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Hypselospinus fittoni life restoration by ornithischophilia Hypselospinus fittoni life restoration by ornithischophilia
Life restoration of the iguanodontian Hypselospinus fittoni from the Lower Cretaceous Wadhurst Clay of England.  Even though this animal was discovered and first described in the 1880s, it wasn't given a full anatomical description until last week. Total length ~7.5m, greatest height ~2.5m. 
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
Wonderful artwork as always. You're my to-go source for ornithopods and the like. That's a very interest iguanodontian. I love it how Western Europe is the domain of the iguanodonts.
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vasix Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What an unusual body...
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TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh, that's science for you though.

And nicely done, it looks beautiful.
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
Such an oddly proportioned ornithopod. Nice drawing! (The filaments/quills are great touch in my opinion)
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ornithischophilia Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I'd like to do my own skeletal restoration of Hypselospinus to see if it's actually as weird as it appears, but that's a project for another day (or week actually).
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Zimices Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist
Wonderful! it seems have a sailback...
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ornithischophilia Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah! The neural spines, in the tail at least, are very tall.  I think it's interesting that Early Cretaceous had three localities with beefy iguanodontians and less beefy tall-spined iguanodontians (Iguanodon/Mantellisaurus, Barilium/Hypselospinus, Lurdusaurus/Ouranosaurus).

What's strangest of all: there doesn't seem to be any phylogenetic signal here except that the beefy ones might be Iguanodontids ss.
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Zimices Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist
Iguanodontids? as in the family Iguanodontidae?
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ornithischophilia Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Yes, although this of course would await a full description of both Barilium and Lurdusaurus.
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