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Miragaia longicollum by vasix Miragaia longicollum by vasix
This time I have done a much-beloved dinosaur online, after say a month-odd or three weeks of work. This is a purely digital pic of Miragaia longicollum (Long-necked being of Miragaia parish and the Miragaia Unit of the Sobral Formation), the new stegosaur from Portugal. It was from the Late Jurassic (Kimmeridgian-Tithonian Stage, 150 million years ago) Period, Lourinha Group, the foremost fossil formation in Portugal and the place where all its well-known dinosaurs are found.

Miragaia is known for its long neck, of course. Thus it was named as a sauropod-mimic stegosaur, but of course basal stegosaurs like it and the gigantic, roughly contemporaneous Dacentrurus had necks like this. It shared its home with Allosaurus (A. europaeus), Torvosaurus (T. sp), Lusotitan the brachiosaur, Dracopelta, a tiny ankylosaur, and even the primitive tyrannosauroid Aviatyrannus jurassica to name just a few. My plan was to draw some pink Aviatyrannus flocking round the male Miragaia who seems to take up almost the entirety of the pic, but I chickened out.
Miragaia was medium-sized, measuring 5.5-6 meters long (16-20 feet) and had 17 neck vertebrae, more than some sauropods.
Now in this image, Miragaia has a shoulder spike, albeit whether it had such a thing is debatable. There are osteoderms all over its body, making it a tough opponent for any predator.

P.S.-I don't particularly like this one.
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JokerCarnage5 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!
Its beautiful:D.
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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) oh thank you.
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FishFossil Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This guy was in my pipeline.... But I don't know how I can top the perfection before me xD it's exactly how I imagine it, excellent work!
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vasix Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) Thank you. 
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EliTheDinoGuy Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Student General Artist
I'd say this is your best peice yet! Very well done!!
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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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EliTheDinoGuy Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome! :) 
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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most certainly :)
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ihexx Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good lord, the details you put into this are just UNBELIEVABLE :iconwowplz:
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vasix Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Oh, thank you very much, I'm flattered
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SameerPrehistorica Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist
Very nice.I like the Coloration of the Dino.Black/Turquoise.
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vasix Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Thanks!
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SameerPrehistorica Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist
Welcome..
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ShinyAquaBlueRibbon Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student General Artist
I LOVE the colors in this piece. o3o
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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
tHANK YOU!
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Saurophagus Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice Miragaia! This stegosaur deserved more recognition.
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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Miragaia was pretty well recognized actually...:) It starred as a supporting role in Dinosaur Revolution
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Saurophagus Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, but I'm sure it will never reach the mainstream popularity level of even Parasaurolophus. It's certainly more unique than most dinosaurs, having a long neck and looking just overall different.
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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm guessing that that's possible :) Parasaurolophus is pretty famous
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Zimices Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist
Why you don't like this? I think that it is a beautiful paint (nice touch the aquamarine color) :)
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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know....just think it is a bit too darkish in places with that long black stripe and all :)
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Artist
I've even knownest this place is gets even more wetter than modern Africa's Okavango Delta.

And especially has quill-like spikes as possibly!:)
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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Okavango Delta...I don't know if Jurassic Portugal did have such places but here this Miragaia is in one such place
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Artist
Yeah, it because in the background, right?:hmm:
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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmmm....I think so.....
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Artist
An beside, I just heard about the new discovery of Stegosaurus specie is found in Portigal!
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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
another new stegosaur?
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Artist
Read the news title.^_^

www.foxnews.com/story/2007/02/…
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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stegosaurus itself in Europe....that's a pretty strange story....
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Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice dino! But from an artistic standpoint you should try to break away from putting nearly every dinosaur you draw in a marsh/swamp.  Many of these animals were dry land/grassland animals.
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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have done, actually. My next one should be a dino in the mountains :) or trees once more. I just love to paint water textures and reflections, so it just sticks with me a lot.
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electreel Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
It looks beautiful! Very good job! :)

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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) thank you!
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ilTassista Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW!!! one of your masterpieces!!! Clap Clap Clap
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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Thanks! I will be doing more anyway
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