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Therizinosaurus by nemo-ramjet Therizinosaurus by nemo-ramjet
Sketch of Therizinosaurus with an almost penguin-like, erect stance.
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Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
Fantaztique!! Btw are their feet really that stumpy?
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ShinyAquaBlueRibbon Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student General Artist
The colors remind me of...a kiwi. :iconiloveitplz:
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic. I think the upright pose you illustrated is probable for feeding and confrontation. I expect them to have leaned forward a bit more (but still quite upright) when they were going somewhere that took more than a couple of steps, as walking would be more efficient that way.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Thanks! I'll refine this according to your feedback and prepare a more fleshed-out reconstruction. I also speculated about t.saurs spending most of their time on their backsides, shuffling about baby-style ([link]) and getting up only to walk and run, but that might have been unlikely.
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Lol, I think that may be a bit less likely!
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011   Traditional Artist
Interesting. I wonder how it would look walking in that pose though. Would bending the knee even further cause problems?

The feathers remind me of something I was wondering about a day ago: did therizinosaur have the kind of complex protofeathers that could be green in colour due to structural color, or were they restricted to melanins?
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
This idea grows more and more on me as I study theizinosaur and bird skeletons, but I have no professional conclusions.
Perhaps therizinosaurs sat most of the time on their haunches, and moved forward in a weird "baby-butt-shuffle" mode, [link] (like this movie,) with wing-like flaps of their arms helping them shuffle forward. They could do a plodding walk or move Greg-Paul style as juveniles, or when they really had to run.

I'm not sure about the green color - it was speculative. Most likely they were dark brown or black, covered with feathers - or spikes or pongolin-type scutes?
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marcoornithodira Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Is that a fourth claw in the right hand? (I'm not implying that it is)
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
No, just an artifact of the sketchy style...
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Ashere Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congrats! You have managed to take a weird, specialized animal and make it look far, far weirder. This is a handsome looking Therizinosaur.
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