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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.

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:

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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! 
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.
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 ;)
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.
megabass22 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah :)
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
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 :)
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.
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 :)
StorytellerZ Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
My mistake, sorry
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