Hey Toka thanks so much!
I remember seeing your Sinosauropteryx years ago. It was jaw dropping, didn’t know you could do something like that with Blender (back in the day when users of other software would laugh at it in forums and FB etc) and it was a huge inspiration for me to slowly keep learning until I could do a dinosaur. Still haven’t tried feathers/fur though haha.
That walkcycle…yeah. I made it partially as a reaction to other models with running (!!!) animations. So I made what in my mind could be the max speed for this animal. With a head nearly 5m in front of those tiny fragile feet, one step in false and it’s game over. I also think the tripod/tail dragging is totally possible, in case they ever left the water, but you know, I’m no expert in biomechanics and there is actually a study suggesting normal walk was possible so I had to include it.
It’s interesting how much of the official reconstructions (knuckle walking, “M” shaped sail) have no actually no evidence backing them at all. Still so much room for speculation. Hopefully we’ll have more discoveries in the near future.