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Speedy Plunderer by ScottHartman Speedy Plunderer by ScottHartman
Velociraptor, the eponymous "raptor" of the Jurassic Park franchise. This is based on a virtually complete specimen held at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center. The suffix "raptor" is often translated as thief or robber, but "plunderer" strikes me as more accurate, since the term seems to have originally applied to outside invaders (think barbarians) and their activities when sacking a village (both to village, and to the villagers). As such the name probably should carry somewhat more sinister connotations than a small feathered theropod that wants to make off with your stereo.
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PedroSalas Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
PedroSalas Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your skeletal reconstructions are essential sources of information for the work of the paleoartist. Besides that I like your titles:D (Big Grin) 
Blade-of-the-Moon Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey Scott, do you have a quick list of the differences between this one and the 2006 version ?

Another note, I heard recently that the boney ring around the eye isn't really around it but it is part of the eyeball itself giving animals with them larger overall eyes..any truth to that ? We were discussing plesiosaurs though so it may have no bearing here.
Jeda45 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
It is part of the eyeball, specifically part of the sclera or "white" of the eye. Humans are one of the few animals with significant portions of the sclera visible; as such, the actually visible portion of the eye would be contained within the hole in the middle of the ring (technically a scleral or sclerotic ring). In fact, the size of the scleral ring is actually a fairly good osteological correlate for the size of the eye.
Also: I dare you to type the word "sclera" several times in the space of a few sentences and have it not lose all meaning.

Scott: There's a picture of an "undescribed velociraptor skull" on Wikipedia (…. I did some digging in the literature (Hone et al. 2012 and the Hayashibara Museum of Natural Sciences Research Bulletin) and it seems to be the skull of MPC-D100/54. Am I right (or can you not say?)? So is that one of the specimens that filled in for missing bits from the WDC specimen?
Blade-of-the-Moon Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Type it ? I say it twice and forget what I'm talking about.  lol

Thanks for the info ! Working on a 1:1 Triceratops now so it helps there !
ScottHartman Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This one is more accurate? Ok...aside from the repose, I've generally added a bit more soft-tissue along the tail and dorsal neural spines. I've somewhat altered the neck musculature in all my theropods (now they better match living ones in that the base of the neck has a bit more depth to it on the top). I've made limb tendons a bit thicker, and I'm also deepening the ventral side of the neck to match osteological correlates seen in extant birdsn (and posteriorly to better line up with the sternocleidomastoideus origination).
Blade-of-the-Moon Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Okay thank you. It helps having the artist who did the changes point it out for me..let's me know what changes I need to make to my own sculpture here, I'm just starting to frame it up so it was great to find you did an updated version. Thanks again !
TrixieRyuu Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Hell I remember my face when I realized that JP raptors refer to this little critter. (Not that I don't like the real one)
Wynterhawke07 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The raptors were supposed to be Deinonychus, which the palaeontologists Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg consulted considered to be a species of Velociraptor.
TKWTH Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To be fair, they didn't turn out that much like Deinonychus either. Utahraptor was closer in size, but I don't recall there being any Dromaeosaurids with such an Allosaurine head...
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