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Velociraptor Infographic by ChrisMasna Velociraptor Infographic by ChrisMasna
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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: pack hunting as speculative.
tail fan also as display and communication. (*Ferahgo-the-aAssassin)

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

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

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

Speed demons? NO. I didn'd have space to include this, but read it: dinogoss.blogspot.com.ar/2011/…
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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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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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LordOfstamps Featured By Owner 5 days ago
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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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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