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Spinosaurus aegyptiacus All Yestered

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Entry for the All Yesterdays Contest: [link]

-Yes, I have already made a wacky interpretation of Spinosaurus before [link] but I just kept coming with more! So this contest was a great opportunity to depic this enigmatic animal in a new light.
Traditionally spinosaurus has been depicted as an uber land-crocodile on steroids, but I beg to differ. I have already mentioned how I see a hump in spinosaurus as a much more feasive structure than the sail, more in the style of a bison than a Dimetrodon. I imagine that; feeding on a heavily seasonal diet of fish and carrion, the warm blooded animal might need to storage large ammounts of enegy during dry seasons.
-Further down the list of unlikelyness is the quadrupedal posture. Actually picturing the creature alive makes this much more feasible than it would seem at first thought. Most large theropods have tiny feet in comparison with their giant bodies, let alone the particularly massive Spinosaurus (add the fatty hump and it becomes plain ridiculous). The animal looks completely unbalanced in most modern depictions by standing just on its hind legs, as if would fall flat on its face. The price of having a center of gravity much closer to the nose than the vertical center of balance over the hind legs. Now picture that figure leaning down towards a water mirror to catch fish, and there is no possible way it wouldn't fall nose-first into the water.
Besides granting extra support for its weight, the quadrupedal structure would gran extra maneuverability while moving in shallow water. Spinosaurids are already well known for their well developed fore-arms and provided all the advantages they would provide, its not difficult to imagine the spinosaurs with slighlt longer fore arms, moving and acting like a giant grizzly bear.
-At the bottom of the bucket is the old fashioned trunk as it has been proposed for Diplodocus before. Established as a semi-aquatic animal the trunk might be very convenient. I also noticed how brown bears make use of extremely dexterious upper lips, when trying to catch salmon out of the air. Just thinking about that weird crest in the forehead and the high-up placement of the nostrils... got me wondering.
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RickRaptor105's avatar

Ah, ground zero of the Spinosaurus trunk meme

ToonHolt's avatar

just so i can understand here, this is YOUR interpretation of the Spinosaurus?

Rodrigo-Vega's avatar

Not seriously, no. Specially not today, there's been much new information on it's look since then. I was just playing around with some unlikely ideas and it sort of became a meme.

ToonHolt's avatar

ok, i was a little unsure about that, thx for clearing that up.

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TheSirenLord's avatar
I will never understand All yesterdays
TheCatMandala's avatar
¡Acabo de descubrir tu perfil y me encanta lo qué haces! Tienes un estilo tan limpio y una sutileza para expresar cada acción que se convierte en algo mágico de apreciar. 💛
PalisanderEmpire's avatar
I love that tapir face, this is great!
balaclavaman's avatar
These are great. You have some nice work and a crazy brain!
farhan43's avatar
Quadrupedal Spinofaarus
Rodrigo-Vega's avatar
Well this drawing came back with a vengance xD
farhan43's avatar
The Spinofaarus meme was a hit in the Paleontology Coproliteposting FB group, alongside the spike-thumbed Iguanodon
Rodrigo-Vega's avatar
I know I'm in those groups too :P
farhan43's avatar
Wow, neat!!
I rarely post there because I'm busy..
LindaBedwall's avatar
Really interesting :)
it looks so derpy and cute. love it! XD
Foxy-FiveACP's avatar
Absolutely outstanding interpretation, and a masterful execution of the ideas. Well done.
Sos muy capo, chabón. Creo que este es mi favorito de tus trabajos.
Rodrigo-Vega's avatar
shockaLocKer's avatar
If all species of the elephant family became extinct millions of years ago, do you think we would have been aware they had a trunk?
Rodrigo-Vega's avatar
Hehe. I'm well, we have frozen mammoths with trunks so maybe we would?
shockaLocKer's avatar
Well, I was questioning if a creature might have something on their skin that bone could never show, and if we would ever be aware of it.
Rodrigo-Vega's avatar
Well that is abosolutely a valid question. We know for a fact that we often missed details of the soft anatomy of ancient animals, but also, many times we eventually came closer to a more accurate vision through means other than bone alone. The dinosaur books and magazines of my childhood told use we would NEVER know the real color of dinosaurs, but with todays modern science we know the color of some species down to individual feathers and scales!
So that's something to keep in mind : P
We will be wrong about many things for a long time, but very often with a lot of patience and hard work the missing pieces of the puzzles show up when we least expect them.
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