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Fisher King revisited by ScottHartman Fisher King revisited by ScottHartman
I got access to better scaling and photographiv documentation of the Spinosaurus type specimen, so along with Jaimie Headden's observation [link] that one of the presumed sacrals was actually an anterior caudal, I set out to revisit Spinosaurus.

Of course much is still unknown, but with the help of Irritator (including Angaturama) and related animals like Baryonyx and Suchomimus I feel like the general proportions are probably about correct, although there is room for uncertainty in the pectoral girdle, forelimbs, and (to a lesser extent) hindlimbs.

Edit: Tweaked the scaling on the head, as well as the rate of drop-off in the distal caudals. Ironically the animal stays about the same length, but the slightly smaller head will have consequences for people trying to estimate the length of the longest specimens.

Edit 2: Now with actual update.
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bLAZZE92 Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago
New paper out, I've read it, this thing is a weirdo, a true semiaquatic weirdo, kinda like a dinosaurian early whale. I'm loving it!
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
I read it and the supplemental data...I have some concerns, but I want to spend some time playing with the scaling before forming a strong opinion either way.
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bLAZZE92 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
I suppose among those concerns are the sail and the relative size of the neck and forelimbs? I was very hyped when I left that comment haha

It's a shame that they made digital models of all the bones and didn't bother to publish them at all :sadface:
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
That is very sad, I agree.
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thedinorocker Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
After the little Pic of the new Spinosaurus Mount (the Sereno s one), lot of people focus the attention on that (short?) legs, similar to Majungasaurus proportions, but for me is more interesting the neural spine anatomy in fact if that Mount is correct we should reinterpretate the holotype material with the taller vert as presacral....
what do you think?
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm reserving judgement until I see the paper.
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PedroSalas Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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thedinorocker Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
After the recent post on "the bite stuff" (the good the bad and the Spinosaurus) I just re-study the Spinosaurus head. 
using Yours updated one from your blog as base and putting on the fossil of rostrum and partially dentary I had to admit Olotype and Dal Sasso's specimen appear to be as near as the same size!


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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yup.
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thedinorocker Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
:)
If you want I can send to you my little diagram, or IF for you it is ok I can post here on DA...
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