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Majungasaurus Mating Display by nemo-ramjet Majungasaurus Mating Display by nemo-ramjet
So, those wibbly little arms do serve a purpose, after all...

This was a "glorified sketch" I'd prepared with John Conway for his "All Yesterdays" presentation, about new insights on how dinosaurs might have looked. Too bad my real-life affairs kept me from participating further into this project.

Here, I'm speculating on possible wattles, scales and fleshy bits that might adorn the face of Majungasaurus, a majorly weird abelisaur. Majungasaurus also possessed a bony dome on top of its skull, here I imagined this structure as the base of a big, keratinous helmet-horn.

Another speculation I entertained was the possible use of abelisaurs' tiny arms for intra-spesific displays.
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Paraceratherium Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
wow a theropod with even tinier arms than Carnotaurus. Wonder if they can lift 200+ lbs like T-rex.
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Rexyf Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this picture, he's so adorable looking. I do wonder though, would he actually be able to rear back to such an extent? Not a criticism, just a question.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
I had the same self-criticism after finishing this picture - it has to break its hip sockets to be able to rear this high...

However, kangaroo-balancing on the tail might also be possible.
Or perhaps we can assume this is a longer legged variety of abelisaur?
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Rexyf Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh. Aye, it seems to fall into that area of "nothing says it could, but nothing says it couldn't" btw, love the wattles. I never see those on dinosaur reconstructions, with the exception of the occasional spinosaurid for some reason.
I've recently been thinking of bioluminescant patches on ceratopsian frills. It's pretty out there I know, but I don't think the fossil evidence says it's impossible, and it'd just be a total trip, seeing frills light up like lightning bugs. lol.
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raven-amos Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
"I love you this much...ok, maybe a little more than that..."
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ShinyAquaBlueRibbon Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student General Artist
I would hug him. Yup.
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200napkins Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Let's see that throat-sack extended!
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Actually, now I think that the extremely rugose surfaces of abelisaur skulls may have sported big, hard beaks or similar weird structures....
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200napkins Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Filmographer
It's an interesting possibly - but looking at a crocodile's skull, you might think the same thing and yet, NOTHING! Only warty scales.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Very, very true... which might mean that the entire "look very hard and you can see the integument" game might be hopeless.

It'd still be cool to see abelisaurs as huge diatryma-crocs on thalidomide, however :)
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