Spinosaurus aegyptiacus Illustrated by Zhao Chuang
As we approach the fourth anniversary of the ground-breaking work on Spinosaurus aegyptiacus published in September 2014 by Ibrahim et al, which depicted this North African Theropod as a quadruped, very much at home in aquatic environments, we thought we would feature an illustration of Spinosaurus by Zhao Chuang.
An Illustration of the Dinosaur Spinosaurus aegyptiacus
Picture Credit: Zhao Chuang
The Artwork of Zhao Chuang
Zhao Chuang is a scientific illustrator and palaeo-artist who has been responsible for providing the artwork to accompany numerous dinosaur and pterosaur fossil discoveries. His work has been published in leading academic journals such as “Nature” and “Science and Cell”. He has collaborated with several museums and research institutions including the prestigious Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chicago University and the American Museum of Natural History, based in New York. Visitors to the amazing exhibition “Dinosaurs of China – ground shakers to feathered flyers”, held last year at Wollaton Hall and the Lakeside Arts Centre (Nottingham, England), will have viewed a number of his works, as the prehistoric life illustrations of Zhao Chuang formed many or the backdrops and information panels to the fossils on display.
The front portion of the Spinosaurus as depicted by Zhao Chuang is a spectacular piece of art. It is always a pleasure to feature the illustrations of palaeo-artists on this blog.
To read Everything Dinosaur’s 2014 article summarising the work undertaken to redefine Spinosaurus by Ibrahim et al: Spinosaurus – Four Legs Are Better Than Two
I honestly think that this interpretation will be considered laughable in very few years. To postulate a creature that heavy walking on its delicate knuckles is beyond absurd. Not to mention the highly dubious nature of the “research.”
By the way, what creature walks on its knuckles?
Anteaters walk on their knuckles, Gorillas and chimpanzees too.
Pangolins sometimes use their knuckels for Walking too.
And for extinct species like ground sloth and chalicothere it is possible that they used there knuckles for Walking.
So, not that uncommon.