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010--STYGIMOLOCH SPINIFER by Green-Mamba 010--STYGIMOLOCH SPINIFER by Green-Mamba
project: DINOSAURIA
specimen 010

STYGIMOLOCH SPINIFER
"Horned Devil from the River of Death"
Galton & Sues, 1983
Length: 3m (10ft)
Weight: 90kg (200lb)
Location: Montana, USA
Era: Maastrichtian age, upper Cretaceous (65 million years ago)

Classification:
Dinosauria
Ornithischia
Cerapoda
Marginocephalia
Pachycephalosauria
Pachycephalosauridae
Pachycephalosaurinae

Notes:
Recent analysis may indicate not only that the similar (but flat headed) Dracorex hogwartsia may be a juvenile Stygimoloch, but that Stygimoloch itself may be a juvenile form of the contemporary Pachycephalosaurus wyomingensis.

Synonyms:
Dracorex hogwartsia? Bakker et al., 2006

UPDATE APR 30, 2013:
An old one I wanted to update a bit for a while. The feet always looked wrong to me, so they were completely redrawn, as were the hands. The lineart overall was touched up here and there. Not a major update, but an update nonetheless. As a side note, while I will be keeping this page and animal labeled "Stygimoloch," I no longer believe it to be a valid taxon. Had I done the project with what I know now, I would have done Pachycephalosaurus proper in its place. Go here ([link]) for the original Stygimoloch drawing and compare.
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tomprimal Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
its bin proving that stigy is just a teen pachy
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Green-Mamba Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
"proven" is a strong word to use in paleontology.  that said, i am a follower of the dracorex + stygimoloch = pachycephalosaurus now, and had i done this project now i wouldn't have done stygimoloch.  but this is all in the past now, what's done is done.
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EdaphosaurusPogonias Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What is your view on which dinosaurs are synonymous and which are not?
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Green-Mamba Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
just to hit the immediate obvious ones, i think:

dracorex & stygimoloch = pachycephalosaurus

nanotyrannus = tyrannosaurus

i can go back and forth on torosaurus/triceratops and try to avoid it.

any particular ones you would like to know?
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EdaphosaurusPogonias Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What do you think of the various Allosaurs (Epanterias, Saurophaganax ect). And do you have any of your own synonym theories?
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Green-Mamba Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
epanterias = allosaurus fragillimus

saurophaganax can go either way. i lean toward it = allosaurus now, but i'm not married to the position.

had i been doing the project now with the knowledge i have now i would have done allosaurus and pachycephalosaurus over saurophaganax and stygimoloch.

gojirasaurus i feel goofy for even including and i completely doubt its existence, but that's neither here nor there.

regarding my own... i don't know if i have any particularly unique hypotheses:

bambiraptor = saurornitholestes
megapnosaurus =/= coelophysis
apatosaurus ajax = apatosaurus excelsus (a.louisae is still its own species though)
only one species of diplodocus

i think chinese troodontids are oversplit as of now (north america's way too lumped).

i'm not sure if this fits here but i am not the biggest fan of amphicoelias fragilimus and am not a fan of the exposure a drawing of an incomplete vertebrae that may or may not have ever existed has gotten as of late. it's presence on all of wikipedia's "biggest dinosaurs" chart kind of bugs me to put it lightly.

for the most part i am agnostic to stuff and go with what i believe is the most well backed argument.
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Student Artist
Nice work!:)
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Oaglor Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Best species name ever.
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
I actually prefer its genus name, but both are very fitting.
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TheMeekWarrior Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How does this not have any comments yet? I love the colors you used on this guy, and the detail on the head is fantastic! :D Nice job!
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