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Khaaaaaannnn! by ScottHartman Khaaaaaannnn! by ScottHartman
It just occurred to me that I didn't have enough oviraptorids up here, so I dusted this one of Khaan off (from 2004) and made enough upgrades to be considered "up to date". It should go without saying that these guys had proto-wings (but not up past their elbows!) and well-developed tail fans.

I also restored these guys have having a more knee-driven locomotion style than most theropods. The reduced tail and forward center of gravity made it seem necessary, but that's a discussion for another time (and a paper and a blog post...).

Edit: I decided in retrospect that I had been forcing the pectoral girdle a bit too far back on the ribcage, so it has now moved a third of a vertebrae forward. I also repositioned the chevrons based on observations of articulated theropod tails, and tweaked the silhouette to bring it fully into the modern age.

As a final note, my five year old daughter now loves this dinosaur, and always follows up the name with "khaaaaann!" while shaking her fist and using what must be her best William Shatner voice.

Edit 2: This time I actually uploaded the current version. Sigh...
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Saurornithoides Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
KHAAAAAAANN!!!
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PedroSalas Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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shadechristiwolven Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Thank you! Ahhhh! Thank you so much! I'm going through an oviraptorid phase in my art and this will be endlessly helpful!
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Happy to have been of service.
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Drakonial Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
I'm not sure, but I may be just favoriting this for the title.
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm ok with that :)
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Qilong Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
It still looks like you've got the palate all flat and squishy, not as in all other oviraptorids. I would suggest fixing that, compare to ZPAL MgD-I/95 and GIN 100/20, both Conchoraptor gracilis.
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It seems that Conchoraptor may be the most extreme example of the ventrally located palate, but I think you are still correct.
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Qilong Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Well, the massively ventrally-displaced pelate, with a vertical ectopteryogid having a C-shape in lateral view occurs at least in AMNH FR 6517, holotype of Oviraptor mongoliensis (it is monly the dorsal half of the ectopterygoid that is preserved in that specimen, but it's enough to show the whole bone was vertical as in other oviraptorids). This suggests that all oviraptorids probably have this structure, though it may be diagnostic to a larger clade -- but given the distribution and definition, this would probably still be called Oviraptoridae. It doesn't look like caengnathids have such a distended palate, and neither does Caudipteryx, contra Longrich.
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well thus concludes one of my more stupid episodes - I uploaded last year's version (it freaking said "2012", and didn't even have the scale bar and rigorous version I'd just finished).

The palate still may not be deep enough for your tastes, but it _was_ improved from last year.

Sheesh.
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