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Tawa - the perfect intermediate by ScottHartman Tawa - the perfect intermediate by ScottHartman
Tawa hallae, the primitive theropod that fills in the gap (both morphologically and phylogenetically) between herrerasaurs and coelophysoids. I'll have a lot more to say about Tawa in the future, but in general I'll say that it shows the order of character acquisition in early theropods was not what I (and I don't think many others) expected.
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Randomosaur Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
Creationists: BUT IT'S STILL A DINOSAUR!!!!1111111
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action-figure-opera Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
herrerasaurus = blacksmithlizard
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
...you lost me on that one.
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action-figure-opera Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Herrera is a Spanish name that means "iron worker", which is more commonly referred to in English as a blacksmith.
The root of Herrera is "hierro", which is iron in Spanish. "Fierro" is another Spanish word for iron; from it comes the name Ferrera, which also means "iron worker", or "blacksmith".

herrerasaurus = blacksmithlizard

However, I know that when it comes to this dinosaur, it's meant as a way to honor some scientist whose last name is Herrera.
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aspidel Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very good news, and excellent work as always.
Two questions about it:
- Is there some evidence of dinofuzz on such basal saurischians? I've seen several restorations with dionofuzz.
- The environment: Dry? Ancient forest? Dry season + rain season? So I wouldn't make too many mistakes.
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No direct evidence of fuzz in basal saurischians. The inference is based on how similar basal ornithischian fuzz (e.g. heterodontosaurid) is to known coelurosaur fuzz. The Late Triassic in general was very arid (and seasonal), but the Chinle was a bit wetter, with enough seasonal rainfall to support substantial conifer forests.
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aspidel Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, I've seen about that fuzzy heterodontosaurid. Looks like a fun critter.
I remember the Chinle Fm. from Doug Henderson's artwork, he painted some very nice scenes indeed, with Coelophysis packs and such.
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Doug's Coelophysis work is really fantastic.
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aspidel Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, those are the pieces I prefer from him. With those warm colors...
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PedroSalas Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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