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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?
ShinyAquaBlueRibbon Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student General Artist
The colors remind me of...a kiwi. :iconiloveitplz:
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.
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.
ScottHartman Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Lol, I think that may be a bit less likely!
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?
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?
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)
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
No, just an artifact of the sketchy style...
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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