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Cryolophosaurus ellioti by KingEdmarka Cryolophosaurus ellioti by KingEdmarka
A medium sized theropod; Cryolophosaurus was about 6 meters (20ft) in length.  Although its classification has been debated hotly, it was likely a "Dilophosaurid" Coelophysoid (Yes, I said Coelophysoid).  It was the first dinosaur discovered in Antarctica, which was covered in cool, temperate forest during the Early Jurassic.  Certainly not as cold nowadays, but it got a little chilly once in a while.  Before being officially named, it was referred to as "Elvisaurus", for the pompadour-style display crest on the top of its head (a characteristic of some coelophysoids).  It lived alongside the "prosauropod" Glacialosaurus, which was possible prey for Cryolophosaurus, albeit a hard to kill prey animal.  Instead, this Cryolophosaurus decides to scavenge along a beach.  He finds himself a beached ammonite, who's helpless to the theropod's maw.
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daisaspy Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
A recent reanalysis shows that this guy was a unidentified basal tetanuran opposed to a true dilophosaurid.

That's the third time his phylogeny has changed. :I
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KingEdmarka Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wouldn't doubt it.  Do you know where this reanalysis is?  I'm rather curious....
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daisaspy Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
The reanalysis isn't available to the public yet, however. :L
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TarbosaurusBatar Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really wished these things were open to the public more often =(
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KingEdmarka Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww man....:shakefist: thanks anyways though.  I really wish we could get a complete understanding for Cryolophosaurus.
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The-Real-Kentobu Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice pose man. Also, the idea for the ammonite was really good. Makes your drawing very unique. I can never draw one of these guys right. Me and a buddy teamed up in my 12th grade art III class and attempted to do a drawing of Cryolophosaurs in the snow, colored with colored pencils. It was a very large paper, and we got some detail into it. Unfortunately, the semester ended before we could finish our project. He had to do the part with the crest. It just baffles my drawing hand I guess.
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KingEdmarka Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :) Cryolophosaurus certainly need some getting used to when drawing, especially since some people draw it robust, and others lithe. The crest is always a pain because it runs the width of the head.
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Martiitram Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
It reminds me of "Dinosaur Revolution".
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KingEdmarka Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's what inspired this pattern! :)
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Martiitram Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
"Dinosaur Revolution" is one of my favorite documentaries.
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