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Plesiosaur Evolution by Grumbleputty Plesiosaur Evolution by Grumbleputty
A commenter recently pointed me to a (largely defunct) project about an alternate evolution for dinosaurs called Specworld, basically imagining what dinosaurs might have evolved into if it hadn't been for the whole extinction thing. I couldn't resist making my own contribution, so here it is. It's a hypothetical evolutionary path for the plesiosaur, having developed longer, wing-like flippers and a keel on the sides of its' head for quick direction changes while chasing fish.
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Samskiesctt Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015
I agree with CarmenDeanSylvastre. Would love to see this in another angle. Very graceful looking and elegant. Like the color tones as well!
CarmenDeanSylvastra Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
God, it's amazing, could you make the same creature in a different view? Don't stop your great job!
Grumbleputty Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Wow- thanks very much!
AngryBirds514 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Student Digital Artist
let me show your pokeymans
sidetrack1 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
It could pull off from a body model for an irl Latios or Latias. Sorry if i'm taking away from the seriousness of this by mentioning Pokemon "^_^ .
Grumbleputty Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
it's never inappropriate to mention Pokemon :)
brandon-bowling Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
Hauntingly beautiful and slightly surreal. Very nice work.
TarbosaurusBatar Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! It's so alien.
ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is beautiful!
PineRain Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's beautiful!
ksdinoboy95 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
this work is beautifull as can be AND holds up nicely to its paleontology holds up perfectly! thanx for the treat!
aloha from kauaii~kenney
Grumbleputty Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow- thanks!
Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant speculative evolution!
Jinggo78 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Probably takes 3 hours to swallow each bite of food. It's a looooong way to the stomach! Hope there's a movie.
Yumezaka Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Archipithecus Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thought at first it was for a xenobiology project!
Glitterboy2098 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the Speculative dinosaur project is not defunct, it's just undergoing a period of revision due to some of the ground breaking discoveries that have been made in the last few years. consensus on the specific changed that need made is still not yet achieved. (the site won't get updated until some of the finer details are worked out.. we are getting closer though)
the discussion is ongoing at the yahoo group mailinglist.

though i am sad to say, in Spec the entire Plesiosauria family is extinct.. the Mosasauria have replaced it for the most part. there is the Leviathan however which is a Mosasaur with convergently similar bodyplan.

this creature is very impressive though. i'm not sure how plausible it is, but it looks great.
cultistofvertigo Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
It's not just defunct, it's deader than dead. They can have fun posting on an irrelevant newsgroup for decades without making any progress whatsoever, that's fine, but there IS no specworld. It doesn't exist. The only traces of it left are on deviantart and some patchy wiki backups. It would be great if there was a new, real site (not a temporary thing that disappears overnight), but seeing as the people behind it are so lost in the stone age that they're legitimately using yahoo of all things it's time to face facts and realize that the speculative dinosaur project is over and, aside from a hopeful complete backup that some concerned fan may create in the future, it's never coming back.

People really need to quit spreading this "it isn't dead" rumor around because it's really heartbreaking when you realize how empty of a statement that is.
Grumbleputty Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Glitterboy- I didn't dig too deeply into the science of my idea, so I can't make much of a case for its' plausibility- but I did have fun making it. Bummed to hear Plesiosauria are still extinct in Spec- the poor guys can't catch a break!

I look forward to seeing the next incarnation of the Speculative Dinosaur project- it's a terrific idea that has already produced some really inspiring artwork.
whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Woahhhhh, so cool! I love the head shape you chose :3
Hunter12396 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wingnut55 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
very interesting work, quite a creepy critter.
ilTassista Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
a beautiful creature
Rodlox Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
very cool. I imagine it has short-necked relatives who look even more manta ray-like than this one already does?

lots of Spec-related links are down for one reason or another, sadly. but its still going strong.
Corvo-Attano-117 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its like a butterfly in the sea :iconiloveitplz:
Maraxor Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
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