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The Eye of Sauroniops by HodariNundu The Eye of Sauroniops by HodariNundu
Los diminutos ancestros de hombres (y hobbits, y elfos, y enanos?) observan aterrados a un Sauroniops escondido entre la vegetacion que les devuelve la mirada.
Sauroniops es uno de esos frustrantes dinosaurios que son bautizados y descritos a partir de patéticos restos fragmentarios, de modo que realmente no tenemos idea de como se veian; pero su nombre, que significa "ojo de Sauron" era demasiado epico como para no dibujarlo :>
Sus restos fueron hallados en Marruecos y habría coexistido con Spinosaurus y Carcharodontosaurus.

The diminutive ancestors of men (and hobbits, and elves, and dwarves?) watch in horror as a Sauroniops hidden in the vegetation watches them back.
Sauroniops is one of those frustrating dinos named and described from pathetically fragmentary remains, so we really have no idea what they looked like; but its name, meaning "eye of Sauron", was too epic to be ignored.
Its remains were found in Morocco and it coexisted with Spinosaurus and Carcharodontosaurus.

First Sauroniops in DA, apparently- at least under that name.
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Sirivof Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Student
El sauroniops era mas grande que el T-rex entre 13-15 aprox. de long
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DarthGojira Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
I see what you did there :). Great one!
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JurassicSantana Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I Don't Know Why, but I Remember the ''Clever Girl'' Scene from Jurassic Park :3
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Leggurm Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I see what you did with that stick.
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh, nice composition ;)

But, as far as i've read about this guy, i wouldn't be surprised if he'd turn out to be just a big Carcarodontosaurus (we just have a postorbital which looks veeeery similar to Carcha's ones only slightly larger, for Smaug's sake!)...
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012   General Artist
I actually agree. I'm not fond of this bad habit of naming new genera based on measly fragments like this one.
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, but i guess it has to do with the fact some paleontologists wanna be famous, so naming a new species is the easiest way to gain fame and get the headlines...
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mattsandwik Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
There is no life in the stomach of Sauroniops, only death
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Wynterhawke07 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I see what you did there...
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TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I recall when I give you a link for news on this dinosaur months ago =p.
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MugenSeiRyuu Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Ah, Pop Culture Dinosaur names!

Three Rings for the Maniraptor-Kings under the sky,
Seven for the Ankylosaurid-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for puny mammals doomed to die,
One for Sauroniops on his dark throne
In the Land of Morocco where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Morocco where the Shadows lie.
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MaxterandKiwiKing Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice.
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Kaijuking54 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
how big would this possibly be?
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012   General Artist
Quite big, probably in the same league as Carcharodontosaurus and co. But how to know for sure? U-U
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Kaijuking54 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
hmm somethings telling me its either an enormous abelisaur or an african tyrannosaur judging from the head structure, but then again the appearance is a mystery :?
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Floyatoy Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
It's a basal carcharodontosaurid.
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guilmon182 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wait... It's name means "Eye of Sauron"?... This may be the greatest dinosaur name ever... Yes, I believe so.
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mexicanzilla Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
No sera que clonaron unos 8 de estos en isla Nublar?
O a uno de sus desendientes?
Por que ami eso es un (o una?!) ''Clever girl'' en toda regla.
Que tal que si es y los mamiferitos son el antecesor de Muldoon D:
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   General Artist
Este era al parecer mucho mas grande que la clevah girl XD
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mexicanzilla Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Quien sabe, que tal si resulta ser un maniraptorido desconosido mal catalogado
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   General Artist
Igual sería grande, no?
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mexicanzilla Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Sip, pero que tal si era destino volver a encontrarse frente a frente, y que este Sauronraptor (es mas chevere el nombre) muere ahi por un meteorito o por causa de el mamiferillo
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   General Artist
Yo le hubiera dejado simplemente "Sauron", pero el nombre ya esta ocupado por una araña :S
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mexicanzilla Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Te cae!!
O.O
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mexicanzilla Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
O.O
Te cae?
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ThePinkLugia Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Perhaps dinosaurs were like snakes. The venomous ones had slits, like a cat, while the non venomous ones had round pupils, or whichever way it was.
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   General Artist
Oh, that isn´t a reliable rule... some non-venomous snakes such as pythons have vertical pupils whereas cobras and mambas, for example, have round pupils.
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indigomagpie Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
Also, that's assuming that venomous dinosaurs existed. They might have, sure, but there's no evidence for it (then again, it'd be pretty hard to tell Komodo dragons were venomous just by the skeleton)
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014   General Artist
I'm sure in over 160 million years, many venomous ones must have existed.
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ToshirotheKnightWolf Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
dude, thats just prehistoric awesome :D
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Grincha Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Filmographer
CLEVER GIRL!!!!!
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Tarturus Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And the little mammals learned to their horror that the Eye of Sauron sees all. :D
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Hellraptor Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i see you, there is no life in the void :)
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Eye of Sauron. That. is. awesome.
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Phaedrolous Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Wait a second. This dinosaur was named for its Eye? Somebody found a fossilized eye!?
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   General Artist
No, a bone from above the eye orbit.
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Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sadly dinosaurs likely had round pupils, which ruins the Sauron look. :(
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   General Artist
There's no way to know if they had round or vertical pupils, there were probably both
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Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember reading somewhere that the structure of the orbit indicated a eagle-like pupil. But who knows!
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   General Artist
With so many species and during such a long time I would be more surprised if all had the same sort of pupil :D
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Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very true, the diversity of Dinosauria will never be fully known...The thing I always like to tell my friends is that Stegosaurus lived further from Tyrannosaurus than T-rex does from us!!!
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fawad87 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Student
wow
excellent work
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StevenGordonArt Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
That is a really epic-looking eye.

But is it true that actual dinosaurs would have had circular irises like a bird?

I'd always known that the Raptors in JP had several snake-like qualities to make them look scarier. I guess it sort of became engrained in dinosaur pop culture.
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   General Artist
Well I don´t think it's remote that many dinos had vertical pupils, they were after all related to crocodilians as well- there's even one bird, the skimmer, that has vertical pupils.[link]
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StevenGordonArt Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
True, but Crocodilians did primarily live in the water, unlike their dinosaur cousins. Perhaps it was more a matter of how certain eyes developed for certain adaptations.
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   General Artist
To my knowledge the vertical pupil in crocodilians has more to do with their being active at night rather than being aquatic...
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StevenGordonArt Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
That is true, but I wonder now if some dinosaurs may have been nocturnal...

THat'd be a good subject for a future Hodari picture, heh.
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   General Artist
A recent study of the bony rings in the dinosaur's eyes suggested that many were indeed nocturnal (Velociraptor for example) or crepuscular. :>
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DinoHunter2 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha, awesome. Love the tower allusion with the forked tree branch. ;)
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   General Artist
Love you for noticing XD
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