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Torvosaurus by NTamura Torvosaurus by NTamura
Classic theropod from the Morrison Fm: spinops.blogspot.com/2013/09/t…
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:icontarbosaurusbatar:
TarbosaurusBatar Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very detailed.
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:iconntamura:
NTamura Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Thank you!
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:icontarbosaurusbatar:
TarbosaurusBatar Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.
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:iconiherduleikdragonites:
Awesome! My favorite megalosaur WITH FEATHERS! *favorites*
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:iconntamura:
NTamura Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Thank you!
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:icontheropod1:
theropod1 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Nice one!

I like the pose and the shape you gave it, especially you managed to make the arms look not like whimpy rudimentary appendages but rather a serious predatory apparatus. Just the tail seems a tad too long.
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:iconntamura:
NTamura Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Thank you! Yes, the tail seems a bit too long I agree...
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:iconryivhnn:
Ryivhnn Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always thought the balance on those looked odd.  Maybe that's why the tails were like that? :) Nice work on the skin around the joints in particular.
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:iconntamura:
NTamura Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Yes, the tail was used for balance...
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:iconwesdaaman:
Wesdaaman Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Student General Artist

Pretty good.

 

Except for one thing, I don't think Megalosaurids (including Torvosaurus) were Theropods to have feathers

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:iconntamura:
NTamura Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
Well, you are missing Sciurumimus...
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:iconwesdaaman:
Wesdaaman Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Well, that species may have had feathers, or maybe they were scale quills, like what Ceratopsians had, maybe
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:iconntamura:
NTamura Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Or maybe feather-like structures were a default to all ornithodirans, from pterosaurs to ornithischians and saurischians, only secondarily lost in some families...
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:icontheropod1:
theropod1 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
I'm telling that to others since months, finally there's another person whom I see stating it!

I think the kind of feathery coating you gave it here looks pretty convincing.
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:iconntamura:
NTamura Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
:)
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:iconwesdaaman:
Wesdaaman Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Perhaps
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:iconskull-island-master:
Skull-Island-Master Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
there are rumors sSciurumimus was actually a coelurosaur rather than a megalosaurid.
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:iconntamura:
NTamura Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
But those rumors predate the publication of the description...
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:icontheropod1:
theropod1 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
This was originally a suggestion from from Cau, establishing it as a basal coelurosaur (in the same tree that also showed megalosauroids as the sister group of allosauria, not avetheropoda), but a few people are perpetuating it and blowing it out of proportion (keeping in mind that moron on youtube who had to make a video just to say she didn't like Dinosaurs to be feathered because it wasn't cool).
The specimen shows many megalosaurian traits, and even more non-coelurosaurian ones. And if at all, most coelurosaurs exhibit progenesis, eg. in their slender proportions, small skulls, small adult size, not recapitulation of basal tetanuran traits.

I hence wouldn't give too much weight to this single analysis, after all it's obvious how taxa's positions in phylogenies can fluctuate within short time.
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:iconntamura:
NTamura Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Thanks for the note. Yes, public opinion is sadly always behind...
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:icontheropod1:
theropod1 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
And I think great weight should only be given to those phylogenies that prove reasonably stable throughout several analyses, like the positions of allosauria, maniraptora or tetanurae.
That Sciurumimus is a Megalosauroid is a very big probability based on the given data, even tough I prefer to see it further tested in subsequent publications.
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:iconntamura:
NTamura Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Yes, I agree...
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