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Shringasaurus by PrehistoryByLiam Shringasaurus by PrehistoryByLiam
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's) skeletal, 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. 

References:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shringas…
www.nature.com/articles/s41598…
www.eartharchives.org/articles…
digitallibrary.amnh.org/handle…
twitter.com/ashleypalaeo/statu…
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:iconyellowpanda2001:
YellowPanda2001 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2019  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful beast. Never heard of its existence before.
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconmoreuse:
Moreuse Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And i keep learning from your stuff
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to hear!
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2019
 Please allow me to compliment you, PBL on putting together such a splendidly convincing illustration of this singularly-draconian Prehistoric Beast!Clap 
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
I certainly appreciate it!
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2019
 Now THAT'S what I call a properly old-school Prehistoric Beastie; I love, respect and am always nearly always delighted to nibble at the fruits of new scholarship, but sometimes you just want a whacking great scaly reptilian plucked from the Wilderness of Deep Time for feed one's appetite for something straight out of Charles Knight!:D (Big Grin) 
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bluewingfairy Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2019
Good morning, Shringasaurus look wonderful.
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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bluewingfairy Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2019
You're very welcome!😊.
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Hybrid-Dragoness Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to give him a big smooch on the snoot :heart:
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Awww thanks lol
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TheUltraCube6723 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man that's amazing
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
This might as well be a fantastic beast! :D Love it!
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Glad you like it
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Phoenix-God-of-Fire Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2019
Cool. You should do the Mangekyou Shringasuarus next :)
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Huh?
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Phoenix-God-of-Fire Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2019
Hahaha Sorry, bad weaboo joke.

the 'Shringa' in shringasaurus sounds like a mashed up 'Sharingan': a super power from the anime naruto (the red anime eyes with edgy black pupil designs that you'll be familiar with if you've ever preused the DA front page in the mid-2000s haha).

My request was then a reference to 'mangekoyu sharingan' the 'level up' version of that super power in the same anime.
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Ooooh okay
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:iconmatt-baen:
matt-baen Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019
Amazing depiction of a recently discovered creature!
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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koopathecat Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would pat this wholesome beast
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TheDinoDrawer66 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great!  The design looks good, the osteoderms are quite nice. The colouring is also good as well, love the Komodo dragon like coloring.
Overall this is Great and can't wait for the next azendohsaurid
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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TheDinoDrawer66 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome! Can't wait for the next azendohsaurid.
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SpringMonnie Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Unidino
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Concavenator666 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
This is great! I was hoping for a little more color, but I still appreciate your attention to detail.
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! And although I like bold patterns as much as the next paleoartist, not every animal is super colorful.
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Concavenator666 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 14, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
I totally get that. I was just expecting a little bit of zestiness, you know, a dash of red here, a dash of green there.
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Sinnabelle Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm always so amazed at your attention to detail. This is really awesome!
Such a unique lookin' creature too.  
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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Sinnabelle Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :D
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VanishingSilence Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Never skip neck day
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Evodolka Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this looks both awesome and hilarious at the same time :D
the detail on those scales is top notche, must have taken forever to draw and colour them
love the look of that neck, so thick and powerful :la:
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Haha thank you so much! They were quite a doozy
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Evodolka Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome :)
looks it
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:iconmalevouvenator:
This is the iguana monster from Lost World 1960!
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FluffyYutyrannus Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice quad carnotaurus
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:iconprehistorybyliam:
PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Lol thank ya
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:iconbigfatcarp93:
bigfatcarp93 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019
THIS IS WHAT PEAK PERFORMANCE LOOKS LIKE
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:icondjcroc2016:
DJcroc2016 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for sharing about this wonderful creature, it looks really awesome in your interpretation and i've never heard of it before, interesting animal
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I'm glad I got to share it with someone new!
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DJcroc2016 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome, love your work
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:iconjakearmorsmith:
JakeArmorSmith Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just a girrafe that skippes leg day:
Change me mind
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:icondjcroc2016:
DJcroc2016 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how's bout this:
>> has toes instead of hooves
>> no mammaries so no mammal
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:iconbigfatcarp93:
bigfatcarp93 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019
How's bout this:
>> You took the joke way too seriously
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:icondjcroc2016:
DJcroc2016 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no worrys i'm just joking along
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:iconjakearmorsmith:
JakeArmorSmith Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Skipping leg day ruins everything
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