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Marshosaurus bicentesimus by vasix Marshosaurus bicentesimus by vasix
Thank God I am back after all those internet issues and shit like that....my idea was to revisit the mossy, alga-filled swamps, and here we have another one, this time from the Late Jurassic, the Kimmeridgian, at least 155-150 million years ago, from the famous Morrison Formation of North America. This is Marshosaurus bicentesimus (Othniel Charles Marsh's lizard of the bicentennial of the USA), which is a fun kind of name. It is a megalosauroid, and a smallish one at that, about 5-6 meters (16-18 feet long).
Now, I used some of Scott Hartman's skeletals to do the basic body and frame of the mother Marshosaurus, and ended up bulking up this short-legged, long-tailed theropod thanks to its feathers.

Now, Megalosauroids were adorned in feathers ever since Sciurumimus was discovered...and now the rumors that it is actually a coelurosaur have screwed the entire idea of this picture up beyond bloody compare! The idea was simple: draw a spotted theropod with fluffy, primitive feathers, resting like a big cat. Fluffy enough to have any indication of its fenestrae and crests obscured by that gorgeous, stroke-tastically soft fuzz. Well, at least I wanted to have it draped across the branch like a large cat, like a resting leopard maybe...only somehow I missed yet another mark. Posture....does this look natural at all????? The mom Marshosaurus will make an ass of herself when she tries to pick herself up from the branch to join her kids.

She'll end up falling right into the water!

Also, those water plants in the foreground....I haven't got a clue as to what those really are, I just added them to bring out the environment. And one baby Marshosaurus has gone and caught a lungfish. What that adult is up to...holy shit I have no clue....

but anyway, enjoy....the last fluffy megalosaur you might ever see....
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Jeda45 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
Fear not, for integument preservation in basal dinosaurs is somewhat spotty. I heard about possible evidence of a feathered Dilophosaurus somewhere...
Besides, the analysis that found Sciurumimus to be a coelurosaur included only one megalosauroid, and it's known from only a juvenile, which means that its phylogenetic placement is more up in the air than a Nyctosaurus.
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vasix Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank goodness for that. At least there's hope. Actually I'm not worried since there's quite a number of feathered megalosauroids on the net
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Tyrannotitan333 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Marshosaurus... in a marsh. I can only wonder if that was intentional...

 

Also, just because Sciurumimus might be a coelurosaur, it doesn't necessarily mean that we won't get anymore feathered non-coelurosaurs.

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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah well....actually a copy of that mossy swampy background layer from my Nasutoceratops was still left behind, and I thought of going for it! 
But then it was a pity Sciurumimus is now a coelurosaur. I does make things a little less interesting. I was saddened by the news, and anyway, we have feathery carnosaurs thanks to Concavenator :)
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Dragonthunders Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
pretty good, I like the texture. 
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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you
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electreel Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
You do like duckweed, ha? :D
Very lovely picture, as always! I don't think there's any reason to stop depicting megalosaurs as feathered as long as there is not evidence on the contrary. 
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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I do like all these waterplants, it always adds a dimension of life to the picture, that there is always greenery :)....and thanks, I think that speculation is always necessary, but the new classification of Sciurumimus...eh...that was sorta sad...
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Beautiful picture! About the posture, it's pretty good, but as you pointed out risky for a biped. I'd expect it to be more "perched" with its foot and heel on the branch. Judging by modern flightless birds I'd say at least the end of the snout should be bald, and I really don't think the leg would be either brightl colored or blue. Most large birds have dull legs. 
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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My mind instantly went to the blue-footed booby at one point, and I anyway thought of adding scalation on the leg instead of naked skin.
About the posture....do animals in the real world get into embarrassing situations like this adult Marshosaurus seems to have got herself into?
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saltytowel Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Vicious things :O
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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
only if we people portray them as such :)
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saltytowel Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Maybe they have good intentions at times, hmm? :)
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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They do this time, mostly...the only dead thing here is a lungfish, and there's no blood at all
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saltytowel Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Yeah, very clean and professional kill ;)
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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Personally, I am unable to stand all these people who depict prehistoric animals murdering something and with blood spattering everywhere. That's why I always draw peaceful scenes, even where major predators are concerned.
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saltytowel Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
I can understand. I personally don't really like violence explicitly depicted in drawings. Just love it more subtle if there's violence, plus it creates more drama. Example: A drawing of two people about to engage in a battle (say one holds a broken bottle in one hand and the other one is about to stand up from a chair looking at his opponent)  versus a drawing of one man lying in a pool of blood and the other one laughing in cackles. The first imo creates good drama which the second one lacks. Plus, we skipped the bloody part heh.
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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Trust me, I get what you mean. I have drawn men in battle for comic projects, and the tension before the fight is what truly brings a sense of atmosphere out.
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