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Schyte Lizard


Segnosaurs. Along with spinosaurids, they're my favourite family of theropods. I love everything that's kind of weird. And therizinosaurs are the weirdest of them all. Long sauropod-like neck, little beaked heads, huge claws and enormous beer-belly. Why don't like them?

Yes, that's right. This guy is Therizinosaurus cheloniformis, the giant member of the family. Incredible beast. Looks like a patchwork from different kind of dinosaurs. And we changed opinions about it for so long. first was a giant turtle, then a big mean predator, then a big clawed and scaly ostrich and then this: a Tyrannosaurus-big, herbivorous and feathered coelurosaur.
The problem with Therizinosaurus is that we have little remains of it: apart from the gigantic arms with swords-like claws and some foot remains, it isn't very complete. so, to portrait it in the most realistic way, I looked to the best preserved segnosaurs. Erlikosaurus, Segnosaurus and the most well preserved of them all, Nothronychus graffami.
The result is a very bulky maniraptoran. I don't like the obese and yet skinny restorations of Therizinosaurus, so I bulk it up with skin, fat and muscles. the results are pretty impressive: that's an animal you shouldn't piss off, even if you are a Tarbosaurs-sized predator.
And once they said that those claws are too fragile for self-defence. Bullshit.
Also, a huge difference is the pose. There isn't written anywhere that therizinosaurs couldn't move in a horizontal-way while walking like any other theropod. Yes, they had a more upright posture, but they didn't have a broomstick in their asses.

Therizinosaurus ( /θɛˌrɪzɨnɵˈsɔrəs/; 'scythe lizard', from the Greek therizo meaning 'to reap' or 'to cut off' and sauros meaning 'lizard') is a genus of very large theropod dinosaur. Therizinosaurus lived in the late Cretaceous Period (late Campanian-early Maastrichtian stages, around 70 million years ago), and was one of the last and largest representatives of its unique group, the Therizinosauria. Its fossils were first discovered in Mongolia and they were originally thought to belong to a turtle-like reptile (hence the species name, T. cheloniformis — "turtle-formed"). It is known only from a few bones, including gigantic hand claws, from which it gets its name.

Coloured with Pantone. Based on ostrich and giant panda.

References: S. Hartman, G. S. Paul, J. Headden

Enjoy it!

PS: Sorry for the colours's quality, bad scanner

EDIT: added a better file. It was in need for a high-resolution picture.

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DaBair's avatar
Love the colors!

I wish Therizinosaurus was more well-known. It seems like a really cool dinosaur - I mean, it's a plant-eating dinosaur from a family of meat-eaters!
Cyansky95's avatar
I really like the idea of the bald ostrich like area and the coloring, very nice detail!
Smnt2000's avatar
Yeah, me too. I would also love to make a giraffa/ostrich cross, but the panda combo is still pretty suggestive. Thanks mate!
Evodolka's avatar
love the coloration and design :D
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CartoonBen's avatar
You know, the panda and ostrich sound like a VERY creative idea, Smnt2000 (The panda colors kind of fit the herbivorous lifestyle and descriptions of Therizinosaurus just as much as the ostrich color schemes for its legs, tail, and pelvic region fit the bird-like features it shares with other theropods such as Tyrannosaurus. If Walking with Beasts used the color schemes of a giant panda for Chalicotherium, then you can use that particular color scheme for a herbivorous relative of the theropods yourself). You should try making your own paleoart of Nothronychus while using a giraffe color scheme with some bird or reptile color schemes that would be a fitting choice for that dinosaur (unless you already made nothronychus).
Smnt2000's avatar
Actually Nothronychus has already been done…

For an in-depth look you can go here: ktboundary-smnt2000.blogspot.i…
CartoonBen's avatar
Oh well. If I made a misinterpretation on your work of art, we all make mistakes. The point of my comment is that I think you're talented. Just like all the other good artists that I've been learning about on this website.
Smnt2000's avatar
No problem dude, I didn't write that reply in any mean way - sorry if it sounded like one.
DeviantArt sure is a site full of talented people. And thank you for your nice comments!
CartoonBen's avatar
You're welcome.
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DoqCollars's avatar
I love the danger floofs so much oml so fluffy and look at em claws
Keehsay's avatar
These are big claws!!11
Smnt2000's avatar
Sometimes. Not always.
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CJCroen's avatar
Not only does this look great, but the wings make an excellent reference (I've been extremely confused lately over how Therizinosaurid feathers connected to their giant, Nightmare Fuel-errific claws)!
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CJCroen's avatar
You're very welcome!
Gummasaurus's avatar
I don't know about the bare legs, but this is great! I've always liked to imagine these guys to have neck feathers that they could poof up for display...
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