The team of artists and paleontologists created, in their own opinion, the most accurate image of T-Rex. To do this, they used the latest research data.
The result was a plump, smooth-skinned beast with graceful forearms and a very low center of gravity. Perhaps the most serious change in the new work is the absence of feathers from a tyrannosaur. Some experts claim that T-Rex did not even have them.
“[The team] has been working since the skeleton, having spent months on the image of the muscles. Now everyone can see the result, ”says paleobiologist and lead dinosaur skeleton artist Scott Hartman, who provided advice during the project. “I was stunned by how much time they spent and how much attention they paid to details.”
Led the project R. J. Palmer. At the request of Saurian video game developers, he studied more than 20 published research papers on T-Rex and its physiognomy. In particular, Palmer focused on the work of 2017, published in the journal Biology Letters, in which it was assumed that this dinosaur was not covered with feathers in some places, as suggested earlier, but on the contrary, it had no feathers at all.
Skeleton in new reconstruction of T-Rex / © Saurian
Like all the other discoveries of the new reconstruction, the lack of feather cover is controversial, but Palmer and his team believe that they achieved the most accurate image in accordance with the available data.
For example, based on bird physiology, they placed keratin plates on the back of T-Rex. In addition, biologists have added extra tissue in the mouth on the chin line to hide their teeth when the mouth is closed, based on small holes in the bones of the dinosaur that could supply this tissue with nutrients.
Muscles in the new reconstruction of T-Rex / © Saurian
Considerable attention was paid to the details – up to the blunt claws on the legs (which would have been rounded with constant blows to the ground) and sharp claws on the upper limbs (which in principle were not adapted for something concrete). The giant drawing, which took 320 hours to work on, will be placed in the Museum of Natural History and Science of the State of New Mexico.
The final reconstruction of the T-Rex / © Saurian
“I have to say that there are not so many pale projects in the world that pay so much attention to the image of a believable appearance of animals,” says paleontologist and pale painter Mark Witton, who also advised the project.