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Anserimimus by povorot Anserimimus by povorot
Though my flat-bed scanner's fucked right now (making it kind of a pain to scan artwork that's oversized or on watercolour paper), I've got a document scanner that's working juuuust dandy. I present to you - the Anserimimids!

Rising from a lineage of early troodontid herbivores, the anserimimids only rose from the role of marginal herbivores to their current role of grazing megaherbivore in the miocene as a drying climate helped shrink forests and expand grasslands. Along with the more diverse grass-eating mammalian herbivores, the anserimimids largely supplanted the avimimid lineages (the avititans [link] , etc) that had previously dominated the forested earth.
The anserimimids have a very similar digestive system to the avititans, but one that differs greatly, as well. They independently developed the enlarged crop (which acts as a rumen), like the avititans, but have larger, more muscular gizzards and much longer intestines for gleaning nutrients from the grasses. These beasts live very social lives, traveling in herds anywhere from ten to several hundred strong.

I saw these guys having a role somewhere between that of an elephant and a buffalo - large-scale herd animals that would act as keystone species in grassland environments. What do you think - too duck-y? (they're based, again, off of some of those lovely aussie giant birds...)
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Dinolover1416 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015
That's one BIG duck mimic......
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rosutu Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
After browsing through a couple of these, I take it that troodonts are a major herbivore group in wherever the Dinosauroids live. What happened to the Ornithoschians?
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StevoDarkly Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
I just discovered your gallery. This is beautiful!
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RickRaptor105 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
It has nothing to do with the ornithomimid Anserimimus from the Late Creatacious, hasn´t it?
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povorot Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
It's funny - I designed this big guy as troodon descendant, and figured that anserimimus was a great, original new name. I just found out about the ACTUAL anserimimus, maybe, two days ago.

But no - it has nothing to do with the ornithomimid of the same name.
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Social-Animal Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
those arms and hand claws would definitely be useful in some sexual display or interspecific combat. The big dominant bulls could have more sizable claws, using them like tusks or antlers to assert control and let everyone know they're in charge.
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povorot Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
Sometimes this trips me out a little, man. I've been thinking the exact same thing - in this here [link] , a bad picture of a painting I did for me and nemo's collab, I gave the standing male avititan longer claws, just for that reason. I've been mulling over flashier, more impressive claws for some herbivorous dino species, and your comment has really given me a bit more of a push in that direction.
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Social-Animal Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
Dominance fighting could be a crazy mix of claw pushing and grappling like elk, kneck-clubbing like giraffe, and pecking and kicking like a ratite. Really wild stuff.
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whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
Neat! Do things like the Moa and the elephant bird technically count as terror birds? What were your ideas on coloraion?
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povorot Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
No, but they're also favourites of mine, and awesome examples of dominant theropods.
For coloration, I'm not sure yet - something fairly drab, though.
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whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
really! I was picturing something like a jay .. blue & black. I suppose I should look more into the coloration of large animals in general :)
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labgnome Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
I like it very much, doesn't strike me as too "ducky" and definitely a nice addition.
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Chimpeetah Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
I love this design, especially since I love giant flightless birds (which includes dinosaurs LOL ) :)
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povorot Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
Hahah!
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Chimpeetah Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
Oh and thanks a lot for the fav, it was a rather quick drawing (took like two minutes), but photoshop was the real bitch, and sadly it wasn't as great as it could be, unlike yours ^_^
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povorot Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
ha - thanks, man. I actually really like the design that your derived troodontid sports. (I'm a big fan of the reduced tail in future dinos, too.)
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Chimpeetah Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
Oh thanks man ! And yeah, even some past dinos had shortened tails, one I know of is a species of oviraptor, also Epidexipteryx, and a few others, so yes, short tails all the way :D It'd be great if you and I could collaborate as well, maybe I could help with you and nemo ^_^
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Lig28 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
Pretty cool really. I like it. Although it did sort of remind me of an Emu at first. Still quite a neat creature that's for sure. Perhaps this guy would be seen in cave paintings and such. ^^
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povorot Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
hmmm... perhaps...
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OrzhovSlodier Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
Great to see some new dinosauroids.
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AJTalon Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Student Writer
Considering how well some duck species have taken to living on land, using a duck as a basis for a grazing dinosaur is not a bad base at all. Nicely done!
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povorot Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
Thanks, man.
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AJTalon Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Student Writer
No problem.
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Rayn-Hammer Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Joy!
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povorot Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
HAhahaha! I do what I can!
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commander-salamander Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Moa, came to my mind. It looks a lot like the incorrect Moa statues that float around Auckland city. Now that have typed that all I can think of is letching, beer swilling, swearing bronze moas having fights on street corners and cat-calling pretty women.

I dig the delicate details around the head.
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povorot Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
Thanks, man. (Incorrect moas - man. That's priceless.)
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