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Spinosaurus by tuomaskoivurinne Spinosaurus by tuomaskoivurinne
acrylics 2010,
Spinosaurus aegyptiacus has been attracted by the smell of a huge, dead coelacanth fish (based on Mawsonia), in the Cretaceous North Africa.

This reconstruction is based on the theory by Jack Bowman Bailey, a paleontologist at Western Illinois University. His studies suggest that, what was previously considered to be a sail, might have actually been a hump-like structure.
I was first inspired to do this, after seeing yoult's work on the subject.
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ToothlessandHiccup Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I am making a documentary about Spinosaurus for a college film project, and I want to know, if this is your work, can I please have your permission to use it in the movie? I will give you credit, and I will not be making any money off of the piece of work. 
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This one too.
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MichaeL-Lewerissa Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
Awesome! :D
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TarbosaurusBatar Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I tend to think of the spines are supporting a meaty, chameleon like ridge.
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Plausible. This was just one of the many theories. Today this illustration is slightly obsolete, as we have more material concerning the Spinosaurus's anatomy, proportions and posture. Guess I need to paint another Spinosaurus-scene... :)
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spinosaurus2000 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice one. Good to see how dA goes right down the toilet, just like any other social media.
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sumoowl Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
and I was just starting to like it here
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frapt Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Did you hear about feathered spinosaurids? Since we now have Sciurumimus it has been proposed that megalosauroids might have had fluffy coatings like the coelurosaurs.
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Weirda208 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful art of an awesome teropod that I love; I appreciate much details, especially on muddy water and even reflections on its belly!-wonderful,traditional art power nah! :w00t: :clap:
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, thank you :)
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tripod2005 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
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SketchySG Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Spinosaurus gets no respect. He's the largest terrestrial carnivore ever found!

And yet, every time he's brought up people are like "Oh, well T-rex was a better hunter and that Spino-dork only ate fish roflmao".

I personally dislike this whole popularity contest thing goin on with therapods. They're dinosaurs; just being that makes them ALL kick ass.
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually I tend to think this issue the other way around: [link]
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acepredator Featured By Owner Edited Jul 26, 2015
Uh...it isn't. You see ten T. rex fanboys for every Spinosaurus fanboy and half someone who actually knows.

It doesn't matter if Spinosaurus ate nothing but fish (which is unlikely in itself) since those fish were giant and well-armed. As challenging as ceratopsians.
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SketchySG Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
I see. I wonder if that dino-fan in the link just watched "Monsters Ressurected". That was a very entertaining flick, but hilariously, horrendously inaccurate. For a guy who enjoys a great deal of artistic license, that's really saying something.

But it's true that Spino was primarily a fisherman. I think what we need is a show that doesn't pit these giant carnivores against each other, but shows us what made each one a unique and deadly hunter!
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have no problem with Spinosaurus, I just don't like the hype around it.
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SketchySG Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Exactly! Hype is a cruel mistress. It's funny how these animals get treated like superheroes or something. But you know, maybe that's the spirit of dinosaurs: they exist half as fossils and scientific evidence, but also half in our imaginations, as the captivating monsters that were REAL. I suppose I can see the reason for hype...
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed, and kids form their opinion about them from crappy "shockumentaries" that ride on science's expense, but still try to sell. And to sell, they can't say dinosaurs were just animals, they HAD TO BE MONSTERS!!!! Because that sells.

As for Spinosaurus, I have no problem with Spinosaurus being as long as 16 or 17 metres. In my opinion, the fossil (the rare) evidence shows it probably was a fish eater, but also opportunistic (we have other spinosaur-fossils with juvenile iguanodont remains in the stomach and pterosaur wing bone with spinosaur tooth embedded in it). Getting "no respect" is a controversial thing to claim.

I too hate these theropod vs. theropod competitions, as it's complete speculation. But people don't understand that. If Jurassic Park 3 CLEARLY SHOWS that Spinosaurus killing a Tyrannosaurus, then it MUST HAVE HAPPENED in real life. Although there are tens of millions of years in time and thousands of miles in geography between these two animals.
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SketchySG Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
I used to hate the third film as I was young and foolish. Since then I'm way different, and I have no problem with it. My only complaints were that the film has a mediocre plot. That infamous fight could've been a 3-5 minute epic battle, but they goofed and made it come up short. I think thats why people don't like JP3.
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sfenton01 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
The Hump theory sounds better than the sail, Simply because the neural spines, are far to thick to be supporting a sail of skin (see dimetrodon for what a sail looks like)

The best theory for the humps use I've heard is that the hump was muscle not fat and used to support the animals back/neck when hunting for fish. Imagine the amount of strain and stress the back of something the size of Spino would be put under when leaning forward, waiting for long periods for a fish, the extra muscle mass seems a likely theory.

Also the hump could've doubled up as a deffence making it look bigger than it really was (spino not much of a fighter, it was powerfully built like many of the other large therapods) And if it had bright coloured skin, could've also been used for display to other spinosaurus
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AsheSkyler Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Great detail all the way down to the subtle water reflections on his belly. (Although I'm partial to dimetrodon when it comes to dinosaurs with big things on their backs. ;) )
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you... And of course, Dimetrodon wasn't a dinosaur.
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AsheSkyler Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
True.
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SameerPrehistorica Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Hobbyist
Nicely done :)
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CorniArt Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
looks great!
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Dark-Hyena Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
Now this is what I was referring to. Paintshopping is good, but not essential in making complex and beautiful backgrounds and colours.

Also, well done in pointing out the spinosaurus hump theory, which I think needs more exposition
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Ulfsark Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the hump gives an interesting shape in the body...
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hammertheshark Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HE WANT NOMZ!!!!!!!!
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Art-26 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
Your works cease to amaze me. What kind of fish is that, its big as hell.
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. For the fishie, I suggest you read the the Artist's Comments.
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Art-26 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
Oh, sorry, I sometimes have a habit of skimming through the comments. My bad.
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's ok. It's just I usually put something educational in them. Thank you for commenting :)
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Dan-S-T Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks like it had a crocodiles head
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BrokenMachine86 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wonder how much weigh that would have added to the animal.
Amazing work!
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Was thinking about the same thing.
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Spinosaurontop Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
WORSHIP
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yoult Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
Tuomas, I think we should link our Spinos together. ;)
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ummm... what do you have in mind?
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yoult Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
Like I linked Matteo's Spino in my Artist's comment.
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Done.
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yoult Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
Dito.
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kfirpanther3 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
how big was the Spinosaurus?
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Original fossil remains were completely destroyed in WW2. According to remaining descriptions and drawings and some new finds we consider it to be among the biggest theropod, at least the longest.
If we drop the exaggerations of today's media, scientific estimations vary from 14 to 17 metres in length and weighting 6-9 tons. The remains of its spines were around 1,7 m making him appear quite tall with the sail or the hump. The skull has been estimated to be 1,75 m long.
We need to find more to know more.
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kfirpanther3 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
why were they destroyed? and by who?
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Excalibur-T005 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
Stromer's original finds were, unfortunately, destroyed in Allied bombing raids on Berlin during World War II.
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kfirpanther3 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
dang!
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Excalibur-T005 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
Yeah. It sucks.
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They were in the Natural History Museum in Munich and the Royal Air Force bombed it on April 24th 1944.
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DinoHunter000 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm really glad to see some new pics of Semi-Aquatic Spinosaurs! It seems every spino picture I've seen lately has to do with it ripping the head off of another T-rex.
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