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So after some rocky (and I bet confusing for everyone following) progress regarding what the hell creek is going on with this project (which now identifies itself as Saurian) I know there will be a lot of questions. And in response to those questions I say: "Here have a t.rex".

Though I wish I was so talented, not all of this is my work. The animation itself is by our animator Bryan Phillips. Model and texture work by me, and design by me, :icontomozaurus: and Alex Lewko. Enjoy.

UPDATE:
So we managed to get a comment from John Hutchinson on the movement of our rex. Turns out we got a few things wrong, and it is supposed to be even stiffer. So here is the updated animation. I don't expect too many people to really catch the differences, especially without a comparison shot, but trust me they are there.

For more information on Saurian (and hopefully answers to your questions), check out:

IndieDB: www.indiedb.com/games/saurian
Twitter: twitter.com/SaurianGame
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sauriangame
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:iconrobertfabiani:
robertfabiani Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
legs look odd but very nice design
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:iconhollowwolf497:
HollowWolf497 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
Project Saurian has taught me so much more about dinosaurs than I had ever knew. For example; I didn't know there was a theory that the famous Tyrannosaurus Rex had feathers! I also didn't know that there was even a debate about the existence of the also famous Triceratops... And all of these knew dinosaurs that I hear about? Holy guacamole, my brain is about to overflow from all of this new, intriguing information.

But to imagine what I will discover once this game comes out? Oh my...

Thank you so much for devoting all of your time to Saurian. I am so excited for its release, and will be donating some money too in meanwhile! 
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:icondotb18:
DOTB18 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
There is no debate regarding the existence of Triceratops. The debate is about whether Torosaurus is the same animal as Triceratops or a different species.
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:iconmegabass22:
megabass22 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Exactly. Some researchers suggested that Torosaurus merely represented a fully grown Triceratops. Since "Triceratops" was named first, the genus would still be called Triceratops.
So the debate was on the existance of Torosaurus ;)
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:icondotb18:
DOTB18 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
Right. The only reason there's a "debate" about the existence of Triceratops is because those in the news media don't understand the rules of taxonomy.
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:iconmegabass22:
megabass22 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah :)
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:iconstorytellerz:
StorytellerZ Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
As a dinosaur fanatic, I don't think I'll ever get used to the notion that T-Rex had feathers. I know it's a popular theory, but I'm gonna be pretty biased here and say that I'd be fine with a juvenile T-Rex having feathers because they would need them to insulate their bodies, but they would shed them completely as they got older and bigger. So, I was wondering if there would be an option to select a T-Rex with feathers or a T-Rex with just plain scaly skin. 

Also, I'm a little confused as to why the T-Rex has feathers in this game and the Velociraptors don't because there is much more evidence of Raptors having feathers than T-Rex and other large members of the Tyrannosaur family
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:iconmegabass22:
megabass22 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There is more evidence for Tyrannosaurus (writing it as T-Rex is inaccurate, if anything it should be T.rex with a small "r" ;) ) having feathers than there is for it not having them, looking at it from a phylogenetic standpoint (taxonomy and stuff), we can see that most early tyrannosauroids, the ancestors of the later, larger forms, have them (probably all, but they aren´t all super well-preserved), since there is no good reason for Tyrannosaurus to de-evolve them, and no evidence against it having feathers.
For evidence for larger Tyrannosaurus actually having feathers, refer to "Yutyrannus", google it :)
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:icontyranttr:
TyrantTR Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Unfortunately we have no plans to create alternative skins, it just doesn't make sense. There is plenty of room for variation amongst members of a species, but nothing so extreme as to have drastically different integument. The team evaluated our options long and hard but we decided it was the artistic direction of the game to lean as much to the facts as possible. This restoration is where things are pointing right now, if we find a tyrannosaur mummy with full scaly skin sometime in the coming years, maybe we can talk about bald tyrannosaurs then, but as of now feathers are the more conservative approach.

As a fellow dinosaur fanatic and paleo artist, I struggled with feathered tyrannosaurs for a while myself. But if you want big scaly beasts you can still have them. Abelisaurs are known to have scales, and some of them even got to be as big as t. rex. Carnosaurs are out in the open right now. We have some scale impressions from juvenile allosaurs and though they aren't nearly enough to rule anything out they are still safe to reconstruct entirely bald. I suppose I just don't understand why t. rex has created this big battle ground of scales vs feathers, there is plenty of known scaly dinosaurs to go around.

And in regard to the velociraptor question, we actually don't have velociraptors in our game. You are thinking of crynosaurs which the team behind Saurian was affiliated with for a while. That velociraptor was not made by any member of the current team and was made before the game became as rigorous scientifically as it is now.
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:iconmattoosaurus:
Mattoosaurus Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
What dinosaurs will be in the game? Will dinosaurs be unlockable? When's the prototype arriving? Will it be on Mac? I'm sorry I just need to know, could y'all pleaaaaaase release some WIP game footage? Just a T. rex walking through a forest for 13 seconds is all I ask :)
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:iconstorytellerz:
StorytellerZ Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
My mistake, sorry
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:iconikechi1:
Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
can i borrow this for that project i told you about?
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:iconjonagold2000:
JonaGold2000 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How come most things on DA have better animations than Disney channel shows and some discovery channel docus they REALLY need to work on their effects
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:iconelfik-traktor:
elfik-traktor Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
T-rex is amazing but now my fave (maybe it's surprising) is Thescelosaurus 
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:iconbellumsaur:
Bellumsaur Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This... is... awesome.
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:iconnukilik:
Nukilik Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Student Filmographer
I'm in awe. 

I don't t think I've ever seen an accurate feathered t.rex that looked this great. Wonderful.


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:icongiga-fan123:
Giga-fan123 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Wow! you could make a documentary with that thing :)
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:icondinosaurhunter100:
DinosaurHunter100 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Besides, the feathers still do look awesome. As for Project Crynosaurs and Dinosaur Battlegrounds, it kinda sucks to hear that, because this is a pretty awesome model/restoration. But if it belongs exclusively to Saurian, then there's not much to say about that concept.
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:icondinosaurhunter100:
DinosaurHunter100 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Despite the fact Tyrannosaur skeletons don't have any evidence of feathers, probably didn't have them, I think this is really awesome! Weird how I see this model also in Dinosaur Battlegrounds and Project Crynosaurs.
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:icontyranttr:
TyrantTR Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well the skeleton of course wouldn't show any sign of feathers. I dare you to find evidence of feathers on any bird skeleton and see for yourself. We do have impressions of feathers from rexes closely related kin. So feathers are actually a rather conservative choice for restorations, Given that a fully naked and scaly animal is not known throughout all of coelurosauria. Feel free to look it up and check my facts, I try my best not to say anything I cannot immediately back up with citations.

To clear up the situation with Dinosaur Battlegrounds and Project Crynosaurs, those are both collaborations that did not pan out. They no longer use this model, it is exclusive to Saurian.
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:icondinosaurhunter100:
DinosaurHunter100 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Getting mad over the fact I highly doubt Tyrannosaurus rex had feathers? That's asinine. Yutyrannus actually had feathers, and shows evidence of them; and it's supposedly an ancestor to T. rex, 'enough evidence to claim rex had feathers like a bird.' I never said anything horrid about your awesome work, I just dislike the feathers because -I- think it's highly inaccurate. But that's just my opinion/assumption.
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:icontyranttr:
TyrantTR Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorry if I came off appearing "mad". I was actually quite calm in my response because I get this a lot, and was only meaning to educate.

Your assumption is what is inaccurate, as the assumption is dinosaurs are scaly by default, which is actually what the last twenty or so years of paleontology has shown us is not the case. Tyrannosaurs is what we call a coelurosaur, all major groups of coelurosauria have some animal with some feathered impressions. Even basal forms, which goes to show that feathers are likely a trait of tyrannosaurus' lineage. By the study of phylogenetics we can therefore deduce tyrannosaurus itself likely had feathers. It is, as I said, the conservative choice for paleo-restoration. And the bald and scaly option, until explicitly shown otherwise, is the speculative choice.

You're of-course free to have artistic preference, but in matters of science there is no preference; only what is or is not likely. And given what we have now its far more likely tyrannosaurus is feathered than it was bald. That could change tomorrow, but it simply hasn't yet. And if you don't want to take my word for it, ask an expert. During the making of the fauna in this game, we emailed plenty of paleontologists who where very generous with their responses and the information they gave. A little research never hurt anyone. :)

At any rate I am glad you like my work, I just feel it is important to make special note of the science behind our designs. It is well researched and if we are ever caught in being inaccurate we are actually happy to change what we've done to accommodate new knowledge.
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:icondinosaurhunter100:
DinosaurHunter100 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed, and agreed. I'm sorry if I did offend you, I just wanted to share my personal opinion on this.
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:icontyranttr:
TyrantTR Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No harm no fowl. I am sure the source of the problem lies in the use of the word inaccurate. I have no problem with artistic preference, and I take it as a great compliment that someone who likes traditional scales also likes what we've done with our rex. I would suggest you be careful at how you articulate comments like that in the future, I wouldn't have said anything if it weren't for a few choice words. :)
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:icondurbed:
Durbed Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
All right, I'll bite. How can you tell it's "inaccurate"? by definition accuracy requires a certain amount of evidence, it's not a matter of opinion. Perhaps you just chose the wrong word.
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:icondinosaurhunter100:
DinosaurHunter100 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, my first reply to you is way too harsh... But that's because I mistook the 'I'll bite' crap, making me think you're pissed with me an my assumption. Look, I was just sharing my opinion, nothing more than that. An opinion that apparently you can't seem to handle only because I, unlike you, don't think Tyrannosaurs had feathers. If it did, I'm sure they were like this, but I'd assume they're more like those found on Eotyrannus. Yes, I did choose the wrong word, but alas, I didn't come here to debate as I said, I came just so I can see this animation, and give my opinion on it. I wish to debate no further sir, good day to you.
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:icondurbed:
Durbed Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
I was merely stating that accuracy- or lack thereof is not something subjective or based on a personal preference. It must be backed up by something, call it direct evidence or cladistics. No hard feelings, and good day.
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:icondinosaurhunter100:
DinosaurHunter100 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You'll 'bite'? Oh wow, my OPINION seems to have fucking hurt you. Yes I did use the wrong word, but I didn't say this excellent restoration is inaccurate. I said the scientist's ideas of Tyrannosaurs having feathers is inaccurate TO ME. Think what you want, I don't care, I'm just sharing my thoughts on this, and I did NOT ask for your opinion whatsoever. Shut up before this gets ugly, I didn't come here to ruin someone's epic work and debate dinosaur feathering with an idiot who obviously can't take a personal opinion.
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:iconwhiskerfacerumpel:
WhiskerfaceRumpel Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay!  He is feathered!  :lol:  The cycle looks really cool, great job! 
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:iconcloudedquagga:
CloudedQuagga Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
That looks so real! Nice work.
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:iconebervalius:
Ebervalius Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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:iconkazuma27:
Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
One of the best animated rexes i've seen in a long time, that's for sure... By the way, will the game you're creating will also be available for consoles or it's only for pc?
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:icontyranttr:
TyrantTR Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Right now its only going to be for PC. Pending funding we may be able to approach the console markets as well, but we don't want to get ahead of ourselves.
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:iconkazuma27:
Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I see. Too bad my pc is waaay too old, i guess, to properly run this game (it's from 2004 :P)... You know the funny thing? Two years ago i started to imagine how the perfect game with dinosaurs should have been and it was something quite similar to your project (free roaming, grounded in science, etc); two years forward and this happens, so i guess it's true great minds think alike ;)
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:iconkaiserlisk:
kaiserlisk Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Mere words cannot express how lovely this is. I'll be looking forward to more in the future.
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:icontitanlizard:
titanlizard Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
Every dinosaur documentary needs CG models like this and the Triceratops
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:iconyutyrannus:
Yutyrannus Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Maybe do an animation of Yutyrannus? Maybe? Please do, that would be awesome :)!
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:icontyranttr:
TyrantTR Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Given the nature of how this animation came to be (its for a game) I don't find it very likely that we will do a Yutyrannus one any time soon. I'd be happy to do a sculpt, sometime in the future, but an animation won't be possible for a bit, we have other things that need animating. :)
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:iconyutyrannus:
Yutyrannus Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Oh well, you at least have a fully feathered and winged Velociraptor to animate right?
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:icongojira5000:
Gojira5000 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope, not unless Saurian's going to Mongolia. :P
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:iconyutyrannus:
Yutyrannus Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
Yeah, I just found out that its just Hell Creek. Will you at least add Acheroraptor though?
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:icontitanlizard:
titanlizard Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Just love it :D
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:iconcarlosdino:
Carlosdino Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
This is  a fucking amazing realistic scaly-feathered Tyrannosaurus!! :P :P :P :P

Love the movements, the colours and cassowary-like feathers!! Instant fav!
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:iconsnakeman2013:
Snakeman2013 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013   General Artist
Bravo! BRAVO! Clap
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:iconhollowwolf497:
HollowWolf497 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Brilliant!!! Absolutely brilliant! You guys have been making bootiful progress, and your impressed crowd has taken notice of it. Keep up the good work! 
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:iconzimices:
Zimices Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist
Clap 
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:iconpilsator:
pilsator Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, the awesome.
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:iconwatcherinthepuddle:
WatcherInThePuddle Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Terrifying to imagine such a beast. A 14 meter bird with a head bigger than a human and 20cm teeth is scary as shit but somehow paleoart these days take out the spirit of these creatures, trying to go "oh how noble"
screw that these creatures must have been pant-pissingly scary up close
....
anyway, heres a fav
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:iconorionide5:
Orionide5 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Wow... exceptional.
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:iconfredthedinosaurman:
FredtheDinosaurman Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Amazing animation for a game that is so unknown. There are many T. Rexes out there but this is one of the best animated ones for sure, I don't like Rex with feathers but this is exceptional lol BEAUTIFUL ANIMATION!!!
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