hier sehr gut zur geltung, besonders auf dem baumstamm-wirkt sehr realistisch :)
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Ich hab in meiner Kindheit viel zu wenige Baumstämme gezeichnet, zwischendurch verspüre ich da eine Nachholbedürfnis ;)
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herofan135Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really cool, I love the pose!
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