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Good Mother Reptile by ScottHartman Good Mother Reptile by ScottHartman
Maiasaura (not MaiasaurUS) was the first dinosaur to be named with the feminized Greek suffix, changing the name from "good parent reptille" to "good mother reptile". Of course it's only in mammals that females provide such a disproportionate amount of parental care. Living dinosaurs (birds) find fathers equally likely to care for their young. Ahh well, a mammal named this dinosaur...

Edit: Gave it the rigorous and scale bar treatment, changed to my contemporary pose, updated the silhouette and made some minor adjustments to pectoral girdle position.
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:iconkazanlak10:
Not that aesthetics really matter of course, but I do note that your restoration seems better proportioned and less ungainly looking than GSP's as shown in his "field guide".
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ScottHartman Apr 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Agreed on all accounts (although I'm admittedly biased). I will say that the proportions of his Brachylophosaurus both look ungainly and are not correct (I personally measured all of the complete specimens, so I'm quite certain).
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raven-amos Apr 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wait, they had lacrimal horns like a theropod??
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ScottHartman Apr 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No, frontals.
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ScottHartman Apr 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
And it's a single horn between the eyes.
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:iconorionide5:
Interesting spinosaur-like head crest, I never knew it had that.
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ScottHartman Apr 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well, the crest is oriented more transversely than in spinosaurs (that is, it is oriented across the skull rather than along the snout).
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palaeorigamipete Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
was the upper jaw really square like this? it almost seems odd... =)
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ScottHartman Aug 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, there's a beautifully preserved skull and it shows the sharp downturn. It's not so crazy different from Brachylophosaurus though, it's just different from the original attempts to reconstruct the skull from incomplete and disarticulated remains.
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palaeorigamipete Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh okay. thanks for the insight
I guess it would look far less strange if it had the skin on.
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