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Sapeornis - a weird Early Cretaceous non-oviraptor by ScottHartman Sapeornis - a weird Early Cretaceous non-oviraptor by ScottHartman
A mere 11 years after I originally put this together, here is an updated Sapeornis skeletal. This one came from the weird "transitional phase" between when I switched from pen and ink skeletals to doing them all in the computer. I'll probably write up something on my website about it in the next week. In the meantime, enjoy!
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Asuma17 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconnappaplz::iconsaysplz:OMG, It's the bird from HELL!

:iconvegetaplz::iconsaysplz: WHAT The HELL is that suppose to be!? A scientific experiment gone wrong?

:iconnappaplz::iconsaysplz: Uh…They call it a Say-pi-or-niss?

:iconvegetaplz::iconsaysplz: It's not like any dinosaur I've ever seen alive, I mean look at the thing it's like the mutant of the dinosaur world! It's got the body of dinosaur, the feet of a Toucan has fucking huge hands and a stumpy tail! That's no dinosaur that is nature gone wrong! If this thing was one planet Vegeta it be scorn out of existence, I bet even the creatures of it's time laughed or looked in disgust of this thing!

:iconnappaplz: By the way what the hell is an Oviraptorian!?

:iconvegetaplz: I don't know their suppose to be like bird-like dinosaurs with weird head gear on their heads and have parrot-like faces with the body of Gallimimus...

:iconhellyeaplz: Bet you that one of those things had a bad run in….

:iconvegetagrinplz: Hahahahaha! Oh Nappa your just to much!

:iconvegetasayshuhplz::iconsaysplz: You what else?

:iconnappaplz::iconsaysplz: No What?

:iconvegetagrinplz::iconsaysplz: Bet you a quick blockbuster ditch in Jurassic World!

:iconhellyeaplz::iconsaysplz: OH that would be perfect! LOL

REALITY CHECK

I've seen dinosaurs with buck teeth, sauropods with stegosaur thagomizers, tyrannosaurs with three fingers and head crests, raptors with double-sickle claws, pterosaurs with bristles for teeth hadrosaurus with horns on their noses and sauropods with the shortest necks ever, but THIS THING really does take the cake out of strangest dinosaur of all time!
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Protobirds are all a little weird if you ask me. At least it was small enough you could have taken care of it with a good arm and a tennis racket.
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Yutyrannus Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
Indeed it is weird, although now the weirdest dinosaur of all time has to be Deinocheirus.
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Deinocheirus is weird (I've seen the specimen), but it doesn't strike me as any weirder than your average therizinosaur. In fact it looks like a giant ornithomimid trying to BE a therizinosaur.
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Yutyrannus Featured By Owner 6 days ago
I mean with the bizarre skull. Apparently it is trying to be a hadrosaur as well as a therizinosaur.
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Asuma17 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks more like an Oviraptor though and I know birds are dinosaurs, but this is actually a dinosaur itself which makes it weirder.

:iconvegetagrinplz::iconsaysplz:Yeah then skewer it up and grill it right on the Barbe

LOL!Luffy Anime Emoji (Big grin) [V3] 
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Greg Paul thinks it IS a basal oviraptor, but phylogenetic analysis doesn't seem to back that up.
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Asuma17 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love Greg Paul, I'd probably think so too since the head looks like an Oviraptor.
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Dinopithecus Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  New member
Wow, those are some long arms for its size (from they way I'm looking at).

And of course, merely speculative, but the large black outline around the talons of the hind feet remind me of birds of prey (they have a lot of keratin around the bone cores of their talons).
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Actually most birds have keratin sheaths that greatly enlarge the claw relative to the bony core - in fact one of the biggest problems with estimating the habitat from extinct birds and proto-birds from their claws is that they rarely have the sheath preserved, meaning we really don't know the final shape.

Perching birds also tend to have quite sharp claws (as opposed to ground-dwelling birds, which wear theirs' flat). Of course there also can be multiple uses to the same set of claws.
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