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The Hippoposaurus by Julio-Lacerda The Hippoposaurus by Julio-Lacerda
Lurdusaurus, the semi-aquatic african iguanodontian, perhaps very similar in habits to modern-day hippopotamus.

It hasn't been very widely illustrated, AFAIK. So here's my contribution :)

Based on the - I think - only skeletal reconstruction of this animal avaiable, by Pete Buchholz.
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:icondiebruder:
diebruder Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
perfetc
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Terizinosaurus Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
GREAT:)
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:iconanonymousllama428:
AnonymousLlama428 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Gorgeus!
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:iconbrandon-bowling:
brandon-bowling Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
I love the way you illustrated the play of light across the sandy bottom and the slight clouds of silt kicked up by the creature's footsteps.
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EuropaTheHaunter Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
It looks more like a o sauropod to me.
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:iconrobotninjahero:
RobotNinjaHero Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Nice work.
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconrobotninjahero:
RobotNinjaHero Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
You're welcome.
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:icondinoroy39:
DinoRoy39 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
IT'S GLORIA! IT'S GLORIA! Hey it is Gloria.
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:icondinoroy39:
DinoRoy39 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
IT'S GLORIA! IT'S GLORIA! Hey it really is Gloria.
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it looks it has short hindlegs, was it more "quadrupedal" than other iguanodontids?
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I guess so, it probably relied more on a quadrupedal stance to support it's weight, and I bet it wasn't a very good runner.
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm. That's what I thought =)
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:iconpristichampsus:
Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
I dispute this, because Lurdusaurus had padded hindfeet like a rhino or elephant, while a hippo has spreading, un-padded feet.
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:iconlordofstamps:
LordOfstamps Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
I don't think it's impossible. Lurdusaurus had hippo-like body shape.
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:iconmrcreator3000:
MrCreator3000 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Nice. Well that's the "dinosaurs never swam in the water, flew in the sky or burrowed underground" statement proved wrong in at least one way. That digging Hypsilophodonitd also makes this statememt untrue more. I never believed it anyway. Good work, i like it.
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acepredator Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Wrong in all three ways (Dinos flew, swam and burrowed)
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, that idea is definetely not true. I always thought burrowing dinosaurs were a very likely possibility, not to mention the thousands of birds flying right in front of our faces. And while I don't think any dinosaur that has been discovered until now had a totally aquatic life, it has been pretty much proved that some, like spinosaurids, had amphibious lifestyles.
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Brad-ysaurus Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
6 fingers?
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:iconjohnfaa:
JohnFaa Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Student Writer
Technically the thumb spike is not a true finger.
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:iconpristichampsus:
Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
yes it is, I always thought it was.
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:icontyrannotitan333:
Tyrannotitan333 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So, would the be sort of like the spurs of a monotreme?
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:iconpseudonoobda:
PseudonoobDA Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It would be, minus the poison or position on only the left limb.
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:iconjohnfaa:
JohnFaa Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Student Writer
I think so.
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh shit :XD:
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:iconrajaharimau98:
RajaHarimau98 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So elegant and beautiful. Great job. :)
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. I'm surprised you found it elegant though! It was supposed to be chubby :P
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:iconrajaharimau98:
RajaHarimau98 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol, I meant the water effects look elegant. :P
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pilsator Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I waited SO long for something like this. Hooray for the semi-aquatic Lurdusaurus!
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hooray! I'm surprised this guy hasn't received more attention. A hippo-dinosaur sounds so funny :P
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What's the evidence it was semi-aquatic? I'm very interested.
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Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I guess the evidence is not really substantial, but it has been suggested that the "short, slightly spreading metatarsus backed by an enlarged foot pad, in keeping with the massive, spreading hand, [...] could conceivably be an adaptation for movement on soft substrates and hence perhaps an amphibious mode of life. " - quoting Darren Naish. The torso is low and robust, reminiscent of a hippo, and the limb bones appear to be massive and denser than usual, which could serve to make it less buoyant. The long neck in this case would allow the animal to reach the surface to breath without necessarily having to move the rest of the body.
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It sounds a lot like sauropods all over again. But this creature's anatomy is certainly an anomaly. Similar to Balaur bondoc, which I hypothesize was semi-aquatic (not to self-promote, but I drew a reconstruction illustrating this).
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amorousdino Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Its almost taboo to even suggest a semi-aquatic/amphibious dinosaur ;) lol
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:icondeinonychusempire:
DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know. :P
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Zimices Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist
Magnífico! but it reminds to me not a hippo, but the sauropods of the old school ;) And yes, we need more images of obscure iguanodontians.
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, it looks like the ancient illustrations of both sauropods and hadrosaurs. Oh, the irony :)
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:iconrafael-albo:
Rafael-Albo Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Mto bom cara! Adorei o efeito dagua.
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
valeu! :)
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
:thumbsup: :thumbsup: and :thumbsup:
I hope they can proof their theory, I like the idea of semi-aquatic iguanodontids =)
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Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It's funny that this thing might have lived like people used to believe hadrosaurs lived, as semiaquatic creatures swimming with their tails and seeking refuge in the water :P
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Carlosdino Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
WOW!! It´s so hippo!! XD I love it!

I have one question: in your pictures, the scenary is real or drawn by you??
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
In most cases, everything is drawn by me, though often using pictures as close reference. But sometimes I do use textures or stock images, especially for the backgrounds.
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Carlosdino Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Ok! I ask you cause in many of your paintings I can´t tell if the backgroud is real :)
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