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As wonderful of a concept that it is, it's sadly impossible to travel back in time to witness these amazing animals alive and breathing. However, through the power of human imagination and piecing together the fragments that were discovered, we can speculate of how these creatures might of looked like. Science is an infinite, ongoing process of refining and data collecting and it's necessary to pull the plug on outdated theories for the sake of progress (not matter how wondrous they are).

This thread is a celebration as-it-were over progress of Paleo Art and the imagination of said artists. Whether it be funny, cringy, scary, awesome, or just flat-out bizarre. The art can be of any decade (even of 2010's) so as long as it is considered out dated.

Have fun and Enjoy your day.
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Probably the most well known first attempt of at constructing a dinosaur. He speculated the creatures design based on a tooth fragment (from what I can remember). "The teeth looks like iguana teeth, therefor the rest of the body must look like an iguana", but to be fair he did have a limited amount of evidence. But still a nice sketch.
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Flying Ankylosaurus. I wish I knew what this was from.
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>>3983924
It's like a prehistoric dumbo. Good find.
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Edward Newman's take on Pterodactyle's in 1843 after evidence of hair was found in fossils
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>>3983956
>flying opossums
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>>3983924
>Scientists have found skin impressions which show that it had gliding wings
You have got to be shitting me. This isn't an /an/ edit?
posting this in the next dinosaurs had feathers thread
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>>3983924
iirc this was in a game on a children's book in which you had to find out which dinosaurs were fake
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>>3983956
>>3983961
Those are extremely based and soulful
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>>3983924
>>3983980
These are from a children's book. In this question you had to pick wich one of the dinosaurs is wrongly reconstructed.
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>>3983984
>In this question you had to pick wich one of the dinosaurs is wrongly reconstructed.
Thank god.
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I adore the retro spinosaurus, when they though it was a tyrannosaurus with a sail.
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>>3983956
Terrifying
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>>3983984
I'm relieved and disappointed at the same time.
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>>3983991
Acrocanthosaurus is close enough for me
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>>3983991
I want to go back
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Another classic paleo art example, the iguanadons of the "Crystal Palace", however they look like they have seen better days...
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>>3984640
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Good thread, will contribute to it. Here is a land mosasaur (they did the same thing with cryptoclidus in wwd).
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>>3984640
Love this. It looks like something out of Hodgson.
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T.rex back in its early years.
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Knight’s works may be outdated, but they’re beautiful
>also depiction of a large theropod being active when they were still thought of as dumb and sluggish
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>>3984640
>>3984694
Back when we thought anything with reptilian features would just pick up fights with other reptiles.

thought to be fair, geese do this.
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>>3985220
An absolute classic, it may be old but by God these dinos would be so fun to animate.
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I have been looking for this example for since yesterday. In keeping with the theme of this thread, many artists were working with limited data, so it is safe to assume back than that “if it looks like a lizard, it probably was”. It is still funny as hell.
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I have been watching “Walking with Dinosaurs” again and I somehow found the final episode more depressing the more I think about it. Not only did these magnificent beasts die out of no fault of their own, but the more we discover about them, it begins to paint a different light of the biology of the animals in the show.

We now know that T.rex most likely had a massive growth spurt in its first 1-2 years of its life and most likely would of have been as big as a cow before leaving the nest, however I can’t help but feel that this fact just shows how malnourished these chicks are to stay this tiny in 3 months.

A sad ending made even sadder by science…
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Not so much paleo art, but paleo art commentary and I tend to agree (most of the time) with these reimaginings as a common double standard in the community, however there are alway exceptions. *cough* crocodile *cough*
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>>3984640
SOVL
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>>3985437
Don't feel too bad anon, if it weren't for their extinction we wouldn't have all kinds of wacky prehistoric mammals to enjoy. Plus walking with beasts is the better series imo
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>>3985473
To be fair, throw some feathers on that swan and it's pretty good.
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>>3983922
>"The teeth looks like X teeth, therefor the rest of the body must look like X"
A good amount of species are only known for their teeth, a lot are reconstructed that way
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>>3985437
>>3985543
We need more documentary about paleozoic/cenozoic life but boring zoomer can't watch something about prehistoric life if it don't have muh raptorerinos and bad ass awesomebro trex from jurassic world the movie.
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>>3984699
>>3984703
Looks like something out of the movie Heavy Metal
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>>3985220
That pic is comfy as fuck
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>>3985220
>Catch me Anakin!
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>>3985419
Didn't they realize that it would've been too heavy to walk like that?
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>>3985741
>zoomers are the ones obsessed with T-Rex and raptors
Boy, "zoomer" really has just come to mean "anyone who I don't like" huh?
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>>3985741
>bad ass awesomebro trex from jurassic world the movie
I will never forgive them for turning the original T. rex to a deus ex machina in all those movies and making it into a good guy dino who fights the bad guy dinos and only eats bad people
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>>3985859
idk what you mean this is accurate. heck i saw one of these the other day
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>>3983956
>AAAAAAAAAA
>AAAAAAAAAA also.
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>>3985758
So has Boomer. It's based on whether you want to call the person you're insulting young and stupid or old and out of touch. That's it.
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>>3983924
Why so many spaces in text on no.5???
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>>3985959
stretch mode of text, have you used word in your life?
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>>3985959
it's called "justified formatting"
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>>3984640
wtf is this escherian nightmare vision
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>>3985220
>pomf!
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No Idea how real this is, but the theory that cyclops got their design from elephant skulls that Greek sailors would find on their voyages is too cool.
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Hello OP here, I am so happy to see that you guys are enjoying this thread. As I was looking through the page I remembered the YouTube channel I used to watch "Your Dinosaurs Are Wrong". I thought the channel was abandoned, because of it's slow update schedule, but it is now posting again!

This channel is taking the stereotypical designs of popular dinosaurs and editing them into their modern day forms.
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>>3983956
>evidence of hair
pycnofibers. that stuff was not hair and not down but a third kind of structure. pterodactyls are much strabger than they were made to appear.
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>>3985862
plans to move to wyoming: scrapped.
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>>3983912
ancient sailors thought they found living dinosaurs, but it was actually whale penises
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>>3986857
Oh yeah? Never heard of the stuff but dang thats cool, I should also have mentioned that Newman the artist was not a paleontologist but an artist who thought dinosaurs were neat and read pop articles, this is the 1840's equivalent to those "what color were dinosaurs really?" pictures that flood the internet.
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>>3986863
It is simply not 4chan if there is no obligatory dick joke! Great example and great joke slippage.
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>>3986863
(Same anon) I meant it as a complement, so sorry of any offence.
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>>3984640
Kino imagery
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>>3985419
Kek
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>>3983912
I know its easy to say "how could they have thought that?" in hindsight in a lot of situations, but seriosuly what were they thinking with this? We know what elephants are and what they look like, why would they not think that this was just an elephant if anything?
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>>3985758
shutup zoom
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>>3986850
They're too pozzed
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>>3983912
Manmoths?!?!
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>>3987426
IKR It looks more like a fat warthog in high-heels needing a serous dentist appointment.
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>>3986850
Sounds really reddit, I imagine it's all "omg did you know birds are dinosaurs????"
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>>3987043
Your guess is as good as mine and that is why it's the thread's main image. Humour, cringe and weirdness all mashed into one.
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Elephants are big, dinosaurs are big, therefor dinosaurs are elephants!!11 But in all seriousness I have a really soft spot for this hypothesis of Diplodocus.
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>>3986863
Leave it to a bunch of sailors to get excited about large penises.
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remember having a dinosaur magazine as a kid that had this image and pic related. Thought there were two different types
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>>3986598
Imagine how disappointed they'd be if we told them.
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>>3987848
>>3988087
Feathers ruined dinosaurs
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>>3987026
:D
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>>3989032
Stegosaurus and allosaurus doesn't have feathers
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>>3989287
So what's outdated on those? That's how I still imagine them, haven't seen many feathered dinos but then again I don't watch the news or dino movies.
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>>3989296
Just the raptor-like ones I'm guessing
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>>3983912
I want to go back
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>>3985028
>Hodgson
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>>3989296
That Allosaurus is really outdated, it is supposed to looks more like this
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>>3984059
i think that Acrocanthosaurus had a hump-like sail instead of a spinosaurus-like sail (but i think that it might had a short musculous hump-like sail).
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Why are boomers so mad about new discoveries being made?
If anything it only makes dinosaurs cooler.
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>>3990161
The skull looks completely different. Did they just make it up in the 30s?
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>>3987043
According to the description it's a sketch of the carcass in situ, not a reconstruction of the living animal.
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>>3983924
To be honest flying stegosaurus was cooler.
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>>3990173
They didn't found any spino skull yet, only a fragmented jaw bone
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>>3990173
Stromer, the guy who discovered it, only had a piece of a jawbone to work with. He could tell it was a theropod and the jaw was strange but reconstructed it more like the skull of known theropods to be conservative. It was only when more complete specimens like baryonyx and suchomimus were found did we realise it had a thin head
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>>3990161
I always thought spinosaurus was a goofy looking thing. Sails are not cool.
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>>3988159
elephants are literally cooler than cyclopses anyways, cyclops are just a big guy with one eye, elephants are radical
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I like the art depicting sauropods living in water
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>>3990527
Is this the latest T. Rex reconstruction?
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>>3990161
Finally! Another Spinofag like me!
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>>3985605
You're missing the point
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fellas ...whut deez b?
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>>3993255
>one eye
Is this also related to the elephant skulls looking like cyclops thing? >>3986598
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>>3991249
holy kino
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>>3990897
Sails are cool
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>>3987043
It was sketched by a russian who didn't think immidietly about an elephant upon seeing the half complete carcass but a massive boar.
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>>3983956
I love the hatching art style. Looks like a lot of autistic work.
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>>3993255
This art has so much character and so interesting to look at.
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>>3993470
I thought it was a german?
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Megalosaurus
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>>3991249
We had a series of animal books from 70-80's at home and it has this picture on dinosaur pages with similar paintings. I read them so much that pages kinda got shredded. As a kid i always thought that on jurassic era there were always hundreds of dinosaurs on every one square kilometer, based on those pictures.

Also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIDJ-Y-_Dxs fuck this would have been scary as a kid.
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>>3993479
If I'm not being a complete dumbass that looks like a metal etching. In which case yeah, incredibly autistic and mind-boggling to me. I had to do some at school but there was no way in hell I could've gotten these precise lines.
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>>3994509
My favorite Undertale dinosaur
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>a bunch of different dinosaur species in one place
>atleast two of them are directly fighting one another
>volcano erupting in the background
Yep, I'm thinking retro paleo art.
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>>3987630
This just makes me think of the Simpsons episodes where Homere is high on fumes and just imagines Lisa as a camel going "huuh, huuh".
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>>3991252
Yeah, bottom right in the picture is the current T-rex model.
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>>3987622
The channel is probably too dry for you, it's literally about bone shapes and proportions and uses all sorts of science jargon while pointing out any details we don't have information for and when things in scientific restorations are inferred from other animals.
The channel does support leaving me towards active bird-like bias instead of slow swamp monster (because that's what basically killed the field of dinosaur research before the 1960s) but also cautions "filling in the blanks with bird stuff"
It's not a Trey the explainer "dinosaurs were as retardedly lame as possible" and more "this is what we actually know and the real reasons this dinosaur is cool and unique"
I'd have to say though that their more recent videos tend to focus a bit too much on the history of discovery and research and specifics of bone shape compared to the older videos though which were more focused on life appearance and specific toy critique.
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I always saw this mural as a kid visiting the local museum. I even knew the artist’s son, he was my teacher
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>>3990161
Is current Spino reconstruction still depict them as quadruped manlet or not?
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>>3995406
Not quadrupedal, but still has short legs
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>>3994838
That's surprising given the smug channel title but a pleasant surprise nonetheless.
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>>3989942
every time
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>>3994699
My God, you are right!
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>>3994695
Gorgo looks like it's about to get raped. I literally assumed that was a submissive female rex until I read the caption.
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>>3993157
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Don't be salty because Swans are accurate, safe for the feathers
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>>3996819
I'm not your God.
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>>3984640
>when the conditions are just right for natural selection to favor "gigantic, psychotic, and horrifying"
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>>3988159
>>3991037
This.

>Well, you see, it actually wasn't a giant ugly dude with one eye
>Aw... wait, then what did those skulls belong to?
>A massive, hairless, quadruped creature, with shoulders that reach the tree branches, skin thicker than tanned leather, ears like small sails, legs like tree trunks, and a nose like a 6-foot-long snake that it can control with incredible precision
>Excuse me what the fuck how do... how do we sculpt that...?
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>>3987026
>>3984640
the duality of man
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>>3993255
The elephant is obvious to viewers today, but what is the other thing supposed to represent?
The immediate guess is "huge alligator", but taking a look at the elephant, I don't think the reports of alligators could have been THAT far off. If you had never seen an elephant before (because you are, say, a medieval scribe), and you had to draw one based solely on someone's description who HAD actually seen one, that is roughly what you would produce.
But what of the "dragon"? These things are often depicted in bas reliefs and shit in the middle-east too. Always with wings. Where do the wings comes from? What animal could be huge and "like a lizzarde", but with wings?
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What is this thing supposed to be?
A tapir?
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>>3997633
No it’s THE CUM-BEAST
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>>3997556
I know, it's just a saying dude.
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>>3997633
>The cum-beast

Well they are not wrong...
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>>3983924
Imagine unironically thinking that the Rhedosaurus is real
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>>3994509
>swigitty swooty
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>>3997633
THE COOM - PIGE
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>>3997633
Long-nosed tapir, apparently the The Cum-Beast title is an edit or something.

t. google search showed up a leddit thread about this thing.
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>>3983984
This is why you can't pretend to be retarded because people don't care about context and just assume you're retarded.
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>>3985220
Fucking awesome and full of soul and life.

I had this beauty when I was young.
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>>3985220
I love his works. The damn things are massive fucking murals too which just makes them all the more impressive.
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>>3994509
>I may be called Megalosaurus but I'm gonna give you a megalo sore ass
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>>3998615
Indeed, they had to break the hips to look fashionable (prehistorically) back in the 20's.
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>>3990209
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>>3985043
LOL
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>>3983912
not letting this die
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>>3983956
Those just look like exaggerated fruit bats, looks cool but not that imaginative.
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>>3984020
if anything it's less ridiculous than the flying stegosaurus reconstruction, which is real
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good thread
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i remember seeing a drawing in a chinese encyclopedia of the hallucigenia but with thorns both above and for legs. i'll see if i can find it tonight.





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