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Woolly Woolly by Qilong Woolly Woolly by Qilong
Maybe you can read the clues and figure out what this is ... or can wait and I'll tell that, despite all the woolly fuzz, giant keratinous spines on the tail, and double nasal trunks, this might very well be a .... gasp! ... ankylosaur!

What could we say, speculatively, about ankylosaurs? First, we cannot really assume the spines are really covered in huge keratin sheaths -- croc scutes certainly aren't -- while there are suggestions that these were have been embedded into the animal's skin, and thus may not have been exposed as much as they appear. If some basal ornithischians had bodies covered in fuzz, and Mark Witton [link] makes a great case for ceratopsians covered in "dinofuzz," there's no real reason to stop at them and hit ankylosaurs as fuzzy, too. And as for the schnoz... ankylosaurs have these huge narial fenestrae, with ample evidence for them containing an ample extent of nasal tissue ... so why not a trunk-like apparatus? Doesn't need to be a "trunk," of course. And if these guys got any more north than other polar dinosaurs, there is no reason the suggestions for ceratopsian "wool" cannot really apply to them, too. Mental excercise, artistic, and above all, not serious.
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:iconromankf:
Romankf Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
I love this picture. And I love the speculative idea.
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:iconqilong:
Qilong Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Thank you!
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel like drawing a Minmi like this....already planned it, should get down to the actual work :)
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Qilong Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Note that this reconstruction is, to be blunt, wrong. I don't think there's a chance they were so heavily "furry." Not even armadillo-like sparsely furred. Ankylosaurs are pretty spiky throughout their evolution.
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Nettleheart Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice; though I'm not fond of the trunks.
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:iconqilong:
Qilong Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Nor am I. It's all an impossibility. I doubt any part of this reconstruction is true.
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:iconikechi1:
Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Can I borrow this wooly, (is fluffy better?) drawing and present it
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:iconqilong:
Qilong Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
For what purpose?
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:iconikechi1:
Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
to show speculative possibilities and now evolution is not limited by human imagination
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:iconqilong:
Qilong Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
I suppose I can allow this. But no derivatives. Please leave the illustration intact, my signature attached to it, and you must note that I own the illustration.
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:iconikechi1:
Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No derivatives will be made, your illustration will be made intact, signature and all and it will be made clear that the work is yours. I would be remiss to leave that out.
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goooooooood!!!!!!!! :O :O :O


Well, that's cool actually. Love the twin trunks!
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:iconqilong:
Qilong Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Ha! I need more comments about the schnozes!
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:iconirkenarmada1:
Irkenarmada1 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really cool. Good work!
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th3punk1n4t0r Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
very interesting- I was always more interested in theropods and sauropods than ornithischians, but you raise some interesting points. I always assumed that they were scaly, but if the plumage I associate with small scale theropods went much further back than the Cretaceous, it IS entirely possible that some ornithischians had such features.

perhaps things as far back as Ceolophysis had protofeathers; I've seen one or two depictions of this, but haven't done enough research to determine whether or not that's likely.
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Qilong Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
If we assume the things in Tianyulong confuciusi are the same things in Sinosauropteryx prima or Juravenator starki, then we allow ourselves to say: these things extend back to the origin of dinosaurs, and thus may have been present in the lineages leading to the three major groups, and most subgroups, of dinosaur. We know some ornithischians were ornamented with filaments, so we can posit that -- as this stems from Mark Witton's discussion as I note in the image description -- if one derived group has them, could all of them have them? I don't actually think this is TRUE for these guys, and the evidence for rough texture and hard skin is strong, but I can quite imagine some type of frilly, fringe filaments around the face or in regions less armored. One wonders, then, that the appearance of dinosaurs may be more fantastic than we've expected growing up. It's a good thing that guy like John Conway ([link]) and Memo Koseman ([link]) have jump started the conversation on this. My concern, and this illustration edges on that, is that this fantastic-ness can go a bit too far. BUT ... what they suggest we all do is be a little more fearless, and less "standard." I agree.
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th3punk1n4t0r Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I shall have to research these things later; thanks for pointing me in the right direction.
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sapiens89 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I love the concept, it's really interesting to conceive the prehistoric animals as creatures from science fiction but remaining plausible.
I'd like to know, why two trunks?
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sapiens89 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
you did well.
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Qilong Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
It's to do with the two large narial fossae in ankylosaurs, one on each side, but often with a roughened section of the snout between them, or the grooved, possibly keratinous beak below them. It just seemed "conventional" to give them a beak, topped with a heavy pad a la musk oxen, and then there were the nostrils ... so i just made trunks. I wasn't trying to be sleek and mysterious for my reasons, I didn't think there was a grand case for trunks -- and its likely there weren't any, they lack the evidences FOR trunks -- but those huge pneumatic narial fossae just screamed "Do something visual with me!" And so I did.
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Wynterhawke07 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Looks pretty cool.
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Absolutely awesome
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ZEGH8578 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Definitely an intriguing idea.
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LordGeekington Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
"trunk-like apparatus"

It has recently been argued the term "trunk" should be abandoned for things sticking out of vertebrate's faces and replaced with more precise terminology. I believe this would qualify as a prorhiscis.

[link]
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:iconqilong:
Qilong Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Ah. I was drawing this tongue in cheek, not quite worried about precise terminology. Noted!
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:iconlordgeekington:
LordGeekington Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Yeah... I am a shameless prorhiscis proselytizer.

Absolutely amazing concept, by the way!
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:iconqilong:
Qilong Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Thanks! (However tongue-in-cheek the idea actually is.)
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buitreraptor314 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderfully awesome!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Arrrr, I knew I should publish my wolly ankylosaur earlier! Crazy, Awesome stuff!
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:iconqilong:
Qilong Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
And ... you can't publish it somehow? It's not like I care about being "first."
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
I will publish it, but without the sweet smell of the revolutionary ;)
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:iconqilong:
Qilong Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
We shall both say that this is inevitable: Once one group becomes enfluffled, so too must they all.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes we should.
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:iconprimevalraptor:
PrimevalRaptor Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Once one group becomes enfluffled, so too must they all."

This sentence made my day. ^^
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:iconqilong:
Qilong Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Glad to help!
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:iconprimevalraptor:
PrimevalRaptor Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A fuzzy ankylosaur?
Finally!
I always appreciate quilled ornithischia ^^
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:iconqilong:
Qilong Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Well, no quills specifically in this one.
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:iconprimevalraptor:
PrimevalRaptor Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, you`re right.
Well, it`s still fluffy. ^^
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Artist
No tank dinosaurs has ever cover in Dino-fuzzy before!:wow:
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:iconqilong:
Qilong Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Yeah ... one can thank Mark Witton for the impetus.
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Artist
I see... So, it was so hard to miss understanding about fuzzy ankylosaur, than first the fuzzy ornithopods, then fuzzy ceratopsians and now this? (Sigh) I guest this new picture is all ends up Stuck in my head.
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Qilong Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
I want you to question! Look at the data that is present as fact, or as proof, or as suggestion for this or that, then explore that data, not the result. As an artist, though, let your imagination run wild. This drawing is where the two interfere.
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Artist
Alrighty!;) Now let see where I suppose to do.:)
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Ha, this is great. Does its neck go much higher than that? If so, leaning its neck up all the way would make it even harder to recognize.
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:iconqilong:
Qilong Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I didn't really draw it with the anatomy in mind. I think it possible the neck COULD reach further up.
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know what to think of this... But it's awesome.
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:iconqilong:
Qilong Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Why, thank you.
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
This is the craziest depiction of an ankylosaur EVER! 0_o Looks like an alien from a "Star Wars". :lol: What is it, Euoplocephalus?
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Qilong Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
This is whatever your heart desires! Tail club + giant neck spines? It's not anything in particular, it was merely an outrageous concept.
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I thought it's reconstruction of a real animal, because it kind of reminded me of both Euoplocephalus and Sauropelta. Anyway, it's indeed an outrageous concept. Your speculative (or more unusual) concepts are awesome! :)
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