|Pixeldust and Renegade 9 studios for Nat. Geographic|
So what should Tuojiangosaurus look like all fleshed out then? That becomes are most important question considering the misinformation that is floating around and the vintage art which surfaces now and again. What should the public be looking for when they imagine the small brained not-so-gentle-giant Chinese stegosaurid? The honest answer is that they should expect to see a fairly typical stegosaurid dinosaur but with thinner, front to back, boney plates than the namesake Stegosaurus with four spikes arranged in pairs on the end of the tail. Its head is held in a middling position with its longer hind legs lifting the tail back and up over the hips behind it. The lower front legs make a wonderful springing base of energy around which the Tuojiangosaurus could shift its weight using those tall hind legs as a fulcrum with which to whip about the tail whenever the front end sprung suddenly from one position to another allowing momentum to add great amounts of energy to the tail and delivering all of that energy in a small area at the end of each keratin sheathed boney mass of tail spike. That is Tuojiangosaurus.
Uses Gregory Paul as a model, coloring not done by Heaston as far as I can tell.