I remember there was talk of reillustrating the aquatitan, so I had to try and see what I could do with an aquatic pachac...

Another thing there's been talk about is straightening the gihugrongos' necks. An obligatorily straight-necked animal can't have a large "dewlap" for heat reduction, so I decided to switch the skin flap from thornderk to the gihugrongo.

The thornderk (now withoug the skin hanging from the tail). The thornderk (Megavacca spinifer) is a 2 tonne browser/gazer saurolope often seen in arid habitats.

The Arabian jackalope (Struthiodactylus arabicus) is a modest-sized jacalope, weighing around 20-35 kilograms. This species is restricted to the Arabian peninsula. Arabian jackalopes feed mostly on grasses, but may also feed on leaves and scrubs. Arabian jackalopes rarely drink, mainly surviving on the moisture they get from plants.

Sketches of the differences of the horns of hippodactylids and struthiodactylids. It's surprisingly hard to draw anything symmetrical in a shaky train car.

The American jackalope (Hippodactylus americanus) is a survivor of a group of fleet-footed ornithopods that entered North America sometimes during the Miocene. These hippodactylids share a common ancestor with Old World jackalopes but seem to have convergently evolved towards a similiar bodyform. They took cursoriality even farther, almost completely losing their forelimbs and reducing the number of functional toes in their legs to one.

An engineer duckgong... erm, engineering. :P

A short-faced duckgong resting on a pebbly beach. (I have no idea what this species is, you tell me..)

The paddle-like forelimbs and flippered hindlimbs of a duckgong (not to scale)

Straight from the sketch pad of a spexplorer, a sketch of a therizinosaur nest.

The sugar cat (Shofixti reichefordi) is a dweller of the rainforest canopy. Though it looks like a cross between a cat and a squirrel, it is a metatherian not unlike HE possums. The sugar cats were originally thought to be exclusive frugivores, but close observation has proven them to be opportunistic omnivores that will even occasionally raid arbronychosaur nests. Naturally these arboreal dinosaurs are also compete with the sugar cats for food, but the secret of the metatherians' success seems to be their prehensile tail that functions effectively as a fifth limb.

The sugar cats are monogamous and live in tightly knit pairs that rarely leave each others's sight. The males are known for their downright suicidal attacks against any threat against the litter they've sired. If a sugar cat feels its nest is being threatened, it may go completely berserk and fearlessly attack an invader as large as a human being. Since the sugar cats have large curved claws and cutting incisors they can do a lot of damage even if they perish in their desperate act of defense.

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