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Shringasaurus
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Published: February 14, 2019
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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TheHelleri's avatar
TheHelleriEdited |Hobbyist General Artist
I would have called it megaguana. But that's probably why I shouldn't be allowed to name things.
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A3DNazRigar|Professional Digital Artist
Firstly... beautiful artwork. Secondly... I can't believe a creature like this existed on our Earth! It's almost like the closest thing to a real-life dragon, complete with horns!
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DOSHLORD|Hobbyist Digital Artist
For a second I thought that said shagarusaurus

Slightly disapointed that this critter wasn't named after Shagaru Magala, but it looks cool either way
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YellowPanda2001|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful beast. Never heard of its existence before.
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PrehistoryByLiam|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Moreuse's avatar
Moreuse|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And i keep learning from your stuff
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PrehistoryByLiam|Professional Digital Artist
Glad to hear!
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Libra1010's avatar
 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|Professional Digital Artist
I certainly appreciate it!
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Libra1010's avatar
 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's avatar
Good morning, Shringasaurus look wonderful.
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PrehistoryByLiam|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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You're very welcome!😊.
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Hybrid-Dragoness|Hobbyist General Artist
I want to give him a big smooch on the snoot :heart:
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PrehistoryByLiam|Professional Digital Artist
Awww thanks lol
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TheUltraCube6723|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man that's amazing
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PrehistoryByLiam|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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PeteriDish|Hobbyist General Artist
This might as well be a fantastic beast! :D Love it!
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PrehistoryByLiam|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Glad you like it
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Phoenix-God-of-Fire's avatar
Cool. You should do the Mangekyou Shringasuarus next :)
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PrehistoryByLiam|Professional Digital Artist
Huh?
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Phoenix-God-of-Fire's avatar
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|Professional Digital Artist
Ooooh okay
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Amazing depiction of a recently discovered creature!
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