A lone Therizinosaurus lumbers out of the edge of the forest into the arid plains of what today is southwestern Mongolia, 70 million years ago.
Therizinosaurus ("scythe lizard") was one of the last and largest members of its group, the Therizinosauria. It, like many other derived members of the group, was a theropod with adaptations toward a vegetarian lifestyle, such as a horny beak for shearing and a large abdominal cavity that housed the guts necessary to process plant matter. Its most remarkable feature were its meter-long claws, which had sharp inner edges and were vaguely sickle-shaped. Originally, it was thought that these claws belonged to a turtle or turtle-like reptile (its full name, Therizinosaurus cheloniformis means "turtle-shaped scythe lizard"), and as scientists realized the claws belonged to a theropod dinosaur it was hypothesized that it was some kind of hyper-aggresive predator that disemboweled prey with those huge claws. As paleontological knowledge of this animal and its relatives has progressed, we now believe these animals were similar to the extinct ground sloths in both lifestyle and ecological niches, as slow browsers that used their claws to manipulate foods and as a defense mechanism. Therizinosaurus was almost as large as Tyrannosaurus rex, with comparable weight, but it was taller and shorter, with an estimated length of 10 meters.
Even though therizinosaurs are some of the weirdest animals to even walk the Earth, I personally don't like to draw them, as I think I don't really get their body structure and gait. Nevertheless, I decided to give it a shot and added a fluffy neck for display and large eyelashes to keep the desert sands at bay.