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Spiked 'do reptile

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Published: June 13, 2011
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A reconstruction of CMN 344, the type specimen of Styracosaurus. The outrageous hairdo clearly stems from the ceratopsians' experimental college days...

...erm, were most likely for intraspecies display and mate attraction.

Edit: Minor soft-tissue adjustments to the silhouette.
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Archanubis's avatar
So how common are the skeletons for this dinosaur?  And are there any indications of sexual dimorphism in the species (i.e. females having smaller horns and frill spikes)?
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ScottHartmanProfessional Digital Artist
Not common at all unfortunately. With the current sample size we really can't say anything about dimorphism.
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DinoBirdManStudent Artist
Styracosaurus or "Spike" is the nice looking horned dinosaur of da.
action-figure-opera's avatar
You should upload, if at least in your Scrap folder, a version of this with the nose horn curving up toward the head, rather than away.
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ScottHartmanProfessional Digital Artist
But that's not the specimen I'm using.
action-figure-opera's avatar
I know, which is why I suggested putting in Scraps, for my personal admiration, while avoiding the attention of people who might feel mislead.
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Kazuma27Hobbyist General Artist
I definitely have to try drawing Styra, someday...
wonton2's avatar
my favorite Dinosour. this guy seems to be right out of a sci fi novel but he actually existed.
action-figure-opera's avatar
I feel that way about every dinosaur. They blow me away.
Spuderific's avatar
Cheap kid's toys really mess things up.
I say a (supposed) toy version of this dino, and it gave it the fancy frill and the tri-horns from Triceratops.
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ScottHartmanProfessional Digital Artist
Yikes, that IS bad. You are right, most toys (and even most kids books) don't get basic dinosaur anatomy right. Sigh...
Spuderific's avatar
The Deinonychus was worse. It was more like a daschund-raptor
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ChrisMasnaProfessional Digital Artist
I love this one! Used here [link] . ;)
action-figure-opera's avatar
Very interesting. Another inconsistency between depictions. Most examples depict the central horn curving toward the frill, while you've depicted it curving away from the face.
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ScottHartmanProfessional Digital Artist
There are skulls that do both. Most restorations outside of this one are based on the excellent specimen at the AMNH (which Greg Paul has done a skeletal reconstruction of), but there are specimens with horns that bend even further forward than the type specimen that I illustrate here.
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This has long been one of my favorite ceratopsians. Those spikes are pretty impressive-looking.
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mustardofdoomStudent Traditional Artist
Your description really takes the cake =P
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ScottHartmanProfessional Digital Artist
Lol, thanks!
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AlgorothProfessional General Artist
WOW! :chew:
DeinonychusEmpire's avatar
DeinonychusEmpireHobbyist General Artist
Awesome work! Styracosaurus is my favorite ceratopsian.
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ScottHartmanProfessional Digital Artist
Medusaceratops is mine, but that's just for vanities sake. Styracosaurus is really cool though.
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