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This is my depiction of Carnotuaurus look if it had feathery integument.
Just a concept of possibility.
The smaller one, with the crest is a male, the bigger, dull Carno in the background is a female.
Male is trying to impress the female just like the modern birds are with all kinds of noises, dance moves and messed up hairstyles.
Until another male arrives and the two of them pluck eachothers brains out.

Now, I know all about what was discovered next to the 2/3 of a single Carnotaurus skeleton ever dug out:…

This feathery concept is me being inspired after reading great article I found online about feathers in dinosaurs, I recommend it, it's a good read:…
There are more and more articles and new research on the subject of feathers in dinosaurs. I begin to see now that the more we learn about dinosaurs, and the more new findings emerge, the more we realize how wrong we were about some of our previous understandings in terms of how they looked like among other things.
I'm not the one to say whether Carnotaurus had feathers or not, that's for sure. But I can think about it and try to imagine what would it be if it had fuzz/feather filament from the artistic perspective. Not trying to be sensationalist about it either, this is just a matter of exploring existing ideas and assumptions.
Take Elephant for example. It is more or less naked with some patches of fur and fuzz scattered trough its body. Now go just a little bit back in time and you have a close relative, Woolly Mammoth, with tons of fur.
Who is to say that dinosaurs were not the same? Maybe some of them developed fuzz and protofeather filament as they spread around the globe, as to adjust to the new climate and environments.
Maybe they shed fuzz seasonally.
There is a great write up on the fact that fuzz and scales can coexist by Mr. Tom Hopp:…
This is one nice example of the armadillo, quite scaly and armored animal, with fuzz/fur and scales at the same time:…

Now imagine if Carnotaurus did feature something like this armadillo, but if it was not fur, if it was feathery filament such as this:…

We would end up with a pretty fuzzy Carnotaurus in that case, just like the one I conceptualized above.

With regard to preserved patches of skin, they are in the end just that, patches. And there is the fact that feather is the hardest one to be preserved. With paleontologists discovering feathers preserved only in specific type of rock.
To quote that article: "outside of the Chinese and German beds, and rare amber inclusions, there are very few regions where feather are preserved in the fossil record."

In the end, I hope you'd like this visualization. Love Paleoart! Cheers.
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darklord86's avatar
Cool depiction.
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Rexrocket1950's avatar
After all, The dinosaurs were the fore runners of all modern birds, just larger and more ferocious. Feathers were probably more prevalent on the smaller raptor Theropods than the larger ones like T-Rex or Allosarus. Again excellent art.
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diebruder's avatar
me encantan, estan hermosos
NordicB3rry's avatar
Inthe Redwood forest. Real Prehistoric forest <3
Tarturus's avatar
Great pic. I quite like how the male is the more colourful and flamboyant looking one, as is the case with many present day animals as well.
FabrizioDeRossi's avatar
Very nice idea, mood and composition!
JaqErant92's avatar
Whoa! Uh, furry lizard alert. That is just not right. Laughing 
damir-g-martin's avatar
Technically, they were more related to birds :D
JaqErant92's avatar
I'm confused. How is it possible for reptiles to have any relation to birds?
animaltrain's avatar
It's generally believed that dinosaurs, namely small theropods, gave rise to modern birds. And now most people accept and relish the idea that many, many dinosaurs were in fact feathered. Evolution has an odd way of working, but reptiles gave rise to both birds and before that, mammals.
damir-g-martin's avatar
It's kind of complicated to explain in short.. You should look it up on wikipedia, but yeah, dinosaurs, especially theropods have more in common with birds than reptiles..
JaqErant92's avatar
No offense, but that looks more like a fairytale than scientific discovery. Maybe I'm stirring up a bee hive, but I just don't see how that is believable on any scientific level.

damir-g-martin's avatar
So you are one of those creationist guys eh? :D
JaqErant92's avatar
Depends on your meaning.
Pkmn2Legacy's avatar
The idea of Dinosaurs being the ancestors of birds has been around since the 1800s... and there is a lot of evidence of it being true (over 100 anatomical features in common between birds and theropod dinosaurs, for example).

This includes (but is not limited to) stuff like skeletal structure, air sacs (which are unique to birds and dinosaurs), signs of at least some dinosaur species having had feathers (which most, but not all, scientists agree on), signs of behaviour in common, etc.
JaqErant92's avatar
Uh huh...

Nope. Not working for me.
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also the discussion below this article:…   is really engaging/interesting.
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slickedbackArtisan's avatar
Mate, I know I can't change your view, but this is a pretty prevalent theory and am quite surprised you hadn't heard of it before this conversation. ^^;

There are a few books out that can explain it very thoroughly (like… ), but they're like balls to the walls expensive yo. Although, a book series called 'all yesterdays' has some very interesting insight on evolution for ~$30 if you're interested.
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great art! (in general, not only here)
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