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World of Teeth - Psittacosaurus

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Recently I've been thinking of ideas for a potential dinosaur game (that will most likely never make it past concept stage, but it doesn't matter). Sort of my own personal response to the ever rising tide of dinosaur games, their tropes and cliches. I call it "World of Teeth". The premise of this hypothetical game is essentially a modern take on the Carnivores/Primal Prey formula, revolving around hunting expeditions in an alternate universe Earth populated by rough analogues to our world's prehistoric animals, without a lot of story on the surface but a fair bit of subtle storytelling in the maps themselves.

The design philosophy for World of Teeth is to focus on lesser known genera (no big names like T.rex or Triceratops), and to keep the skeletal anatomy accurate to contemporary paleoart on one hand, while going absolutely hog wild with speculative tissue, keratin sheaths, spikes, feathers and more on the other hand, to make something that isn't necessarily educational nor necessarily "awesomebro", but rather something that's unique and my own.

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Here is my concept for the Psittacosaurus. In the World of Teeth, this dinosaur lives in dense forests, occupying a niche roughly equivalent to wild boars. Its diet consists of roughly 90% plant matter- leaves, berries, tree bark and cycad fronds- and 10% smaller animals, eggs, bones and carrion.

The Psittacosaurus' quill coverage far surpasses what we usually see in paleoart today. Instead of one row of quills on part of the tail, likely for display, this animal has quills cover its entire tail and a significant portion of its upper body. The quills on the tail are long and sharp, and, much like porcupine quills, are used for defense against predators. The rest of the body is covered in different types of scales. While pebble-shaped scales are the most common, the tan-colored underbelly is covered in long, rectangular scales more like those of squamates than dinosaurs.

The beak has an extensive keratin coverage which gives it the appearance of a parrot's beak, making it a useful tool for breaking hard plant matter as well as scavenging. The same keratin coverage also greatly extends the length of the horns.

This dinosaur displays a very distinct sexual dimorphism; mature males have prominent brow horns, a horn-like protrusion on the beak, and curved, tusk-like side horns. The side horns in particular are used mainly during the mating season, as they are locked in contests of pushing and shoving for reproductive rights. The males' coloration is primarily a metallic green, similar to some species of birds and insects. The females lack brow horns and nose horns, and their side horns are far more subdued- more in line with contemporary paleoart depictions of Psittacosaurus. Their coloration is more about camouflage than display, predominantly brown and black with only a few specks of metallic green here and there, somewhat similar to peahens.

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That's it for now. I have a few rough ideas for some other dinosaurs, not sure if I'll end up drawing concepts for them or not but at the very least I wanted to get the Psittacosaurus out there.

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GermanoMan101's avatar

Hey Poharex, so it is settled on Earth in an alternate evolution?

GermanoMan101's avatar

So. FMM UV 32 like animals in Earth. HAHA that's a cool hunting simulator lol! I'm serious it's cool. I love alternative evolution, i'm a spec fan.

GermanoMan101's avatar

Creepy and cool. Nice draw Poharex.

CreaturemasterProds's avatar

Idea:


For the Baryonyx , maybe it could behave and look like a smaller version of Spinosaurus, at least in regards to the tail? Since I imagine you'll have prehistoric crocodiles, maybe it would behave more like a grizzly bear and fish from the shore/in very shallow water. An additional alternative would be to give it waterproof feathers and behave like a certain species of egret (the exact species escapes me) that folds its wings around its head to create a shelter to lure fish within striking distance.

Poharex's avatar

Ooh, that's interesting. Awesome idea.

DinoDragoZilla17's avatar

Ooh, very interesting! Will you be including creatures from outside of the Mesozoic in this game idea? And how obscure are these genera going to get?

Poharex's avatar

I was thinking of possibly including creatures from all eras, but not large Cenozoic mammals (maybe for a future sequel or expansion ;) ).

How obscure? Whatever I think is cool, really, with preference to animals that aren't already well known from Jurassic Park or WWD (looking at you, Postosuchus!)

DinoDragoZilla17's avatar

Ah, OK. I’m curious to see who you’re gonna pick!

DinoDragoZilla17's avatar

Ooh, very interesting! Will you be including creatures from outside of the Mesozoic in this game idea? And how obscure are these genera going to get?

Patchi1995's avatar

Idea:


For a Pachycephalosaurus, that both sexes of these dinosaurs had sharp theropod-like teeth on their beaks, perfect for preying on small animals, young and/or weak dinosaurs, eating carrion, shredding tough vegetations, and especially being piscivore, scavenger, and kleptoparasite. Larger animal prey can be killed by a bite to the head or neck, or (in case of a young, or small adult) simply pinned down and mauled. Predatory behavior in a Pachycephalosaurus is typically taught to whelps by their mother. Otherwise, they used crown-like cheek teeth, for grinding on meat and, especially vegetations, makes a Pachycephalosaurus an omnivore. They can use their tongues to eat termites and honey.


The males have bright yellowish colored skull-heads based on the sun and fire, and the tips of their spikes are blood-red, but their eye patches and nostrils are dark blood red, while females however do had bright colors, like the males, but dark-indigo with their spike-tips being light pinkish-mauve, and their eye-paches and nostrils are bluish black, and the female's dome is marked like one front of a magenta human skull. Both sexes however had their skins being in the shade of dark-grey, while their proto-feathers can be based on a mix between striped and brown hyaenas in the markings and mane. Females are 12.5% bigger than males, and the sleuths can be ruled by the oldest, aggressive, and/or powerful matriarchs.


Pachycephalosaurus can be considered the biggest and the most deadly pachycephalosaurs, but most of them, like smaller pachycephalosaurs, can be gentle omnivores. Unlike most dinosaurs and birds, which they lay eggs, female pachycephalosaurs can give live birth, and as young and newborn pachycephalosaurs are born flat-domed, but they grow their domes by age. Even in winter, even Pachycephalosaurus can be solitary to head to their den for their hibernation, but sometimes they can be woken in search of food without any harm to one another. Their behavior is like a mix between the blackbear(Ursus americanum) and the common warthog(Phacochoerus africanus), the way that the minimum social is one individual, and the maximum is like 16 adults(e.g. 1-6 boars + 1-16 sows).

Poharex's avatar

Wow, you really went in detail here! Cool idea.

Patchi1995's avatar

Thanks! Plus, a full-grown Pachycephalosaurus can stand 1.1 meter tall in the hips and measured 12 feet long, based on its skull alone being 2 feet long. This dinosaur's rival whose a pachycephalosaur-mimicking troodontid whose skull(from the tip of the beak to the edge of the spikey crown/frill) measured 3 feet long, whose a frilled and nocturnal Werrysaurus zachus.

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For Majungasaurus, maybe give the males a scythe head horn and the females having a knife head horn. But you can change it to fit a more accurate look

Poharex's avatar

Interesting, and cool idea! Thanks for the suggestion!

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I got more, so just ask me via notes! 😁

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Feel free to send them my way.

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