Spinosaurus: The Swimmer by adorety ()
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So, new finds from a dig in 2018 produced a nearly complete Spinosaurus tail that clearly indicates it was an aquatic and swimming animal. In fact so much so that Spinosaurus can be called the first aquatic dinosaur. Though it still moved onto land, new evidence shows it mainly a water dweller. You can copy and paste this link to a decent Nat Geo article that very well sums up the discovery of Spinosaurus by Ernst Stromer in the early 20th century right up to the finds from the 2018 dig.
This is a depiction from Northern Africa in what is now Morocco. Much of North Africa that is now the Sahara was once a vast continental sized wetland and river system that existed for millions of years in the Cretaceous. Though by the end or the Mesozoic it had drastically changed and became more arid. North Africa would change again and again over the millions of years between the end of the dinosaurs and the present. In fact the Sahara is a new desert relatively speaking. There is debate to the date but it began drying up about 7 million year ago or sooner at 3 million years ago. It has also gone through a cycle of drier to wetter and back again over the last few hundred thousands of years.
Anyway,as you can see, Spinosaurus had a pretty broad tail that had a nice wide range of motion side to side making it perfect for swimming. One debate solved, just a few more to go.
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Image Comments (7)
eekdog () 10:30PM | Wed, 10 June 2020
Some wicked scary cool creatures in this period you've created Arthur. 5++
rhol_figament () 12:03AM | Thu, 11 June 2020
Now if I could only find a fossil like that! Cool to see you take it under the waves, lots of interesting critters down there...
Must be tough for bands in this pandemic time, not so many road trips...
RodS () 10:44PM | Thu, 11 June 2020
This really looks great, Art! I'm blown away by how great not only the Spinosaurus looks, but by how you nailed the underwater environment! That's not easy to do... I never could get Vue to give me anything this good in that realm.