Final reconstruction of my favorite Triassic animal (and perhaps my favorite non-dinosaurian Mesozoic animal), Shringasaurus indicus. A member of the bizarre archosauromorph clade Allokotosauria, it made some waves when published a couple years ago (2017 I think?) due to its big "hump" on the back and twin forward-curving horns on top of the head. However, as you can see this particular rendition differs from the popular image of this animal in a few key ways. I based my reconstruction on Ashley Patch's (aka PLASTOSPLEEN
, which came about after her realization that the skeletal in the description was just a slightly modified Azendohsaurus. The result is a massive, more front-heavy beast with less of a conspicuous hump and more of a very thick, horse-like neck. With a posture taken from the Azendohsaurus monograph
(sprawling hind limbs with near-horizontal femur and more upright forelimbs), the back now slopes downward posteriorly and the head is raised even higher, which is perhaps a vague convergence with macronarian sauropods like Brachiosaurus and an adaptation to reach the highest-possible vegetation to eat. I initially thought it was quite unusual, although I both much prefer this new appearance and recognize it now more closely resembles another long-necked allokotosaur, Pamelaria.
For the integument, I looked at a ton of extant reptiles like various iguana species, chameleons, and many others to try and come up with a believable covering of scales. Some features, such as the larger scales along the dorsal midline and the banded scales on the tail, are almost universal in lizards and other reptiles, so I typically include them in a lot of my scaly reconstructions. As far as the coloration goes, I've always imagined Shringasaurus as a relatively plain animal, and I ended up with this light yellowish/brownish/greyish tone evoking other large reptiles like Komodo dragons, rhinoceros iguanas and Galapagos tortoises. This seems more than plausible for a large-bodied herbivore living in a seasonal floodplain habitat.
The only possible error I can see in this reconstruction are the hands, which I posed like both of the skeletals but may have been more flat-footed.