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Feathered spinosaur-mimic by ScottHartman Feathered spinosaur-mimic by ScottHartman
Austroraptor, the spinosaur-imitating basal dromaeosaur. I have to admit, I never thought I'd type those words together, but it goes to show that life really is stranger than fiction (fiction, after all, has to be believable).

This is another case where I couldn't in good conscience post the skeletal without the rigorous version. The actual completeness falls well below my threshold for not doing a skeletal, but it was commissioned for a museum display, so I've done what I can, pulling in data from Unenlagia and Buitreraptor to fill in the gaps. It's probably not crazy wrong, but for those of you who hate to have your artwork shown to be wrong by later discoveries: Draw at your own risk!
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DELIRIO88 Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Scott did you hear about the publication made by Currie and Paulina Carabajal?
There are some new infos concerning the animal's arms, the hand and the foot!
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ScottHartman Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, and I just reread it after seeing you bring it up, but it doesn't require any changes (although I could expand the rigorous version to cover "all known material" I suppose - it would look less pathetic).
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DELIRIO88 Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good to know. Time for an Austroraptor live restoration! :D
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ScottHartman Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Whoops, I was wrong - the forearms are even shorter it turns out. Guess I'll have to hop on that later today.
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:iconaction-figure-opera:
Where do you get the spinosaur-imitating descriptor from? I don't see anything spinosaurid in the bones or name.
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ScottHartman Mar 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The reduction of features associated with hyper-carnivory in favor of fish-eating, include the elongated and thin snout, and the teeth that are reduced in size but increased in number. Also, the preserved cervicals suggest a neck that doesn't have as strong of an S-curve as in "normal" dromaeosaurs, which again seems similar to spinosaurids.
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:iconaction-figure-opera:
That makes sense. I guess my confusion arose from the overall skeleton more closely resembling suchomimus or baryonyx, rather than spinosaurus.
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:iconscotthartman:
ScottHartman Mar 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, I meant "spinosaurid", not Spinosaurus.
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:iconaction-figure-opera:
Indeed, I understand that by now.
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PrimevalRaptor Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This here is based on your reconstruction: [link] Of course I gave credit.
Great skeletal, BTW.
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