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Cryolophosaurus skeletal by Archosaurian Cryolophosaurus skeletal by Archosaurian
So, I ended up making one of these again. Don't worry, there will be more interesting stuff here, eventually.
My primary motivation for this: The fact that there are absolutely no decent reconstructions or restorations of this creature in existence.

Edit: Hypothetical portions shaded in grey.

Edit: Changed the pose—historically the running pose created by Greg Paul was a de facto standard for skeletal reconstructions among 'palaeoartists' but after recent discussions amongst palaeontologists and palaeolife artists, it is agreed that this cannot continue and we benefit both ourselves and each other to work out our own poses for skeletal recontructions. Here I have given the animal in question a more neutral walking pose that may have been typical of it in life (one of the problems that has arisen from the Greg Paul pose is that many artists, especially newer, less-experienced ones tend of constantly draw theropods at full speed, mouth agape, which would have been a more occasional stance to take in life).
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EliTheDinoGuy Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Student General Artist
So does this mean that if the crest is grey, it's just a guess? That's disappointing :(
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Archosaurian Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
No, the isn't grey, that's just an artefact of shrinking the image.
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EliTheDinoGuy Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh, ok :) thanks
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you plan on updating this skeletal to be more in-line with the recent reanalysis of Cryolophosaurus as an undefined basal tetanuran as opposed to a true dilophosaurid?
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Archosaurian Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
No, it would probably look pretty much the same regardless. There doesn't seem to be a clear point where dilophosaur-ish theropods become tetanurans, so to say. But theropods in that part of the tree are very poorly documented, my bet is basal tetanurans and dilophosaurs looked quite similar.
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, that makes sense. Good point.
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AustralianMarcus Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Is this skeletal restoration free to use by anyone or should I credit you?
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Archosaurian Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
I would prefer that you give me credit for it.
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AustralianMarcus Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
What would Cryolophosaurus' skull look like if it was staring at you?
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thediremoose Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
I'd be too busy running for dear life to look.
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AustralianMarcus Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
I know how that feels. I've been doing the same thing for years now.
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Darcygagnon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
When I went to Toronto to the Royal Ontario Museum, of the Ultimate Dinosaurs, Giants from Gondwana, I seen the skeleton of Cryolophosaurus and the crushed skull of Cryolophosaurus.
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AustralianMarcus Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Cryolophosaurus is my favorite dinosaur! I'm glad someone came up with a skeletal restoration of this theropod!
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RoFlo-Felorez Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
why did cryolophosaurus always get portrayed with the big muscular body of an allosaurus for all these years?
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
I love the neutral walking pose idea for skeletals. I'm sick of seeing running dinosaurs. It's like...the mesozoic world got turned into Nascar.
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felipe-elias Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
Be careful, folks, because extinct species are private properties now! Only one thing intrigues me: if paleoart appropriates all references (anatomical features, poses, colors, behavior) from extant taxa, who should be compensated for intellectual property: the paleoartist or Nature?
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Dinomaniac Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
aha! but now your ripping me off, cos you see, I used that pose in my Balaur skeletal you see. Your just trying to get that nice Sinkkonen look arent you? Trying to ride on my fame! admit it! Now all your dinosaur poses are belong to mee!

But yeah, I'm probably going to change all my skeletals as well when I have the time. Not because it's recomendation of teh Greg Paul but because I no longer wish my art and reconstructions to have any connection to hes style which I have grown to dislike.
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Archosaurian Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
Gah! I admit it!!! All I wanted to be was a Sinkkonen clone, I have no style of my own. Except, you see, your Balaur skeletal has the back foot almost entirely off the ground, and the arms are folded tighter, and the mouth is open wider, and the vertebral column is slightly more horizontal, and the tail is more curvey... hey, Greggy P. said there are an infinite number of poses!

On the more serious note, yes, I think part of the reason I have become bitter with 'palaeoart' has been the Greg Paul style and all the wannabe Greg Paul clones out there, I think his complaints have reflected some of my sentiment that there are too many people trying to look like him and others who are encouraging it that its almost difficult to have your own style and get any attention for it, no matter how much better it may be. He may have been the illustrator for the Dinosaur Renaissance, but I think it's time we moved on, only problem is many don't seem to think so. (I actually tried to betray the Dinosaur Renaissance with this skeletal—it's in a sedate, somewhat inactive pose, it's mouth is only slightly open to show the structure of the mandible, it's a little more upright, it's tail isn't swishing through the air, it's not running at 100 km/hr, etc. and I think that successfully makes it just another animal, not the Pre-Renaissance bloated, lumbering behemoth, nor the Post-Renaissance mega-ultra-super-predator-monster). Plus, I never really felt like I was ever able to cultivate a style of my own until it became too late for me to really be satisfied with my work any longer
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I like it, but be careful with the retracting limb; the femur is at the very far range of its comfort zone (which I think would be unlikely for a walk) and the knee is pushing being hyper-extended.
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Archosaurian Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
Yeah, I was a bit lazy with that leg, hopefully it looks a bit better now.
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Much. Well done. This is still the primary reason why I haven't bothered to do a Cryolophosaurus skeletal yet.
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cryptidsaurian Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
why is the crest grey? isn't that how itgot it's name/nickname?
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Archosaurian Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
The crest isn't grey, it's just that the ridges on the crest are illustrated, lending to the illusion.
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cryptidsaurian Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh, ok :D
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Ahrkeath Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
Aw, now I really need to draw this guy! I already thought he was cool, but now that it seems he's a dilophosaur, I love him even more. ^^

Thank you for supplying such a lovely (if speculative) reconstruction!
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Archosaurian Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
You're welcome!
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maniraptora Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic! I am working in some cryolophosaur restorations, and this one as a coelophysoid is great for my future drawings!!
great work!
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Afrovenator Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008
I am currently working on a skull reconstruction of this critter, so I have a comment regarding the completeness of the skull: where did you find the orbital process of the jugal? I have checked both sides of the line drawing, but did not find any evidence for its existence. Other than that, definately a very interesting and well-executed skeletal reconstruction! Too bad about the lack of illustrations for the other known elements.
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Archosaurian Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008
Thanks!
That part of the jugal is actually preserved in a piece separate from the rest of the skull which is shown in figure 8 of Smith et al.
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Afrovenator Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008
OK, thanks! I will look it up and include in my own! :) Guess that teaches me just to follow tracings that depict just the skull of an animal. ;)
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008  Professional General Artist
Very nice, it's great to finally see a good skeletal reconstruction of this animal.
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic.
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Haxeman Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008
Well done! You get the coelophysoid proportion right! Finally we see this guy with slender and more gracile proportions! I must admit i like it much more the Dilophosaur aspect than the basal tetanuran one! congratulations!
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danieljoelnewman Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Fantastic reconstruction!
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Alexanderlovegrove Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008
Great stuff! It's nice to see unusual dinosaurs getting skeletals, and I had no idea it was now considered a dilophosaurid.
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008
Well this is interesting! Most reconstructions of this dinosaur make it look like a sinraptorid (short snout, kinda tall...) But that never really made much sense to me since this dinosaur lived so much earlier than actual sinraptorids (Those are mostly in late Jurassic range), and seeing how these dilophosaurids were distributed, it just makes a lot of sense now, doesn't it? :lol:

Good job!
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Miyess Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008   Digital Artist
Finally! Someone did a reconstruction of a less well know theropod...I’ve wanted to see a skeletal of Cryolophosaurus for a while now. The only thing I can pick with it is the premaxilla is a little thin (vertically) but otherwise, it’s awesome!
:)
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Archosaurian Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
Thanks!

The præmaxilla is unknown in Cryolophosaurus, so far it has been restored incorrectly under the assumption that C. is a tetanuran, now it appears to be a Dilophosaurid, so I gave it a præmaxilla based on Dilophosaurus, Dracovenator, and Zupaysaurus.
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Miyess Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008   Digital Artist
Yeah, I read something about that a while ago... looks great. 2 thumbs up!
:)
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