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Therizinosaurus - The Turtle Beast by nemo-ramjet Therizinosaurus - The Turtle Beast by nemo-ramjet
When Therizinosaurus was first discovered, its remains were thought to belong to a gigantic, turtle-like animal, hence its species name, "cheloniformis."

What if this was indeed the case?
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
I hope something like that actually lived at one point in Earth's history...
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ElSqiubbonator Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Well, there's always Stupendemys. . .
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Indeed - that was a giant among turtles.
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Student Writer
I guess this "therizinosaur" is a huge relative of modern soft shelled turtles?
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Yes.
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avancna Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They originally thought what are now known to be claws to have been ribs, yes?
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
AFAIK, the claws were assumed to be proper claws, just mega-sized on a turtle-like animal. Real-life softshell turtles have big claws, superficially like those of t.saurids: [link]
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avancna Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, I'm quite familiar with softshell talons...
Too familiar...
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Did one scratch you, ever?
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avancna Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*hoists peg leg onto table*
It not only picked its beak with my tibia, then it picked my pocket.
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