As most of you probably know, a few months ago I embarked on a rather in-depth paleoart exploration of one particular group of animals; Proboscidea
. While I never had immediate plans for a "sequel" to this series as it was somewhat spur of the moment, I think I'm ready to dive back into another group. Allokotosauria, the clade of basal archosauromorphs including Shringasaurus, Trilophosaurus, and others. It has the right combination of traits that make it a particularly appealing subject to me: fairly underrated, mostly unexplored in paleoart, weird, and diverse.
I've already completed my favorite member of the group, the big horn-headed Shringasaurus
. Other members I have yet to do are Azendohsaurus, aka "diet Shringasaurus" (currently in progress), Trilophosaurus, Spinosuchus, Pamelaria, and Teraterpeton. Thankfully, Azendohsaurus and Shringasaurus appear the most similar of any 2 members of the group (Spinosuchus looks a bit like Trilophosaurus though), so I hope I won't get bored with the morphology. This will differ from my Proboscidea series in a few ways. For one, I expect it'll be harder to find up-to-date, reliable info on the allokotosaurs. Shringasaurus is the closest thing to a "star" the group has, whereas proboscideans are a fairly well-known group with dozens of genera. Allokotosauria is, however, mercifully less numerous in genera. There's less need to pick and choose which taxa to do when there's only 6. I'm also excited that the scaly skin of these quadrupedal reptiles allows for far more creativity and artistic liberty as goes coloration. I promise not all my reconstructions will be as plain as Shringasaurus.
Stay tuned! I'm excited for how this'll turn out. As always, if you know of any resources you think I could put to use, don't hesitate to reach out.