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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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supergoji18 Apr 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
how big?
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:icontyrannosaurusprime:
Around 5 meters (16 feet) long ;)
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supergoji18 Apr 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Big!
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:icontyrannosaurusprime:
Yup, but not Utahraptor-sized ;)
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supergoji18 Apr 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It's more Nanotyrannus sized.
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:icontyrannosaurusprime:
Actually, there is a new Nanotyrannus which is larger than that: [link] ;)
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:icondurbed:
Great! Ive been sketching an Austroraptor recently, seems like I underestimated a bit the head and forelimbs lenght...
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DeinonychusEmpire Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So is it hypothesized that this dromaeosaur was a piscivore?
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ScottHartman 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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triggamafia Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Finally! I've been whoping for this dinosaur to get a skeletal. Thanks! (yeah, there was also one from Qilong, but it didn't feature it's whole hypothetical skeleton)
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