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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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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's a dromaeosaur ("raptor"), but the head seems to converge with spinosaurs. Also, it's good size.
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supergoji18 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
how big?
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TyrannosaurusPrime Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
Around 5 meters (16 feet) long ;)
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supergoji18 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Big!
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TyrannosaurusPrime Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Yup, but not Utahraptor-sized ;)
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supergoji18 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It's more Nanotyrannus sized.
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TyrannosaurusPrime Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Actually, there is a new Nanotyrannus which is larger than that: [link] ;)
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Durbed Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Great! Ive been sketching an Austroraptor recently, seems like I underestimated a bit the head and forelimbs lenght...
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So is it hypothesized that this dromaeosaur was a piscivore?
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That seems to be the consensus, although there isn't direct evidence (e.g. gut contents) like in spinosaurs.
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