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Velociraptor Chasing Small Mammal

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In 1971, fossils of a velociraptor and a protoceratops were found locked in combat. Aside from that though there is no direct evidence as to what velociraptors ate. Jurassic Park gets it wrong and depicts them way too big. It is not unreasonable to assume, though, that this turkey-sized dinosaur snacked on rat sized mammals of the day. Whether they did or not, it makes for a fun bit of paleoart.

The usual disclaimer about my paleoart: When it comes to paleoart, the images I create favor 'art' more than 'paleo'. While I try my best to depict animals as accurately as possible, I'm make no claim that they 100% scientifically accurate. The same goes for the environment I depict them in. I am primarily interested in creating aesthetically pleasing images. Scientific accuracy comes second.

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Daniel

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Sharkwoman87's avatar
It's time for meal~ :D
PeteriDish's avatar
oh no! little scrat is not gonna make it! :D
PeteriDish's avatar
he lost his acorn too!!! what is this? this is madness! :D
NachoMon's avatar
Excellent recreation!
Heytomemeimhome's avatar
Smart money's on the raptor....
trollcat's avatar
Love how you have caught so many forces converging at once. The pivoting of the raptor's body counterbalanced by its tail, you can almost feel the torque where its foot meets the sand. 
joeabuy1000's avatar
"And the little mammal swore revenge against the raptor and its feathered kin, one that will be harbored by its descendants for eons to come. And this, my friends, is why we have fried chicken."
NKourk's avatar
That would be my favourite of all the favourites I saw until now!
I love the dynamic movement of the raptor and the texture of the feathers!!
BronzeSultan's avatar
Run Ancestor RUN :)
EpicMusicSoul's avatar
Awesome! Why does it have feathers, though?
deskridge's avatar
Thanks, Velociraptors did indeed have feathers, apparently a great deal more than even I have depicted.
EpicMusicSoul's avatar
I didn't know that! It's good to know! I hope you keep up the good work because it's impressive :)
ZeWqt's avatar
Yeah, Velociraptors, and every other Dromaeosaurids (the real name of the "raptors" family) had an extensive coverage of feathers, only leaving the tip of the snout and the feet (it depends on which genus though), they also had wings, with primary feathers growing on their second finger, just like in modern birds. It's fascinating to see how raptors were actually sort of land eagles with teeth, rather than these bipedal lizards from Jurassic Park.
EpicMusicSoul's avatar
Yeah! I actually did some research on that when I saw this picture and I understood the origins of birds :D 

Also, they created the velociraptors in Jurassic Park as bipedal lizards to seem more threatening. They were original dinosaurs from the creators! Looked fun, though. But knowing their true shape is even more interesting.
ZeWqt's avatar
A funny thing is that birds (in the Avialae sense) appeared before Dromaeosaurids, raptors are not the ancestors of birds, but they are really close cousins, both belonging to the Paravians, and the early birds were really similar to early Deinonychosaurs.

About the Raptors from JP, during the 80/90, this is what Dromaeosaurids looked like for the scientific community, so, they are just outdated. :)
EpicMusicSoul's avatar
Nice, I didn't know that. There's a beauty in early evolution of the species of the planet. Dinosaurs are surely pretty damn awesome to learn about :D 
DinoBirdMan's avatar
Man I like raptors, including this one!:)
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