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V.mongoliensis + H.sapiens size chart: Velociraptor by ChrisMasna         Puertasaurus Infographic: Puertasaurus reuili by ChrisMasna
(old version: sta.sh/0cmqi6wjtbk)



******************NOTE: ALWAYS OUTDATED. NEEDS CONSTANT REVISION. SUGGESTIONS ARE WELCOME******************************



Thanks to some of the DA people who contributed somehow to my paleo-education and/or to this infographic:
:iconscotthartman: :iconalbertonykus: :iconewilloughby: :iconmattmart: :iconqilong: :icontyrannosaurusprime: :iconpilsator:


EDITED 18/3/2012: pack hunting as speculative.
tail fan also as display and communication. (Ferahgo-the-aAssassin)

EDITED 31/3/2012: tail around the body when nesting. (MattMart)
Byronosaurus added to the troodontinds found in Djadokhta. (gdog00)

EDITED 15/4/2012: length of the tarsometatarsals corrected, metatarsal pads added.
eyes position less stereoscopic. (gdog00)

EDITED 5/12/2012: no lachrymal horns. (Qilong)

EDITED 5/9/2014: Newer reconstruction, changes in color, posture and wing arrangement (2013). About the wing feather arrangement: :iconsmnt2000: has made a much much better chart: fav.me/d75foyx and fav.me/d75fpbq.

EDITED 24/10/2014: Supraorbital membrane. How (I think) deinonychosaur eye sockets work (Osmatar)



Speed demons? NO. I didn'd have space to include this, but read it: dinogoss.blogspot.com.ar/2011/…
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:iconsketchy-raptor:
I think this is an absoloutely incredible piece of palaeoart, and is one of the most accurate, well drawn dromaeosaurs I have ever seen. Not only is it accurate, the piece is also informarive and true to the fossil evidence, and has been presented in a very original format. I haven't seen an infographic like this in a long time, and I especially like the beige, sepia toned paper like background and slightly more simplistic yet still accurate line drawings of the grooming and resting Velcoiraptor, it makes the piece look like something from a wildlife obsevers handbook, showing one incredibly detailed depiction, highlighting clearly the recognisable details and colour schemes, paired with simpler behavioural obsevational drawings. The proportions are fantastic, and although this Velociraptor is a unique piece, you haven't overblown your artistic license with any over elaborate display feathers, you've kept to the science and restored Velociraptor based on proper evidence, yet at the same time added a unique artistic twist, especially in the colour scheme, which is something I haven't really seen in dromaeosaur art before, but I like it, and prefer it to your older, white Velociraptors, and recomend you stick to this pattern. Overall, I can't say anything bad or ciriticize this piece, and the only piece of advice I would give you is to do more of the lineart behavioural study pieces, perhaps showing the Velociraptor interacting with another species form it's habitiat, something like Protoceratops andrewsi, or maybe another Velociraptor would suffice. and I will leave you with the fact that I am looking forward to similar dinosaur infographics in the future. Well done!
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Critique by OldDocHudsonandCO Mar 17, 2012, 8:44:17 AM
First off, allow me to say that this is incredibly accurate with the facts about Velociraptor mongoliensis. Also, I really like the setup of all of the info boxes, which make it an easy read for multiple groups of people. This would make an excellent poster for classrooms, etc. For the artwork, I can see that a lot of time and dedication was put into this project, especially for the scientific accuracy. I really like the "blue-jay" coloration of the animal, a real step away from the usual darker color schemes used in other works. As a amateur paleontologist, it is something I would used if I need a quick reference on Velociraptor. As an artist, I'm impresses with the creativity. Great job.
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AHathaway97 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This. THIS. This is a beautiful diagram/ restoration of V. mongoliensis. 10/10. I hope you wouldn't mind if I used this for reference next tire I draw a Velociraptor.
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LordOfstamps Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Excellent drawing. Velociraptor was always my favorite.
On a semi-related note, do you think it's possible that velociraptor was sexually dimorphic? Personally I think that the males might have been more brightly colored like modern birds.
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acepredator Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
Or females were much larger as in modern predatory theropods.
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:iconlordofstamps:
LordOfstamps Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
In modern birds the male is more brightly colored and slightly larger.
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:iconacepredator:
acepredator Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
Not in carnivorous birds.
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:iconlordofstamps:
LordOfstamps Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
Velociraptor was not a bird.
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acepredator Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
But birds are the closest things we have to non-avian theropods (except in specialized genera like Spinosaurus)
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ChrisMasna Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Thanks!
I agree, if there was any dimorphism I think it would be primarily in colouration. If there was dimorphism in size, I cannot say it.
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trisdino Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
I just found this drawing, and it is great. The feathers are colorful and detailed, the anatomy is spot on, and the feathers go all the way down the jaw, something that many artists ignore. 
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ChrisMasna Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Thanks, I'm glad you like it!
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trisdino Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
I actually like this one more then the new one, as it is more vibrant, and scientifically accurate. 
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Yokaiou Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
The feathers, arm position, and stance looks authentic and based on known data.  Not sure of the color though but reminds me of a bluebird in my lawn hopping around for food.  Myself I believe the tail fan is for sexual display but I'm sure that just me looking at birds. 
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ChrisMasna Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Thank you. yes, I changed my view on the color since then, now I go with more conservative, brownish coloring.
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SlopDoctor Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
I always assumed the tail was mostly rigid with very little mobility/flexibility past the hips by looking at skeletal reconstructions. The long zygapophyses and chevrons on the tail vertebrae of dromaeosaurs interlock throughout most of the tail. Basically each rod of bone stretching behind each vertebra passes through and locks in with several vertebrae behind it stiffening the tail all the way to the hip with only about the first four past the hip lacking them. The nesting portion bothers me a bit for this reason, of course my understanding could be outdated by now.

Otherwise, excellent, excellent work! Can't stop browsing. :D
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plastikmaniac Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Student General Artist
I can imagine a small flock of these creatures raiding my trash bin at night! :D
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Preradkor Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I must say velociraptors depicted in modern feathery style are just beautiful animals. They looks equaly agile, fast and graceful predators as today cats (to which you compared them here). They even have simmilar mechanism of holding their claws upright during running.
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ChrisMasna Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Indeed! :)
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LittleFireDragon Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
While I already knew pretty much all of this, I'm glad to see this diagram! :D
For one thing it means I don't have to make one myself, and anyway it would pale in comparison to your well-organized and informative, yet pretty diagram.
For another, this means I can share it with others! Faved, not just because I like it, but in hopes that others will find it through me. People need to see this thing.
Easily the best raptor guide out there!
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ChrisMasna Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Thanks soo much! ...although I haven't updated it in a while :P
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Trexking Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Probably the first pleasing to the eyes Velociraptor reconstruction that doesn't look like a photoshopped turkey I have found so far. Good work.
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ChrisMasna Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
thanks a lot :)
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FerBarchetta Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student
good work!
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ChrisMasna Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Thank you :)
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SameerPrehistorica Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist
well done
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pabluratops Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Esta es una de mis infografías favoritas, excelente trabajo Chris!
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ChrisMasna Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Muchas gracias! Me alegro que te guste :)
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blackwolf6249 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Love it! I was wondering if you're going to do a tyrannosaurus rex? it's my favourite dinosaur and I need a reference for a story I'm writing and this is the best one i can find. :D
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ChrisMasna Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Not soon, but definitely yes.
Thankk you, I'm glad to be useful :)
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blackwolf6249 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
can't wait to see it! :D
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Qilong Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
At this point, the only thing I can remark that stands out is that there should be no lachrymal horns. Lateral projections of the lachrymal, which Paul said were "hornlets," are rather part of the orbital rim and do not project upwards, but rather outwards; these lack rugose texture or even enough foramina to suggest they were covered by anything keratinous. It is likely, rather, that they attached ligaments that crossed the dorsal orbital margin to the postorbital, and defined an extension of interorbital bone from the frontals, perhaps even a supraorbital cartilage as in many raptorial birds. This doesn't detract from anything about the eyes you've already said.

Excellent to see this finally completed, it looks terrific! Hopefully this piece will better inform future artists about what Velociraptor is, and is not.
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ChrisMasna Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
The lacrymal horns were an artistic license, which I'll correct right now.

Thank you for your kind words, I'm glad you like it :)
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Cloudwilk Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
It looks cute, but I know it's deadly....
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Ornitholestes1 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great! I would think that, living in the desert, it would have a light tan coat speckled in black like many desert living brds today, rather than a dark grey heat-absorbing one.
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Actually, quite a lot of birds in hot climates have dark feathers. They even have a thermoregulatory function, as they can be raised so that heat is diverted from a bird's main body rather than transferred to it.
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Ornitholestes1 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, thanks! I didn't know that.
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ChrisMasna Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Yes, that's much more probable.
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Just wanted to point out that post-editing this is damn near perfect. Absolute top-notch job.
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ChrisMasna Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
:D that's the weak point of the books, you can't post-edit them often, so my shelves are full of old crap. Internet brings us the solution.
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Brontozaurus Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! I've been planning a Velociraptor piece for a while and this is a reference that I'll definitely use.
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ChrisMasna Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Thanks!
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Teratophoneus Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
awesome. What sdo you think of this one [link]
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gdog00 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
When I ment add Byronosaurus, I ment replace saurornthoides with it because we have more specimens.
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AlysaTaladay Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Marvelous work!
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ChrisMasna Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Thank you!
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AlysaTaladay Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! I hope you don't mind, I linked to it on my blog: [link] This really beautifully represents the kind of lifelike, up-to-date art that I would love to see from hardbound encyclopedias. :)
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ChrisMasna Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
thanks for bring up this in your blog, I appreciate the sharing :D
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StevenGordonArt Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is very cool, it looks good, but also shows a lot of scientific knowledge.

Dromaeosaurs were a really neat bunch of dinosaurs, I can tell they would've acted very much like birds today.

Did raptors hunt in packs? I don't think they all did. Velociraptor lived in deserts, and it would've been too difficult to find food n stuff for a pack. Otherwise, these dinosaurs were generally too small to wrangle with big prey. However, its possible only just one or two species of raptor hunted like this (Deinonychus, Achillobator), just like how lions are the only social big cats.

But I'm just guessing, I like to compare to modern-day critters to get my dino-theories...
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