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Morelladon beltrani skeletal reconstruction by ornithischophilia Morelladon beltrani skeletal reconstruction by ornithischophilia
Skeletal reconstruction of the styracosternan ornithopod Morelladon beltrani from the Lower Cretaceous Arcillas de Morella Formation of Castellón, Spain based on the holotype specimen CMP-MS-03. Gray indicates unpreserved portions of known elements (although it should be noted that some teeth and rib fragments are preserved), and scale is in centimeters. Total length ~7.5 m, total height ~2.5 m.

Always there are two? So Morelladon is another somewhat gracile high-spined iguanodont that lived in the Early Cretaceous (like Hypselospinus, Mantellisaurus, and Ouranosaurus). It would be interesting to see if Delapparentia is a) found in the same formation and b) if it ends being a shorter-spined, obligate quadrupedal bruiser in the mold of Barilium, Iguanodon, and Lurdusaurus. But what's really weird... no phylogenetic signal from these pairings (yet).
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LeviBernardo13 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
¡Goood!!!!!!
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pilsator Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey Pete, great to see you're still doing ornithischian reconstruction.

The abstract on this animal made me wonder - when, if at all, are we going to see something about the other "high-spined iguanodont"/Iguanodon "ottigeri" from the Cedar Mountain?
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QueenSerenity2012 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016
I've been waiting for one of these before I tried drawing it myself. Thanks!
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