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106--AVISAURUS ARCHIBALDI by Green-Mamba 106--AVISAURUS ARCHIBALDI by Green-Mamba
project: DINOSAURIA
specimen 106

AVISAURUS ARCHIBALDI
"J. David Archibald's Bird Lizard"
Brett-Surman & Paul, 1985
Length: 45cm (1.5ft)
Weight: 200g (7oz)
Location: Montana, USA
Era: Maastrichtian age, upper Cretaceous (65 million years ago)

Classification:
Dinosauria
Saurischia
Theropoda
Tetanurae
Avetheropoda
Coelurosauria
Maniraptoriformes
Maniraptora
Aviremigia
Paraves
Avialae
Ornithurae
Ornithoraces
Enantiornithes
Avisauridae

Notes:
The youngest known Enantiornithine, Avisaurus represents a problem many Enantiornithine birds have, known from very scant fossils--in the case with Avisaurus, only a single tarsometatarsus has been published (though there is apparently an undescribed partial skeleton).
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lollipop3455555555 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
I adore the bearded vulture color :D
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darklord86 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Nice!
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bhut Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
It looks rather like a modern bearded vulture - very impressive!
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool, what kind of lifestyle he could have had?
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Green-Mamba Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
i've heard something similar to modern birds of prey, but it's hard to tell, when the only described specimen is like a single bone.
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep!
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome! Love the Lammergeier markings!
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NinjaMonkey38 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the colour scheme! Lemme guess: lammergeier.
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Green-Mamba Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
correct
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Nice coloration and interesting angle. This is one of your best so far, in my opinion.
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