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Spinosaurus aegyptiacus All Yestered by Rodrigo-Vega Spinosaurus aegyptiacus All Yestered by Rodrigo-Vega
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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:iconjavor911:
Javor911 Featured By Owner 13 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry mate, but this looks ugly as f*%k.
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JonaGold2000 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist
Awesome!
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
They just confirmed stat the Spinosaurus was more than likely quadrupedal.

www.capitalotc.com/spinosaurus…
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Drawtaru Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing!  I love seeing people's interpretations of the soft tissues of dinosaurs.  There's so little we know about those tissues, and stuff like this makes me giddy!
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Imortal-Night Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As much as I doubt this is how they looked I like it.
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trisdino Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Let me see:

Ugly, weird, highly unlikely, well drawn, creative, not technically impossible.

Yup, that is all yesterdays alright, good job.
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Daemon-of-Thealia Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome view of this dinosaur, strange but so interesting :)
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grisador Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Epic as Usual ! (Both idea and Art)  Wow! 
But kind of disheartening...

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randomdinos Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
I never knew David Peters worked with spinosaurs and had a DA account :P
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Only so many people would understand that joke.
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