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Amphicoelias fragillimus by DeinonychusEmpire Amphicoelias fragillimus by DeinonychusEmpire
"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous." - Aristotle

Amphicoelias fragillimus (very fragile biconcave) was a large sauropod dinosaur named by E. D. Cope in 1878. And though it is known from extremely fragmentary remains that have since been lost from science, A. fragillimus is possibly the largest dinosaur ever discovered.

I have always loved sauropods and have a deep respect for them. They were undoubtedly amazing creatures. Seeing one in a reconstruction alone is humbling. One of my few regrets in this life is being unable to see a living sauropod. A. fragillimus especially, at an estimated 190-200 feet in length... I'd be perplexed. Stunned. I'd hardly be able to breathe. I'd be like Dr. Grant in Jurassic Park when he first laid eyes on the Brachiosaurus, except I might actually start crying and pass out. It would be very humbling to stand beside something so large it'd make an elephant look small. It's almost hard to believe such creatures once walked on this planet.

Anyway, I hope everyone likes this reconstruction. I gave it my heart. Sauropods are so amazing.

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FredtheDinosaurman Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Student General Artist
Awesome work Rick! Love the way you drew his tail :D
SameerPrehistorica Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist
Nicely done..I also love sauropods.The thing which bothers me is when many people say that Blue whale is that largest animal ever lived.I mean, it is the largest animal known so far.Not as ever lived.
NotAGoddess Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love the colors you chose for it, as well as the way you did the neck :)

And I agree, such Brobdingnagian creatures are truly magnificent even if they are just fossils now.
DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
pauloomarcio Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Fantastic dinosaur!!!!!
Kazanlak10 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
I like the soft tissue ornamentation. I really need to draw some sauropods, haven't drawn one in years
DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I enjoy drawing them, myself. They were tough for me to get the hang of initially. One of these days I'm going to boycott illustrating theropods for a while and constrict myself to sauropods and ornithischians only. xD
DOTB18 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
It's mind-boggling that there was once a animal so large as to make us look no bigger than insects. If there was ever a living thing capable of making anyone feel truly insignificant with its mere presence, it's this.
DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Blayze-EmberScales Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, awesome, I'm not the only person in the world that knows what this is! :D I've always liked big dinosaurs, so naturally I would like the biggest one of all! ^^
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