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Laophis crotaloides by HodariNundu Laophis crotaloides by HodariNundu
Una versión libre de Laophis crotaloides, una víbora gigante cuyos restos fueron hallados en Grecia y descritos en 1857; al principio se le creyó emparentada con la víbora de cascabel. Hoy se cree que probablemente era más próxima al genero Bitis (como la vibora bufadora y la vibora del Gabón).
No he podido encontrar ninguna referencia que especifique su tamaño, pero ha sido descrita como la víbora más grande conocida, bastante mayor que cualquiera de nuestros días.

A free version of Laophis crotaloides, a giant viper whose remains were found in Greece and described in 1867; at first it was thought to be related to rattlesnakes. Today it is thought to be closer to genus Bitis (like the Gaboon viper and the puff-adder). I haven´t been able to find any references specifying its size, but it has been described as the largest viper known, substantially larger than any alive today.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Except, Darren Naish said that it was only slightly larger than the biggest modern viper. Not "substantially larger".
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014   General Artist
I believe I didn´t base this on that guy's words, but rather on an old book that described it as a giant. Who knows.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
I would trust Darren's judgement over outdated sources, if I were you. I don't understand this need for certain artists (not just you) to go for the high-end of the estimates, as opposed to more skeptical estimates.
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014   General Artist
If you were me, you wouldn´t be interested on "skeptical estimates". You would be attracted by the biggest, and beyond.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
But is the biggest even reasonable or realistic? That's my problem with the more unreasonable estimates.
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014   General Artist
If I concerned myself with what's reasonable or realistic, I wouldn´t be a fiction writer. It is a "problem" we obviously don´t share.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
But these are real animals...

Are you telling me you care more about your Hodarized impressions of these animals, than the real ones? If so, then fine, a strong imagination is a good thing :)

I didn't mean to be overly critical, I just wanted to know if we were coming from the same direction. My impression of prehistoric animals is usually maintained as being as close to the real thing as possible, but if you differ in that regard, you need only say so.

I hope you're not mad, I just didn't understand your position, but now I do.
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014   General Artist
You ask:

"Are you telling me you care more about your Hodarized impressions of these animals, than the real ones?"

And it's a curious question, really. What do you mean by "caring"? I am obviously fond of the pics I draw, because they are a creation of mine. I put my imagination, dedication and whatever talent I may have into them. It's the same when I write a story. So in that sense I suposse you could say I do "care" about my "hodarized impressions", same as any artist cares about their own work.

Real dinosaurs are not my creation. I love them, and I love learning about them. But that doesn´t mean I can´t add my own spin when drawing them, because that's what artists (or at least, non-scientifically minded ones) do.

"If so, then fine, a strong imagination is a good thing "

Yes, I believe so too.

"I didn't mean to be overly critical, I just wanted to know if we were coming from the same direction. My impression of prehistoric animals is usually maintained as being as close to the real thing as possible, but if you differ in that regard, you need only say so."

I have said it many times, and I am amazed that it still isn´t clear, but I guess that's what I get for uploading so much prehistoric-themed stuff. :B


"I hope you're not mad, I just didn't understand your position, but now I do"

I am mad, isn´t it wonderful? :D But I'm not mad as in angry, don´t worry. I get it that I may be difficult to understand sometimes. But you really don´t HAVE to understand me. If you like my work, you can continue enjoying it as long as you take it as what it is only- a product of someone's imagination. Inspired by reality, yes, but not necessarily limited by it.
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LacitheHunter Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Hi.Don't know if you know but,could this baddy be about as big as an anaconda or python,or bigger?
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biomanzilla Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
If you don't know just how big it was, how do you know it was bigger than modern vipers?
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