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He does turtles too??? by ScottHartman He does turtles too??? by ScottHartman
Yes, skeletal reconstructions know no phylogenetic bounds (well, except they have to have skeletons...). This is Basilemys, a Late Cretaceous "tortise-like" turtle. It looks to me like he could hold his own as a walking foot stool. Or perhaps you could use him to serve cocktails at parties (albeit slowly).
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Hattushilish Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
Or perhaps you could use him to serve cocktails at parties (albeit slowly).

xD Priceless
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DinoLover09 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Riddle:
What is a turtle's favorite food?
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MesozoicMasacre Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm guessing food.
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DinoLover09 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No.
PIZZA!
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RajaHarimau98 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Serving cocktails at parties? Huh, sounds like something the Flintstones would do. :)
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alpharaptor6 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
do you mind if i use this as a reference pic?
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Go ahead. Provide credit or links where appropriate, and have fun :)
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alpharaptor6 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
okay thanks :)
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
It needs to be running and screaming! :)
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Actually I've thought about doing something like that for kicks - the original idea was to do it with a sarcopterygian.
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Desmodeus Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's one thing I found unbelievably cool, when I learned of it. Turtles having land dwelling ancestors, who's ancestors were aquatic... The ancestor's of which were land dwelling and before that, aquatic! :D
I believe some of my friends must be anapsid, the way they change their minds!
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pilsator Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Drawing anapsid skulls gotta be a real relief to you ;)
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ZEGH8578 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
awwwwwwww
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
how is it tortoise-like?
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
The believe in the adaptations the group has for terrestrail and fossorial lifestyles. Look at those big old digging claws!

I don't think they are close phylogenetically, but then I'm really out of my element commenting turtle relationships.
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
First synapsids, now testudines...
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
When will the madness end???
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, the title was my first reaction!
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I know, right?
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MattMart Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great stuff! I suppose "skeletals" (exoskeletal reconstructions?) for arthropods wouldn't be too hard. Cnidarians could be tricky.
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Actually cnidarians were exactly what I was thinking of when I wrote that. Very creep Matt...

With turtles I had to make a tough choice; the carapace and plasteron actually are bone, but of course they obscure internal structures. I ended up going with the shell so it would be more recognizable in a museum sign setting (which is what it was for). Perhaps someday I'll go back and do one both ways.
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