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Torvosaurus by nemo-ramjet Torvosaurus by nemo-ramjet
I have a few hunches about dinosaurs;

1-) I'm thinking that the thick necks of large theropods supported far more muscle and meat than commonly imagined.

2-) I imagine that most dinosaurs, especially the "reptilian" ones, bore elaborate skin flaps and display structures on their heads. I have no evidence for this, but look at just about any living animal, and then see their skeletons. There's far more to soft tissue than most reconstructions admit.

3-) Dinosaurs, like real animals, sustained injuries throughout their lifetimes. (look at the hand!)

4-) Some dinosaurs may have had their upper leg "buried" inside their bodies. This is the case with most birds and mammals today.

All these "hunches" have been realized in this fun drawing.
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Dinopithecus Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Just wondering and excuse me for any potential ignorance, but the "mound" on top of the neck is a skin flap right?
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Sirian87 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
It looks awesome. I like how the head and neck came out especially. It looks like a classic, lizard-like rendition of theropods. 
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TarbosaurusBatar Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
These are very nice hunches.
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FredtheDinosaurman Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Cool. The Torvo reminds e of a Great White :)
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DYnoJackal19 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
I totally agree with your "hunches."
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Irkenarmada1 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool work here. I imagine that large theropods expressed as much variation (even in similarly-shaped forms) as there is between a lion and a tiger. Even though their skeletal details are nigh-identical, they look very different and distinctive in real life. This Torvosaurus, though it is a stand-alone piece, could be accompanied by related forms (megalosaurs) to illustrate this kind of variety.
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Carcharael Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I agree with you, and I really need All Yesterdays book!
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Irkenarmada1 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is good work. I'd like to see your take on Spinosaurus because of this.
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RajaHarimau98 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool! I like thinking of birds of paradise; we wouldn't know of the outlandish displays they have if we had only skeletons; dinosaurs had to be the same.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Imagine what weird displays dinosaurs must have had...
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