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The theropod dinosaur Chilesaurus diegosuarezi was a temporal contemporary of the Morrison and Tendaguru dinosaur faunas, and in its own time may have seen flocks of Pterodaustro fly overhead on their way to their feeding/nesting grounds in ancient Patagonia, in what are now southern Chile and Argentina.

The dinosaur is an oddity by composition, with the hips and teeth of an ornithischian, and the jaws, legs, and arms of a sauropodomorph, but the neck -- and importantly, the ancestry -- of a theropod. Hidden in the strangeness is the most extreme anatomical development for processing vegetation in a theropod dinosaur shy of birds themselves, and possibly therizinosauroids.

Chilesaurus tells us that dinosaurs can still get odder and odder.
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Godzillakuj94 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This is a really nice reconstruction!
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TarbosaurusBatar Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
South America and Africa were connected at the time, correct? Could it have encountered some Tendaguru fauna? 
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Megalotitan Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not really. Not sure about South America connecting with Africa at that time, btw if it did, Chilesaurus can't encounter Tendaguru fauna, because Chilesaurus lived in Chile, which is on the left side of SA, while the Tendaguru formation was in Tanzania, which is on the right side of Africa. So obviously they couldn't meet.
However, it seems like you want to draw Chilesaurus with other dinosaurs. As far as I know, there were dicraeosaurids and basal macronarians in the same formation as where Chilesaurus was found.
Hope this helps :)
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EdaphosaurusPogonias Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wasn't Pterodaustro much more recent than Chilesaurus?
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Qilong Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
There are some records of Pterodaustro-like pterosaurs from the endJurassic of western Chile, in deposits in and around the Atacama Desert, which is nearby the Chilesaurus deposits and Patagonian Argentina. The similarity of the deposits and age, with "standard" Pterodaustro-aged deposits being earliest Cretaceous, suggests they may represent the same species; or at least that there isn't enough distincto to warrent contradiction. The Puntanipterus, from Chile, is from similar endJurassic deposits, rather than Cretaceous ones, and is also considered a possible synonym of Pterodaustro.
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EdaphosaurusPogonias Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, thanks for explaining that.
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Qilong Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
No problem!
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ShinRedDear Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Why do I sense a Flinstones Dino vibe ? XD But seriously, it's nice to see a rigorous skeletal of this wonderfully weird theropod ! :D
I notice the skull is far longer and lower than in the official paper. What was your method to come to this conclusion ?
Anyway, nice work and great article ! :)
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
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Why did I never notice this before?!
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Qilong Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
The skull was created from the idea of a coelophysid or noasaurid, which are similar to the basal neotheropod stock from which the animal derives. I'm unsure of the details of the skull, and some of it is rendered from pure speculation and others general shapes from the preserved material, but for the most part a large orbit, short temporal region, longish snout, and shallow mandible.
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ShinRedDear Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
Thank you for this insight ! :D
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
It's a beautiful dinosaur.
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:iconqilong:
Qilong Featured By Owner May 17, 2015
:D
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AGV120395 Featured By Owner Edited May 13, 2015
dinosaurs are like pokémon, the more we dig the weirder they get
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:iconqilong:
Qilong Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
True, that!
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:iconfingertier:
Fingertier Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
Wait...long skull and three fingers?
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:iconqilong:
Qilong Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
Longish, but yeah. There were always three fingers, but the third finger is very, very thin.
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yoult Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you for this portrayal!
Will there be a follow-up "It's Not a Bat"?
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:iconqilong:
Qilong Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
Not yet, but soon. I am going to be revising the skeletals.
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
i would love that!
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