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My Little Maniraptor by Albertonykus My Little Maniraptor by Albertonykus
I'll deny everything.

First though, some assorted observations I noted while doing this:
-Plausible explanation for eyelashes: ground hornbills have them.

-Isn't it ironic for a small ceratopsian to have a crush on an oviraptorosaur?

-Applejack is farming a close Mesozoic relative of modern custard apples.

-I figured that dresses would be pretty superfluous for sapient maniraptors when you already have candy-colored feathers growing out of your hands and tail. Here Rarity is instead an expert on feather maintenance. Her mannequins have detachable feathers that can be replaced, so she can do designs based on the many different color schemes of her customers. She probably does design some clothing as well, but I suspect sapient maniraptors wouldn't wear anything much more extravagant than a cloak, like Trixie does.

-How do you show a female maniraptor is a tomboy? She's (the most) colorful. Incidentally, her color scheme appears to suggest that she leaves a triple quadruple(!) rainbow in her wake at top speed.

-I couldn't find a way to fit a crown on Celestia's head. I suppose if you have a huge crest on your head a crown becomes superfluous.

If you want someone to credit/blame for putting this idea in my head, :icondawnemperor: is the one you want.

Post-update notice: I'm aware that Twilight is an alicorn now. As this image was meant to vaguely reflect the beginning of the series, I have chosen to keep her in her original form here.
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Weirda-s-M-art Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
rainbowdash as Microraptor Gui.....my life is complete.

RAINBOW FOUR WINGS WOOOOO~! :iconyayzplz:
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ulterno617 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
at last some good MLP dinosaurs.
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
I'm glad you like them! I am also often frustrated by the lack of properly feathered MLP-maniraptors out there.
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ulterno617 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
same.
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AleksaBG Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
A combo of my too favorite things (mlp and prehistoric animals (boy m' I a geek :D:D:D  ))
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Glad you like it!
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Blairaptor Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ah, so great to see this done digitally! Even with the discrepancies, I love how thoroughly you've executed this idea. :D
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student Artist
Oh great!

I'm getting love that fandom style as Maniraptors and awesome work!:)
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Cammaster1 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Love it, I used to be a huge paleontology geek a while back and now I'm also a brony. This just reminds me of the sheer creativity the mlp fandom has. Very nice work!
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Thanks!
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DarthGojira Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
This might possibly be the most awesome thing I've seen on DA
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:iconalbertonykus:
Albertonykus Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Thanks a lot!
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Wesdaaman Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student General Artist
YOWZA!!!
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Merchasaurus Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOkay..... 0.0
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DOTB18 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Just why is My Little Pony so damn popular?
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
While I find it enjoyable, the immense following is indeed perplexing (though not necessarily a bad thing). There are other cartoons out there that appeal more to older audiences and have their share of fans, but, strangely, still don't have the memetic status of this show.

That said, here are some reasons for its popularity that I've read/can come up with.
-Multiple three-dimensional female characters.
-Has its saccharine moments, but for most part not too childish for older audiences to enjoy.
-Good writing; the endings may often be predictable, but plot devices and other cliches often subverted, averted, sometimes lampshaded, etc.
-Use of traditional cartoon gags.
-Characters not overly anthropomorphic. Yes, they use human-like tools and have a human-like society, some ponies can fly and some can use magic, but a lot of their movements, body language, and behavior are similar to that of real horses.
-Genius bonuses when it comes to mythology, zoology, and astronomy.
-Interesting worldbuilding.
-Not all that cynical; just fun.
-Uh, people jumping the bandwagon, I guess.
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rosutu Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
This. A million times this. A billion times this.
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
:D
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ChocolateStarfire Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dear Princess Citipati,

Sometimes, when you find that dinosaurs and ponies join together, anything is possible.

Your faithful student,

Twilight Sparkle

Loved this concept, despite being a little scribbly! :D I can give it a makeover, if you'd like! :D *bounces plumes like Rarity's curls*
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
That made my day. XD

And a makeover would be much appreciated, thanks for the offer! :D
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ChocolateStarfire Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*squees* Yay! Just tell me each species and we have a plan! :D
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
Okie dokie lokie.

These aren't really intended to be specific species, but I based their basic body plans off particular maniraptor groups.

Twilight is a tall-crested oviraptorid, like Rinchenia.

Spike is a very small, basal ceratopsian, like Graciliceratops.

Pinkie Pie is a derived troodont, like Troodon.

Applejack is a derived dromaeosaurid, like Deinonychus.

Fluttershy is a small, basal troodont, like Anchiornis or Mei.

Rarity is an elmisaurid/caenagnathid, like the Triebold oviraptorosaur.

Rainbow Dash is a (very large) microraptorine, like Microraptor.

Princess Celestia is not based on one group of maniraptors but has features of oviraptorosaurs, flying deinonychosaurs, and flightless deinonychosaurs. She has a crest like an oviraptorid, large wings like a dromaeosaurid, and (though I haven't drawn them here) long, slender legs like a troodont.

Princess Luna/Nightmare Moon is similar, though she also has a beak on the tip of her snout with teeth behind, like a hesperornithine, which kind of makes her look more sinister. (Celestia on the other hand has an entirely toothy snout.) Her beak forms a keratin ridge on her snout connected to her crest, like an oviraptorid (and as I've drawn here).

The mane six I imagine being all being between 1-2m (3-6ft) long, regardless of their real life counterparts.
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ChocolateStarfire Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, quite the list and thank you for the image links! Are you a paleornithologist, by chance? I won't tell if you are ;)

I love the show MLP: FiM, it's so fun to watch the characters interact and develop. :) Who is best pony, in your opinion? I am incredibly curious, I have never met another dino nut who captured the ponies' personalities so well in terms of individual species. *blushes*

Anyway I will get to doodling the Mane 6 and the Princesses soon. Thanks so much for letting me do this!
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
No, I'm not a professional scientist of any sort. I'm just someone who likes dinosaurs.

Cheers! XD My favorite pony is Twilight, then Pinkie.

Thank you for offering to visualize my clumsily-done concept. :D Always a joy to have been an inspiration!
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ChocolateStarfire Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! :D And yay!
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SpongeBobFossilPants Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Nice title swap!
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Thanks. Figured that this one would be more informative now that this has been up here for a while.
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DawnEmperor Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Interesting idea concept, now help me with the gargoyles
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Awesomely cute idea, wonderful critters, spike would be pleased :)
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Haha, thanks!
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SpongeBobFossilPants Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Do these represent specific genera?
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
No, they don't, though most of their features are inspired by real genera.
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yoult Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Is this fantastic awful or awfully fantastic?! :D
I have no clue, but I kinda like it.
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Haha! XD
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SpongeBobFossilPants Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
OOH OOH OOH! DO SPONGEBOB WITH DINOSAURS!!!
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Andorou-Khan Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
I am wondering if iridescent Microraptor had anything to do with this...? o.o
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:iconalbertonykus:
Albertonykus Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Entirely coincidental! Was a lovely surprise though.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh dear lord.

I feel kind of weird for liking this, but at the same time, fuck the haters.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Augh, Fluttership Mei with her head, shyly, behind her wing. With Mesozoic animals. Too cute, damnit.
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
I was so worried I'd screw that up. :)
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's a great concept. xD

I'm basically in the same boat as you with this show - I watched the first ep a while ago, was totally uninterested and unimpressed, then for some reason watched a little more at a later point and found it surprisingly clever and enjoyable. I too don't get the massive internet obsession with it, though.
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Cheers. XD
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
*shy lol
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:iconalbertonykus:
Albertonykus Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
My thoughts essentially.
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gorgoraptor Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Oh man, not you too!
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:iconalbertonykus:
Albertonykus Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
I saw that comment coming (though not necessarily from you). XD
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SpongeBobFossilPants Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Yay! I'm still sane! XD
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student General Artist
What in the name of...
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Exactly.
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abekowalski Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll tell you what this is: FiM+dinosaurs=awesome epicness incarnate!
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