Genyodectes serus (Woodward 1901) is a poorly understood dinosaur.
I met him while I was working at the Collection of Vertebrate Paleontology in the La Plata Museum.
Luckily, the fossil had been prepared for the study conducted and published by Rauhut (2004) so when I did my duties in the collection (2011-2012), the holotype (and only assigned material) was in excellent condition. A marvelous smile shining on the shelves!
Since then, I wanted to do a portrait of him as those things that are put on the long list “to do”.
Finally this year the inspiration came and a few weeks ago I started the research background and the sketching, to constrain a bit the rush of the creative speculation…
As you can see … there are not too many barriers to the imagination in this case.. but Genyodectes is very close to Ceratosaurus in dental morphology and some other small details, and both were medium sized theropods.. so cut something here… stretch other there and done: a very conservative skull but not to the boring limit!
If you are wondering where I got the pattern for the skin … well is based on the skin of my dear “overos” (Tupinambis merianae) which fortunately still can be seen in the countryside or in the mountains near my house.
To end the suspense (and after several hours of drawing and computer) here is my portrait of the mysterious smile that captivated me years ago: