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Nocturnal stegosaur by Hyrotrioskjan Nocturnal stegosaur by Hyrotrioskjan
Mark Witton was right, there are not enough stegosaurs out there [link] These animals need more attention and my All Yesterdays series wouldn't complete without one of these spiky guys. In addintion I want to speculate about temporal activity. Everyone should have seen nocturnal theropods already but ornithishians are- beside Leaellynasaura which is often depicted during the antarctic winter- very rare cases. But even today there are many herbivores/insectivores which become active during the night; for example pangolins or porcupines, but also bigger animals like White-tailed-deers, Spectacled bear and some kangaroos can be watched mostly in the dark.
The animal you see here is a Chungkingosaurus, one of the smallest and most primitive members of the group. Because of the close relationship to Huayangosaurus the stegosaur is shown here with shoulder spikes (and some stage-one-feathers) and some bigger scales at the flanks. I imagine that this animals rest during the day deep in the forests and come out when the night dawns to search food.
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TitanoRex Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
poor little guy having to avoid those big theropods like Yangchuanosaurus and Sinraptor :c
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Indeed =)
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Pachyornis Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist
Awesome!! ;)
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Danke =D
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Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
This is Mbielu Mbielu Mbielu ( a cryptid)
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Maybe ;)
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constancelea Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Awww! Adorable! Are they really only as tall as humans?? From your comparison at the bottom left?
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes, it's one of the smallest known stegonsaur species =)
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constancelea Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Awwww, that's really cute!
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks =)
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