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If you could have a relatively small (say, 50 lb. fully grown) version of a non-avian/non-theropod-derived herbivorous dinosaur, what type of dinosaur would you want? Feel free to be more specific regarding species in comments. 

15 deviants said Sauropod/prosauropod
12 deviants said Ankylosaur
9 deviants said Ceratopsian/protoceratopsian/psittacosaurid
7 deviants said Stegosaur
6 deviants said Heterodontosaur
4 deviants said Hadrosaur
3 deviants said I wouldn't want a pet dinosaur because I suck
2 deviants said Pachycephalosaur
2 deviants said Other (please specify)


Thomas Duffy
United States
Current Residence: Washington State
deviantWEAR sizing preference: Macroscopic
Favourite genre of music: Thrash/Metal
Favourite photographer: Piotr Naskrecki, Art Wolfe, Andrew Zuckerman, Poul Beckmann, David Doubilet, Igor Siwanowicz, Melvyn Yeo
Shell of choice: Chitinous
Wallpaper of choice: Peeling
Skin of choice: Epidermous
I had another one of those crazy uber-vivid sci-fi dreams last night. I was in this huge submarine composed of a spherical metallic shell (actually two of them, one rotating inside the other so that the "floor" always remained parallel to the plane of gravity) embedded in the body of a giant deep-sea anglerfish or gulper eel. I was given a tour of the operations center, which was a densely cluttered tech environment roughly conforming to (part of) the spherical interior--it was packed with controls and terminals, and had these huge wraparound flatscreens that showed the outside environment from different perspectives, so you'd see what was directly above the submarine juxtaposed with what was directly behind it, for i.e., in this kind of disorienting tableau.

We were very deep in the ocean and there were all these huge marine creatures out there, truly giant crabs and other kinds of huge eels. I was interpreting this as an ecosystem that humans had never seen because we had never been able to send probes or submersibles this deep....At the same time I was really alarmed by this whole arrangement and expressed my concerns to the crew, that there was no real analog interface with the outside world--if the mechanical aspect of the vessel lost its connection with the eel body, the human crew would find itself completely isolated. (I'm not sure how this would be that much worse than what you'd suffer in a conventional submarine mishap.  : p )

One of the odd things about the whole scenario was that the eel was apparently a natural organism, though my waking brain ret-conned it to something genetically modified. I also couldn't think of any scientifically valid reason why housing the mechanical shell inside a giant eel would protect it from the extreme pressure of the deep-sea environment...The only (specious) explanation I could come up with upon later reflection was that the body of the animal had been modified to constantly regulate fluid pressure in a sort of hydrostatic fashion, continuously pumping water and body fluids between tissue layers to protect the internal submsersible "cyst."

There was a lot more to the dream, but I can only remember bits and pieces now...There was an ongoing sense of tension or menace, for one thing, almost an impression of deception or duplicity. At one point one of the researchers wanted to bring onboard another giant eel specimen and I tried to warm them that it was toxic and would poison the whole crew, almost that it was a ruse to lure us to our doom. There was also a secondary sequence where the crew emerged from the submarine after years and found themselves in the (now) largely abandoned warehouse facility where they'd originally tested the interface technology for the vehicle; it was as if the vessel's computer had become self-aware and fed them this simulated reality for all that time so it could maintain its own existence.

The whole thing had that quality of being a kind of "movie-within-a-dream"--I was vaguely aware that I was watching or participating in a film based on a Michael Crichton novel (presumably Sphere, though I wasn't making that connection at the time). I realized upon awakening how much aesthetic or narrative flavor can be lent a scenario simply by imagining it through the lens of a known creator's existing body of work--this was essentially a(n admittedly fantastical) Michael Crichton pseudo-tech-thriller brought to life by James Cameron.
  • Mood: Anxious
  • Listening to: Dan Fogelberg
  • Reading: Wicked Histories
  • Watching:
  • Playing: Gauntlet in every imaginable form
  • Eating: Spirulina
  • Drinking: Creatine


"To scorpions, lobsters are mermaids."
Sat Feb 28, 2015, 11:45 PM
I'm doing pretty good with the out-of-body experiences; it's more the "in-body" experience I'm struggling with....
Sat Sep 6, 2014, 7:17 PM
I just saw a recipe for cuttlefish. COOKED IN THEIR OWN INK
Sat Sep 6, 2014, 7:16 PM
Sapient Cuttlefish with power armor? Gosh I think my thoughts may be interfering with your dreams : P
Tue Aug 12, 2014, 5:57 AM
I'm having recurring dreams about sapient cuttlefish in powered armor. WHY??
Wed May 7, 2014, 6:11 PM



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Ouroboros-491 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Hey Thomas. I saw These dinosaur tools and thought of your genetically manipulated dinosaur tools.   Wink and Dimples 
Exobio Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Rad stuff man, I don't know how I didn't have you on my watch list already.
thomastapir Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015
Wow, likewise!  :omg:  And thank you, I am flattered!
Exobio Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your designs are really unique, I like how mindbending some of them are.
thomastapir Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
Aw, thanks!  Mindbending is what we aim for here at Tapir Enterprises.  XP
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NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
After seeing the recent reconstruction of Hallucigenia with its new head and silly little face, I couldn't help thinking this looked like something you might create.  Especially the video where it rears up.  I could see you doing a giant land-dwelling Hallucigenia that had taken on a sauropod lifestyle.…
thomastapir Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
I LOVE the "new" Hallucigenia, and that video!  : D  Hee, I did try turning Hallucigenia into an elephant at one point--or rather, the other way around:
Thanks for thinking of me!  How have you been lately?
NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Ha! I love the hallucigenia-elephants.

I've been all right.  Been super-busy taking care of my kid.  I'm a full-time  stay at home parent right now, and my son is super-energetic.  My art output has gotten pretty low since I really only have a few hours at night to work, and I'm often exhausted.  But hopefully things will pick back up when he starts going to school. Though now I've been working on finally self-publishing the novel I've been writing for seven years.

How have you been?
ilTassista Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
Just curiosity: I was inspired by your art in redesigning ERB's "Tharks." Best!
NeoThark (2 pics) by ilTassista
John-AM Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
After all this time, I FINALLY did something with your flormingo. [Link] See what you think!
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