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Hesperosuchus Speed Turn

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A reconstruction of Hesperosuchus agilis beginning to turn around at a full cursorial run. The long tail has been given a slightly larger set of osteoderms to act as a sort of "rudder" at the end of the tail, and to help reenforce the aesthetic of a heavy distal tail to aid in turning.
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Kazuma27's avatar
Running croc for the win!
Mechatherium's avatar
The scale pattern almost looks like fur.

I wonder whether the more derived crocodylomorphs had pelage?
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The most basal members of Crurotarsi, from aetosaurs to phytosaurs, to the middle members including these "sphenosuchians" and also notosuchians like Simosuchus, to modern crocodilians, have not just scales but large osteoderms in their skin. They are highly unlikely to have "pelage" (which refers to mammalian hair), much less any other type of "fluffy" integument. The idea is certainly interesting, and Bob Bakker used it for the croc-like gorgonopsians.
Mechatherium's avatar
Well put. But I don't blame Bakker for making gorgonopsians hairy though. They're synapsids, on the line to mammals.
Rafael-Albo's avatar
Amazing perspective.
Algoroth's avatar
Cool little pic! At what part of the turn? The beginning? I think it would look cool if its left hind leg was extended out (towards the left in pic, his right side) and sort of rooster-tailing some sand.
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I didn't think I wanted him kicking outwards in that direction, but that he was kicking behind him, away from the viewer. This ... might not be correct in its positional inference in the step-run cycle into a rapid-acceleration speed turn, but it does look "awesome," and its effect was chosen over a rather specified mechanical "snapshot." The real point as that it looks "plausible."
Algoroth's avatar
It looks fine! I was just wondering.
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A lot more people faved this one than many of the others I've uploaded that day ... it seems to have done a lot of things right!
BrokenMachine86's avatar
I see. Maybe because this isn't a muscle study and the entire animal es covered with scales, but all your works are fantastic! and those anatomy studies are very useful for me and I'm sure many other people too;)
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Well, I draw the tip of the snout, tail, and the hand and foot with skin, fat, and scales, to give an impression of a "dissection," in the sense of my anurognathid "dissection."
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