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Tsintaosaurus, 'Spike-Head'

So ... this is how I see Tsintaosaurus, the infamous "unicorn." The skull isn't complete. The skull drawing shows one idea, and the fleshed-out idea shows another. I submitted this drawing to Prehistoric Times, so maybe it will appear in an upcoming issue ... or not. I'm not worried.
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Aug 26, 2005, 6:42:38 PM
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Sinornithosaurus's avatar
Qilong's avatar
Naw: I had a conversation with one of the authors of the study years ago. It was inevitable.
Xiphactinus's avatar
Very interesting... The hypothesis that assumes the presence of this "valve" on the muzzle, very believable.
MaxterandKiwiKing's avatar
9 years later, and your prediction turns out to be true. Congratulations!!!
MrGorsh's avatar
Given it was a lambeosaurine, it's no surprise to me that your reconstruction turned out to be more accurate than casual unicorn :P Just came here to congratulate your prediction :)
DinoBirdMan's avatar
So this is true.^^
Qilong's avatar
Within given forms of the word "true." Prieto-Márquez and Wagner suggest the "spike" is canted backwards a bit more, which is certainly likely. But the final crest wouldn't look that much different, no.
Evenape's avatar
A 6 year old prediction! Very awesome, good sir! :D
TheMorlock's avatar
Very interesting.
Qilong's avatar
Yeah, I'm pretty stoked about it, too!
DrawingDinosaurs's avatar
Dino-Mario's avatar
Ah,Tsintaosaurus,the mesozoic unicorn
VoltaireArts's avatar
Oh my god!!!

Thats is amazing!!!
Qilong's avatar
Thanks! It took about 3 days ... yah ... a long time.
Lussebullen85's avatar
Sainte-Vincient's avatar
Interesting that your reconstruction should be so similar in some ways to Olorotitan. The paper on Olorotitan mentioned several affinities between the two genera: extra-long neck for a hadrosaur, and something about the arms and shoulders.
I've always liked one of yours. You've seen the photos of the Brachylophosaurus mummy? Very interesting when it comes to restoring hadrosaur integument.
tuomaskoivurinne's avatar
I liked this already when it appeared in Dinosauricon.... that hide sure looks tough.
ZEGH8578's avatar
when stuff is missing, most possibilities stand open
*is deep*

you should allso know that i have actually allready cut that skull out, and saved it as my so far only good skull picture of Tsintaosaurus - AND even let the dotted line stay!
usually i wont allow dotted lines in my archives!
*is righteous*
i got a photo, but its BLURRED. why did that someone bother to take a photograph at all:(
*is tired*
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