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095--VELOCIRAPTOR MONGOLIENSIS by Green-Mamba 095--VELOCIRAPTOR MONGOLIENSIS by Green-Mamba
project: DINOSAURIA
specimen 095

VELOCIRAPTOR MONGOLIENSIS
"Mongolian Swift Thief"
Osborn, 1924
Length: 2m (6.8 ft)
Weight: 15kg (33 lbs.)
Location: Ömnögovi, Mongolia
Era: Campanian age, upper Cretaceous (75 million years ago)

Classification:
Dinosauria
Saurischia
Theropoda
Tetanurae
Avetheropoda
Coelurosauria
Maniraptoriformes
Maniraptora
Aviremigia
Paraves
Deinonychosauria
Dromaeosauridae
Velociraptorinae

Notes:
Velociraptor is one of the few dinosaurs with physical evidence of possessing feathers without having been preserved with direct feather impressions--in 2007 a very well preserved forearm was discovered with quill knobs, the attachment points for feathers.
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nchamunda Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Student General Artist
That was one ugly Velociraptor
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trisdino Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
I suppose making it vulture like is not technically that much of a stretch, but dayum is that thing ugly. 

Great drawing though. 
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blidjdorp-rex Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
oh gosh, ugly head! not fluffy enough! xD
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Snakeman2013 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013   General Artist
nice way to make it look more scavenger than hunter
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Is is bald for thermoregulation? I think it could get away with a fully feathered head, being nocturnal.
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Green-Mamba Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
bald for reasons vutlures are bald--less preening requirement, though i do understand that dromaeosaurids would be better at preening their head thanks to hand claws. so maybe not the best reason--perhaps so it could spend longer periods bathing in nasty viscera for some reason. i dunno.

mostly did it because it looked striking and is not at all outside of the realm of possibility. helps really differentiate it from my previous deinonychosaurs.

there were more whimsical reasons too--i kind of wanted it to look like a very nasty and grotesque animal, the kind of thing you would turn the other way if you saw it out walking around. and it looks just crazy enough to think it would stand a chance against a full grown protoceratops.
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SporemasterHIMPO Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist
Oooo very nice feathering design! I like it. Especially the head is very plausible :D
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triggamafia Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't care what anyone else says. This specimen is.... beautifullll. <33
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student General Artist
haha it's so ugly, I love it.
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LanexCyteri Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
lovely
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