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Twin-trunked brachiosaurs by nemo-ramjet Twin-trunked brachiosaurs by nemo-ramjet
I started this as a frivolous joke, but now I'm almost convinced of it... Just look at their frikking skulls!
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:iconmattoosaurus:
Mattoosaurus Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
,THATS ONE BADASS MOOSTACHE
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Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait... Are they communicating with their trunks? It seems so. Like elephants, but... x2!
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Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can imagine them moving their trunks in all directions... If I would see them, I would totally freak out and run away.
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amateurcrastination Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Look at those glorious moustaches
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:iconirkenarmada1:
Irkenarmada1 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What would be the use of these trunks?
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:icontigris115:
tigris115 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Grabbing leaves and squirting water into their mouths.
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:iconthatartisticmofo:
ThatArtisticMofo Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Actually I think it's now accepted that the nostrils were farther down the snout
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:iconlucassobotta:
lucassobotta Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's like a Jurassic Park remake directed by Guillermo del Toro
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:iconkazuma27:
Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why i haven't faved this before is beyond me!
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:iconhareguizer:
Hareguizer Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
It's like an alien octopoid reconstructed a dolphin from just vertebrae and skulls...
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:iconisterk:
Isterk Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
How did you make your symbol?
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
It is a png file with a transparent background.
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:iconolivethebreloom:
OliveTheBreloom Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It looked really silly at first, but now that I think of it you kind of have an idea there.
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
I don't think it'd be as hardcore as double trunks, but gigantic wattles, air sacs and snoods are certainly plausible.
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:iconolivethebreloom:
OliveTheBreloom Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Perhaps something tapir-ish?
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Tapir / turkey snood / gharial snout thing
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:iconolivethebreloom:
OliveTheBreloom Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can really see a gharial snout on a sauropod, now that you mention it.
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:iconladyzind:
ladyzind Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
This reminds me of a quote I once heard, about how if we had elephant skulls but no modern elephants, we'd probably reconstruct something that looked like a giant hamster.
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Entirely plausible :)
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:icondeinonychusempire:
DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so weird... But one of the most awesome speculations I've ever seen.
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Thanks!
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:iconwhalewithlegs:
whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Student General Artist
This is kinda awesome ... don't know how I missed it! :D
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh MY GoOdNeSs!!!!!
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:icondiggermutant:
diggermutant Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They look like Magisters of some sort.
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JohnWarrior90 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
I've seen something like this in a king kong book I bought a few years ago. Some how alot of us see that these species of dinosaurs may be similar to elephants. It is interesting.
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:iconjalaflin:
JALaflin Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'd believe it.
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Haha, maybe? :)
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:iconraven-amos:
raven-amos Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
This belongs on the #grawr twitter tag.
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
What is #grawr? Can you explain a bit more?
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:iconraven-amos:
raven-amos Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
#grawr is a hashtag on Twitter that was "hijacked" by Ed Yong, Brian Switek, and a bunch of other dinosaur fans to discuss dinosaur "facts" that have no basis in reality.

For example - "It is increasingly clear to me that Anomalocaris was a Triceratops. They just haven't rearranged the bits correctly yet. #GRAWR" Or one of my favorites, "Dimetrodon sails absorbed energy that could be redirected into its laser-eyes."
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
Haha wonderful! I'll definitely give it a look...
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Tapejara Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How long did this take you?
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
About ten minutes - this is an extremely crude sketch...
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Austroraptor Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
[link]

Im sorry to "kill the fun" , but its very unlikely these animals had trunks

still a nice art piece tough!
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
I know that "twin trunks" are way over the top, but I don't think something like a elephant seal's "trunk" is out of the question.
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Austroraptor Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I tend to lean more to an inflatable air sac, like those of hooded seals, or those in your brontosapien
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SpelKille Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
The left one reminds me of Octodad :P
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:iconiltassista:
ilTassista Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
not so frivolous a joke: the usual rendering of the head is unconvincing, I am sure that that bone structure means something interesting --- twin trunks or something else.
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
My thoughts exactly, though this interpretation is purposefully over-the-top...
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:iconiltassista:
ilTassista Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
better over the top than below ;-)
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:iconrathika:
Rathika Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
I have a feeling I would understand this if I knew more about dinosaurs/paleontology... could someone please enlighten me?
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Okay, so these animals, known as "sauropods" have skulls with very strange holes in them. But most restorations simply cover them with skin. I think that instead of being bare, their skulls supported some fancy soft-tissue structures, but I cannot be sure of their nature.
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Rathika Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Okay, thanks for educating me; I know a little bit about a lot of things, but paleontology -- or biology for that matter -- has never been my field of generalization (as opposed to specialization, because that's not how I roll). However, I HAVE read a ridiculous amount of sf, so I feel qualified enough to draw random-ass conclusions.

Possible explanations:
- the foramina (had to look up the plural of "foramen") discovered in the skull weren't natural; instead, they were drilled at hatching to provide access to the brain, for cybernetics. (Incredibly unlikely, but it means cyborg dinosaurs, so thus cool.)
- another kind of sensory organ set into the head was located there; the closest analogue I can think of is sharks' electricity-sensing-thingy.
- those critters had four eyes.
- that's where the miniature pilot sat who controlled their biological-dinosaur-mecha.

Also, I finally found the image this reminded me of: [link]
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MallonIllustration Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
Ha!
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:iconweatherfac:
Weatherfac Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's... almost deranged :P
Instead of being an awe-inspiring moment, if the brachiosaur in Jurassic Park had looked like this the characters would probably have run screaming.
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Absolutely horrific.
In a good way
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:iconthomastapir:
thomastapir Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Also, I'm sure you've already seen this, but it still tickles me: [link]

It's like the ideal spec toy I always wanted when I was a kid! (But then, I did have an apparent "Tyrannosaurus" with stegosaur plates running down its back, so I guess that counts for something.)
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Really nice page - though my gut feeling is that there was no "elephantine" trunk, but something far weirder and unique to the group.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
I tend to agree...I meant to tell you, I got a chance to see a Mamenchisaurus in person a while back ([link]), and my impression was exactly what you'd suggested, that there was something very specific and anatomically weird going on with those lateral cervical rays. At the time I was thinking of repurposing them into something fanciful like lateral Amargasaurus spines, but when you posted that drawing with the system of pneumatic sacs I thought, Yeah, you know, that might be right on. Apologies if I'm repeating myself here but it's something I wanted to mention, I thought you might appreciate the independent (layman's!) confirmation or at least suspicion about those weird neck features.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
IMHO the Mamenchisaur neck spines wouldn't support spiny projections, but air sacs between their latticework are very likely. Perhaps mamenchisaurs had necks that looked like living zeppelins_?
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