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Brontosapiens by nemo-ramjet Brontosapiens by nemo-ramjet
"-But what use would a mind have if no force in nature could hurt you?"

"-Well, it always helps to remember... and never forget!"

Aside from just being cool, I drew this intelligent sauropod to illustrate one of my educated suspicions about these great animals - namely, the presence of soft-tissue display organs on the skull and (maybe) the neck. If you look at the level of pneumaticity in a sauropod skeleton and observe some of their weird skulls, there is no way something weird WASN'T involved in the whole structure.
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
Holy God.
RedinTooth Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
I love the gigantic flaring nostrils.
cultistofvertigo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
*gigglesnort* Love the tongue.

This sort of reminds me of the sauropods in Dinosaurs vs. Aliens. If you haven't seen this, it's the late cretaceous, and dinosaurs are banding together against an alien invasion. It's cool for a lot of reasons, but stretches the premise a bit when we see sauropods wearing elaborate headcrests. Um... I guess the raptors made those for them? It looks gorgeous, it just doesn't make much sense.

Meanwhile, I won't be happy until I see a Amphicoelias with a full coat of flight feathers.
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Feathers-possibly, but FLIGHT feathers? :P
That would be a sight indeed. How long would the retrices & regime feathers be - two meters long each?
cultistofvertigo Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
For an amphicoelias? Who knows. I just know that it would be AWESOME. Especially if such a talented artist such as yourself took the initiative and sketched it out. HINT HINT ;)

Which reminds me, what ever happened to your website? The neocene project domain has a backup of All Tomorrows, but there was so much other cool stuff there. Like your memetic fauna. I miss that stuff. :c
Chrestovenator Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Is that a paintbrush it's holding, or a smoking-pipe? With the lung volume that they must have, I'd expect them to do their smoking out of cycad-trunk bongs or something ;) . I'm loving the nasal sack, by the way. The huge open nostrils on macronarian skulls have always cried out "giant thermoregulation flaps" to me (like elephant ears, only not ears at all), but this is a really cool idea as well.
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
There was definitely something really weird going on with sauropod skulls, it's impossible for such a mad structure be covered by "shrink-wrapped" skin only.

Would you happen to have a drawing of your thermoregulation flaps?
Chrestovenator Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
...I do *now*! Ha ha, I actually just scrawled it out yesterday, and didn't use any reference for the skull so I got the orbits and everything else completely off (I'm talking 100% wrong here), but I liked it enough to upload it anyways. It... doesn't look quite as stupid as it has always looked in my head. At any rate, this [link] is pretty close to what I've envisioned for a few years now, really those skulls are so freakishly specialized that there could be almost *anything* attached to them. A big dolphin-like fat-melon for echolocation isn't any less likely than a trunk or an air-sack or those stupid flaps I've drawn there.
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Possibly there was some mega wattle-air sac... Like a gharial's "thing," but bigger: [link]
Osmatar Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011   Traditional Artist
Inflatable gular pouch? I like it! With so much neck to work with, I'm sure sexual selection must have come up with something.
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