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Breaking the Curse I

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No matter what dinosaur book you look at, any mention of Deinonychus antirrhopus immediately means you also get an illustration of a big flock of the dromaeosaurid taking down the herbivore Tenontosaurus tilletti. And, unfortunately for Tenontosaurus tilletti, it's main claim to fame is that it's the prey of Deinonychus antirrhopus. It seems that this is the only way Tenontosaurus tilletti can get its name into dinosaur franchise: being raptor food. Such is the curse of Tenontosaurus tilletti.

Tenontosaurus tilletti was a relative of Iguanodon bernissartensis. It was about seven meters long, and most of this was a really long tail. Several specimens of Tenontosaurus tilletti have been found fossilized alongside Deinonychus antirrhopus, evoking the curse. The conventional idea is that Deinonychus antirrhopus hunted in groups to take on big prey.

For a change, here we have a Tenontosaurus tilletti kicking the feathery bottoms of a pair of Deinonychus antirrhopus. Tenontosaurus tilletti lacked any defensive adaptations like horns, spikes, or a tail club. It didn't even have the conical thumb spike of many other iguanodontians, so it would have had to make do with its entire body: its long tail would have been an effective bludgeoning weapon, its powerful beak (a common feature to the ornithopod dinosaurs, which include the iguanodontians, as well as some small running forms) could probably damage the delicate body of a dromaeosaurid, and its nine-hundred-pound body may have well been able to crush any Deinonychus antirrhopus foolish enough to get too close.

This picture was partly inspired by a post on the delightful blog of Traumador the Tyrannosaur, The Tyrannosaur Chronicles: [link]
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acepredator's avatar
Well considering there is only one-third the number needed to kill this thing it is an unfair battle.

Bring in a six-strong pack and then the predators might have a chance.

This one is more of a slaughter favouring the herbivore if anything else.
frapt's avatar
Why must the ornithopods get all the abuse?
Albertonykus's avatar
Because if there are no obvious pointy parts that must mean they had no means of defense, duh. ;)
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MatthewOnArtHobbyist General Artist
always nice to see Herbivores winning for once
SpongeBobFossilPants's avatar
Hey, nice. How about a sequel to this one? After the rest of the pack brings down the tenontosaur, an acrocanthosaur comes out of the forest and scares off the pack, eating the dead ornithopod.
Albertonykus's avatar
Would be a good twist. I guess that's what those on TV Tropes would call a subverted trope!
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Crash-the-MegaraptorHobbyist Traditional Artist
I hate the portrayal of "defenseless" ornithopods, so I congratulate you. ^^
Albertonykus's avatar
I know. I'm thinking of drawing one with a "hypsilophodontid". I wonder how that will turn out.
RickRaptor105's avatar
You are SO true.
narmer95's avatar
narmer95 Digital Artist
Original
Albertonykus's avatar
Thanks. That was one thing I was going for when I drew this.
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