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Three mongolian noses

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There is just one word to descripe ankylosaurs: weird.
Or better two: weird and awesome.
Beside the obvious fascinating characteristics like thick armor, tail club and very wide back there are some inconspicuous features which make ankylosaurs really interesting for some "All Yesterdays" musings.
For example the strange nasal channels which are known from some species, they are supposed to help the animals to survive in dryer climate but producing of sounds is also a possible usage.

The form of the nasal opening can be very different from species to species and here the speculation begins. I read about the various openings which can be found beside the normal nasal opening of Pinacosaurus, their purpose is unknown and in addition with a few thoughts about soft tissue at modern birds and mammels (for exmaple hooded seals) I reconstruct it with inflatable, maybe colorfull bladders.
After a first sketch I search for more ankylosaurs with intersting nasal openings. Talarurus came onto my screen. This genera is known for very wide obening with an very thin nasal septum, here you can see it well: [link] it's a composition which lead me to a single, fused bladder.
At the same time a other concept arrive on DA ~Quilong's wolly/trunked nodosaur reminds me that the whole animal could be even weirder than I thought.
The last member of this group become Minotaurisaurus. I noted a similar structure like found in Pinacosaurus but more covered with bony material.

Alongside the bladders I reconstruct every ankylosaur with stge-one protofeather-beards; because, how ~Quilong said: "Once one group becomes enfluffled, so too must they all."

(and furthermore they just look like old gentlemen from the victorian age which makes me happy)



Edit: I paint it monochrome because I want to pronounce the form and function, color would have a disturbing effect.
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VanishingSilenceHobbyist Digital Artist
Oh look, they have balls on their face! I would be a shame if someone were to kick them their face balls.
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
I don't know how to react to this comment. 
VanishingSilence's avatar
VanishingSilenceHobbyist Digital Artist
That is your reaction. :^)
Oh look, I found typos
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EvodolkaHobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome :la:
they really suit, even that odd one up there :D
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paleosirHobbyist General Artist
Nice idea!
I also had an idea on Ankylosaur nostrils, namely that they supported fleshy extensions to elevate their nostrils for a semi-aquatic lifestyle (there are more things in their anatomy that points to that).
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MegalosauraHobbyist General Artist
Horrible
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Wyatt-Andrews-ArtHobbyist General Artist
damn that was rude what's horrible about it?
Hyrotrioskjan's avatar
HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
That's a matter of perspective.
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MegalosauraHobbyist General Artist
Yes
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PhiloceratopsHobbyist General Artist
Just love it. I really adore this one. I think it's awesome, especially Talarurus.
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Many thanks :bow:
randomstuffFan's avatar
This "All yesterdays" thing always gets me offguard. More one plate of creativity, served this time inside the nasal cavities of an Ankylosaur. Nice work!
P.S.: WTF is a Minotaurosaurus and why does its nasal "balloons" look so awkward when compared to the other two? 
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Thanks =D

Ups, it's a Minotaurasaurus, not Minotaurosaurus =D
randomstuffFan's avatar
That explains a lot. Thanks.
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
No problem =)
Infernoraptor117's avatar
Interesting, never thought about this before. Do you by any chance know if the modern-day balloon-nosed animals have similar structures in their skulls? I was under the impression it was a purely soft tissue thing. Also, the proto feathers sorta make them look a little nordic or maybe russian (I can totally picture anthropomorphic versions of these in a tavern.)
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist

Thank you :bow:

 

It's very difficult to compare ankylosaurs with extant animals, they are so different from all other creatures living today.

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amorousdinoStudent General Artist
Working on something similar for Jim Kirkland.
;)
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Really? Wow, that's cool :lol:
RomanYevseyev's avatar
Ha-ha! I never would have thought that so maybe :lol:
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Thanks :lol:
Teratophoneus's avatar
das ist so ziemlich der krasseste aber auch so ziemlich awesomste beitrag den ich bisher für AY gesehen hab. Definitiv eine sehr interessante überlegung und sehr schön ausgeführt. Durch die Frontalansicht kommt das ganze auch sehr gut zur geltung. :)
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Danke dir :hug: ich hab lange an dem Konzept gearbeitet =)
Teratophoneus's avatar
kein problem, die arbeit hat sich wirklich bezahlt gemacht :)
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