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T. rex Reconstructions by arvalis T. rex Reconstructions by arvalis
A couple of quickie reconstructions: one more reptilian, one more avian. I got a 3D printed T. rex skull printed from a scan of the T. rex, Stan, last week, I finally got a brief moment to use it. Still haven't found a rex design I really love yet, gotta keep tinkering. You can check out photos of my sweet 3D printed skull here: grimchild.tumblr.com/post/6108…

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elmisa Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
just great dude!
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Bleskobleska-Yandere Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  New Deviant
Your artwork is wonderfull :3
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TechShiftZeiro Featured By Owner Edited Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Feathers or no feathers...dinosaurs are awesome! Hands down!
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Twirate Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooohh pretty o.o
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03Fantasy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
I do believe that the Tyrannosaurus had feathers, for it is a fact. I'm not sure if they have specimens, but almost all theropods had feathers. This held Velociraptors, Troodons, and such in the rankings. I believe that they didn't really have a thick coat of feathers, but more of soft, thin strands, like that of the hair on an elephant. Large creatures would already have warmth trapped on them, and added to the extra layer of down and feathers traps more heat; therefor possibly killing the overheated creature. A Tyrannosaurus with a less amount of plumage, again, like that of an elephant, would make more sense since there wont be heat trapped. But, I just overall adore the fact that you went along with the fact that Tyrannosauruses had feathers! So, don't take this as judgement, but merely as to what I believe. Well done!
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Hawkclaw1129 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
     Honestly from this picture I am more scared of the feathered T-Rex than the scaly T-Rex. I believe that is possible that the T-Rex had feathers, maybe not covering the whole body but I think it has a great chance of being true. But everyone that says that looks stupid is like people in the future when all of OUR animals are instinct, the scientist said that ( Lets say the people in the future had fur ) our animals had fur. And the people disagreed because they thought it looked stupid. Or that elephants have floppy ears. We don't 100% know what it was like there, so both could be wrong in the fact that we don't know if feathers would have helped them, or made it harder for them, or if they weren't able to evolve fast enough to get rid of them

  P.S

I think that is an amazing depiction of what the T-Rex could have looked like in the past
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Thanda Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
I was reading your comments and I wil say my opinion about t. rex with feathers or t.rex without it.

I read so many comments saying "I believe t. rex didn't have it". Ok, science is not about opinions, it's about facts. And facts says that t.rex probably had feathers, almost in some moments of its life.
It's not about how I like this animal looks like, it's about how probably it looked like. You can say "I don't like feathers on dinosaurs" and it's right, it's your opinion. But please, dont say "I think they didn't have feathers" 'cause you're kicking in the face years of science's work. Almost, If you think they didn't have it, explain it with facts.

We have two reconstructions and both are totally right with the things we know about t. rex.
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HeartofDespaire Featured By Owner Edited Apr 18, 2015  Student General Artist
How science ruined dinosaurs, I think the feathered t-rex in general is stupid looking. Don't know how anyone can take it really serious. I would laugh my ass off if I saw it running at me. It's a good drawing... but the idea... still is pretty stupid to me lol.
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Thanda Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
It's not about what you like, it's about what science says, and science says that probably t. rex have feathers
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HeartofDespaire Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Student General Artist
And I should care? Science doesn't effect my opinion lol. Science can say all it wants, that doesn't change that I think T. Rex with feathers looks stupid.
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NUCLERFOX Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Dinosaurs had feathers ... but not all. I seriously agree with you, but I actually believe Tyrannosaurus Rex didn't have feathers.   
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Ochitsuku Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why does it have to be fearsome? Why can't you see it for it's uniqueness, or even elegance.  Also it doesn't look stupid, that means a lack of intelligence. Which is practically allot of animals, but they can't really look it... I mean i don't care that you think it's not scary, but stupid.. that's rude. It's judging this persons creativity. Which actually this dinosaur is very creative looking. 
Also Science didn't ruin dinosaurs, that's like saying you got a drawing or a picture of someone, but actually seeing the real person ruined them.. That doesn't make sense if you think about it. You should just accept that dinosaur might of had feathers. Instead of judging it. You can see them as not frightful, etc. But that doesn't change the fact that their dinosaurs. Some people may see bears as fearsome and scary, but others might see them as cuddly fat animals. 
So yeah you have an opinion, but we don't need to express it in a rude way. Also you know you are beating on someone elses opinion or idea. You said it was stupid, so that's rude. You could have said, it wasn't scary, but still was very cool looking. Or interesting.
I'm not trying to be rude, i just feel like you rubbed off rudely to this artist. 
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Kecsap Featured By Owner Edited Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Social Juistice Warrior defending an extinct animal from someone who actually adores it but dislikes the look what newest discoveries gave the animal. Also looking stupid means it looks odd and humorous at the same time, it doesnt mean the actual animal is stupid.

Stop being a Social Justice Warrior and stop writing essays to defend something that doesnt require any defense.

The drawing is anatomically accurate and gives a spin for this magnificent animal, but personally I dont like the "give feather to all dinosaurs!" mentality either.

Your points are weak and your attacks show the fact that you totally didnt pay ANY attention to what Heart of Despaire said.
Attacking a text with points that doesnt make any sense and totally out of context make you look like an idiot.

And he wasnt rude either.
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Ochitsuku Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry but you need a hook to get me reading, my point was, use better word choice... don't get all sassy with me.... Also they were being rude calling it stupid. if someone called you stupid, that's not rude some how? Just saying. 
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HeartofDespaire Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Student General Artist
I said the art was good. What more do you want from me? I said the sea of dinosaurs with feathers, more specifically the T. Rex is lame. I'm sorry you feel that way, but I can't bring myself to care. It's my opinion. I didn't attack anyone. I didnt say it was a bad piece so I don't understand why the negative feedback. I shared how I felt in a respective way and have been treated like I murdered an artists hopes and dreams because my opinion is different. God forbid someone doesn't comment "omg it's so perfect, I don't dissagree at all! There is absolutely nothing wrong here, it's complete perfection!" 100% of the time. I couldn't draw this better. I'm not saying that. I expressed my opinion on the idea of a T. Rex with feathers. In general. This is part of the reason why DA has gone to shits - at least from my lowly perspective- because criticism is taken way to personal. If someone doesn't support something 100% there a "bully".
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Ochitsuku Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OKay i didn't feel like reading that, but all i was saying you could have made better word choice....
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arvalis Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
I mean its not like birds are brutal and scary tosic.com/wp-content/uploads/2…
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HeartofDespaire Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Yes but they haven't proven that all dinosaurs actually have feathers. I don't think it's scary. Sorry I don't share the same opinion. I like the drawing, but I don't HAVE to think it's scary, you don't have control over that. I'm sorry it didn't have the desired effect. I think it looks silly really. :shrug: But whatever. I don't care.
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Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Real animals look silly. That's nature.
They are not weird movie monsters.
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arvalis Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
I mean they are just animals, animals by themselves arent scary.  They only become scary when they are chasing you, and I guarantee that a cassowary chasing you down would scare you.
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HeartofDespaire Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Considering it's an extinct species... Not really scary. Sorry. Not seeing the point of this discussion really. It's not scary to me.
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Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
With this logic, why are scaley dinosaurs more scary, than feathered ones, if not even any way of reconstructing them looks scary at all?

Also: traheripteryx.deviantart.com/a…
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arvalis Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
What I am saying is that its an animal, not a monster.  It doesnt matter if its scary or not, it just exists.
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HeartofDespaire Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Not anymore. So I fail to see the point. This conversation is pointless. I liked your artwork. But it is just artwork. Not The source of the scientific discovery. It's not scary. A T. Rex with feathers probably would scare me if it was chasing me and trying to eat me. But they don't exist. Hence the term extinction. Why so serious over an animal that hasn't lived in over two million years? Seems pointless.

Plus it's my opinion. I'm aloud to have one. It doesn't have to be popular but I'm still aloud to share it and not be wrong.

A turkey trex is what that is. Sorry. It's pretty. But it looks like a turkey. A well done turkey.
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Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Scientific illustrations like this reconstruction have to be as accurate, as possible, though.
And when you know, what phylogenetic bracketing is, you'd realize, that feathers are the most plausible option and an unfeathered tyrannposaurid would be rather speculative.
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TyrantTR Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Opinions are fine, but why do you seem upset that yours has offered up an avenue of discussion? Whats the point of commenting your opinion if you did not anticipate commentary on it? You are broadcasting it to an open forum.

To the topic at hand I'd argue its hard to make a massive beast with damn near vestigial arms and an over-sized maw actually look scary scales or feathers. But could it not be that the point of every tyrannosaur restoration isn't necessarily to be scary either? What if the point is to take it in a new and interesting direction? To restore it more like an animal then a monster? Hell what even is wrong with a cute rex? I personally think when done rights feathers offer up a unique and interesting take on the creature and they certainly give it a cool avatar esque factor if you start upping the saturation.

Care to show a restoration of the animal that doesn't ignore important pieces of its morphology and is actually "scary"? Because I haven't seen one. The classic JP rex hardly fits that criteria and I'd hardly call it a scary design.
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arvalis Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
I mean you're half right, its based on a turkey vulture michaelangell.com/wp-content/u… because both rex and turkey vultures are known for their incredible sense of smell.  If I wanted to just base it on a scary bird I would have used a bearded vulture new1.fjcdn.com/comments/Turkey…

Side note, saying rex hasnt lived in over two million years is sorta like saying Arnold Schwarzenegger is over three years old.
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DemonEquine Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It doesn't matter if certain dinosaurs had feathers or not. This is an art site for people to submit what art they want. If you can't handle seeing what other people portray dinosaurs to look like, stop looking at them or gtfo of dA.

Personally, I think it's a very good picture and appreciate people's art and what they think things looked like. Well done, arvalis. I think it looks great!
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HeartofDespaire Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Student General Artist
I said it was a good picture, if you read my comment you would understand that. I can have an opinion, even if it's different from yours. I don't think dinosaurs with feathers are fearsome. Sorry. I dont honestly care. It's a nice picture, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.

You should respect other peoples opinions lol.
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Vertigheist Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The fuck are you talking about?
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HeartofDespaire Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Are you not capable of reading?
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Vertigheist Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you not capable of understanding? Dinosaurs were just giant flightless birds.
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Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually birds are dinosaurs. ;)
But I hope, HeartofDespair will still get the point... :P
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HeartofDespaire Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Student General Artist
And where are your sources? It's not been proven one way or the other.
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Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Just check such dinosaurs as Yutyrannus, Caudipteryx, Epidexipteryx, Changyuraptor, Microraptor, Gigantoraptor etc.

I mean... What do these look like to you: hyrotrioskjan.deviantart.com/a…
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Do they look scaley?
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arvalis Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
It has been factually proven that birds are in fact theropod dinosaurs actually.
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N0b1eRebe1 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Yay! Arguments!
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Enneigard Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
turkeysaurus!
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cosmicbrat Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
You make T Rex look like it was bird related..  Maybe you're right..?

I an ultra-deep time-travel trance, I saw a T Rex sleeping in moonlight, leaning upright against a large tree..  supposedly to be free of nasty little nocturnal critters crawling up its nose and butt while it slept..  I got the impression that was a major problem concern back then..  Its skin was clear gray tint, hued translucent greens/blues/reds/oranges/yellows from seeing its tissues through it..  It looked like its skin was void of pigments..  It's skin seemed to almost glow deeply in the moonlight..
I picked up a large sharp rock, snuck up to the Rex, and slammed the sharp edge of the rock down hard as I could on one of its big toes, severing the digit from its foot..  The monster woke up screaming "blue hell bludy murder".. and ran down the valley, screaming for its mummy..  It's gonna have-to find a safer place to sleep, with me sneaking around at night claw-mining the monsters.. I wants the other big toe for my necklace...


In another such experiment, a young T Rex rushed out of a clump of trees, attacking me, slicing my arm to bone shoulder to elbow with its dagger claw, tossing me through the air for a 75 foot flight..  Its skin was hairless almost elephant-like, soft brownish grey..  The weirdest thing in it was that my arm in real time, sitting in the easy chair, registered a painful long bright red jagged line exactly as the scratch in the TT-dream..  I can't explain it..


If you have a functional mind, and want to see T Rex up close and personal.. Image your primary molecule..  Find it in you..
Establish a tunnel zooming back in time..  Place your primary master molecule in the tunnel, and power it up..  Exit the tunnel on a whim, and take a looksee around..
Maybe some caution is due in these TT experiments..?  It's a new science.. There are risks..  Maybe if you got hurt there and then, maybe you'll suffer the hurt in the now..?  So, if something attacks, defend yourself, or escape.. but don't just run away from the dream.. You've set something in motion.. You must deal with it before you shut down the dream...
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Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Reading through your experience... It didn't really work in your case. ;)
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LadyKira999 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NICE :3
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jonna1215 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015   Artist
🎶Open the door get on the floor everybody do the dinosaur🎶
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BellaSylph Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The avian one makes me think of the birds in Alice in Wonderland the disney animation.
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CynderAngelDWOship14 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist
Awesome work!
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RexBlazer1 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To be honest, the avian one reminds me of a dodo bird from the ICE AGE movies.  Other than that, not bad.
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arvalis Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
It was inspired by a turkey vulture
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RexBlazer1 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah.
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Lucariofan2014 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
This is the way we expect them to be and is more realistic than the T. Red in movies
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