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Therochelon Studies by thomastapir Therochelon Studies by thomastapir
Fast-moving predatory bipeds descended from turtles, or turtle-like reptilian ancestors. I pictured the smaller ones being mesothermic bordering on homeothermic, and actively hunting in packs, while the larger ones are lumbering, amphibious monstrosities that employ aquatic ambush hunting tactics. In the "Dynasaur" scenario, therizinosaurs would very likely fall into this clade.
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Look out, mah, it's the terrorpins! 
I love the legs on that guy in the upper right and the hands on the lower left.
Hey, what if the shell served as an anchor for interior muscles (perhaps over the hips, evolving into an exoskeleton?

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thomastapir Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
WHOAAA, what a cool idea!  Could lead to some very alien limb architectures emergent from the terrestrapod holotype...Almost an exact inversion of the para-vertebrate faux crabs, in fact.
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RoFlo-Felorez Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i know someone below said it before, but these would definitely be a good model for a realistic Bowser or other form of Koopa, rather than just big walking turtles, cus these guys have the right type of claws i envision whenever i draw a realistic Bowser :D
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Haha, nice!  Yeah, "reifying" Mario (as well as other games) seems to be a popular theme...Cory Tego-Erdner, for one, has done some beautifully naturalistic Mushroom Kingdom fauna:  m0ai.deviantart.com/art/Scrubl…
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RoFlo-Felorez Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
holy crap that actually looks pretty good :O why isnt this a more common trend? there should be much more material of this kind on dA instead of just basic fanart :P 
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
I NO RITE??
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RoFlo-Felorez Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yisss!!
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PineRain Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet idea!
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Thank you, I'm glad you like 'em!  : D
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arvalis Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Turtle raptors is an amazing idea.  I like the top right guy the most, but I like the head best on the dude in the middle.
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