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Three horns by Tomozaurus Three horns by Tomozaurus
Subadult Triceratops horridus. The life reconstruction for Wikipedia's Triceratops page was in dire need of an overhaul, so here it is.

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:icon20sentryfox:
20sentryfox Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Student Artist
all triceratops skeletons i saw had bent horns and no frill spikes.
I'm kinda confused.
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Mesozoic0906 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
What's your opinion on Ceratopsian "cheek?"
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:icontomozaurus:
Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Awaiting further evidence.
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:iconwikkler:
Wikkler Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Didn't ceratopsids have quills? Confused 
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:icontomozaurus:
Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student General Artist
(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

Read the conversation in response to Wynterhawke07 above.
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:iconyoult:
yoult Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Funny how "Paleoartismo" indeed leads into popular belief, isn't it?
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:icontomozaurus:
Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student General Artist
"Funny" or "infuriating"?
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:iconwikkler:
Wikkler Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Sorry, I've gotten used to seeing all the "accurate" renditions on dA.
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:icontomozaurus:
Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Student General Artist
A word of friendly advice: don't ever trust palaeoart. Memes spread like wildfire and a lot of good artists don't quite have a handle on the evidence. Best to always check for sources first.
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student Artist
Looks perfect!:)
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pilsator Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Three horns and a face, always a good idea. And congrats for improving wiki ;)
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:icontomozaurus:
Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks man
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:iconewilloughby:
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Ooh, this is lovely. The texture is beautiful and even though it's a 2D sideview, the pose is really good, and it has this sense of energy and motion to it even though the animal is standing still. Love it!
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:icontomozaurus:
Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconyoult:
yoult Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
I really like it.
But I think Kaz made a point, unless I have a different opinion. I think the Metatarsal is indeed too thick, but that may depend on the slim appearing shank (my guess is, that the shank looks like that because of the shading of the right leg).
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:iconeriorguez:
Eriorguez Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Subadult eh? ;)

Neat work!
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:icontomozaurus:
Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student General Artist
That way I don't have to hedge my bets either way haha
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Kazanlak10 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Looks good overall and I like the pose, but something about the left hind limb really jumps out at me.  I could easily be wrong here, but to my eyes, the metatarsal area looks very thick in relation to the rest of the leg and it looks as if the toes, particularly the outermost one, are just a bit too long. The forelimbs on the other hand, look really good.
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student General Artist
My mass estimates are based primarily on this study here: www.plosone.org/article/info%3… (it's open access).

The study does not include ceratopsians, but have a look at the hadrosaur. I have also included substantial padding on the bottoms of the feet, which what information we have seems to indicate dinosaurs as a whole possess (see: birds, Concavenator, various footprints). None of this mentioning the overall thickness and the mass required to support weight here.

The bottom-line being I do not support the classic Paulian slimline ankle for large ornithischians. 
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Fantastic!
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Wynterhawke07 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Looks awesome, but I've seen a lot of reconstructions that have quills on their tails.
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:iconyoult:
yoult Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
The Quills are a nice touch, but pure speculation known from the fossil of (the related species) Psittacosaurus.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Aren't there some undescribed Triceratops specimens that may preserve evidence of quills? I may be wrong (my knowledge on ornithiscians is spotty), but I remember hearing something about that some time ago. 
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:icontomozaurus:
Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student General Artist
No there is not. Horner and others have interpreted the 'nipple' scales as being the bases of quills, but this would require a quill and scale to share the same folicle which is of course to our knowledge impossible.
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HybridRex Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist
Are you sure they're scales? Looking at the skin of ostriches, they also have nipple-like structures. Which if they were fossilized would probably resemble scales, especially if there is actual scales surrounding them. So that could be the case...
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:icontomozaurus:
Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Yes, they are definitely scales.
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:iconhybridrex:
HybridRex Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist
Is there any images online? I'm quite curious to see the skin impressions.
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:icontomozaurus:
Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Student General Artist
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Someone needs to update that part of the Wikipedia article on Triceratops, then! It sites a 2010 Science News article. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10…
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Wynterhawke07 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hmm... 
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Cool.
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Bealmeister Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Nice work!
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