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Guess what... yes, Yutyrannus huali. by Durbed Guess what... yes, Yutyrannus huali. by Durbed
...and hereīs my take on what is probably destined to be the dinosaur of the year. I didnīt want to jump on the bandwagon so soon, but I finally couldnīt resist. :(

A giant Tyrannosauroid from the Early Cretaceous of Northern China and a very remarkable discovery for two reasons: the mix of carcharodontosaurid and tyrannosaurid features (that might imply something like a carnosaurian origin for tyrannosaurids, or just a random, convergent and isolated taxa) and, most importantly ...the feathers! yes, a 10 meters long tyrannosauroid with a ratite like extensive coat of feathers. Deal with it. Iīll let you guess the implications of all this...

On a side note, I added some speculative though plausible features like completely feathered forelimbs and an inflatable sac below the orbital horn. The pneumatic nature of the nasal rugosity suggests that it could have supported such an estructure, apparently.
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Animalme Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful depiction!
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grisador Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
'Cause Yutyrannus is AWESOME ! :D
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PineRain Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! I love the colors you chose.
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Rodolph777 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Wasnīt it a carcharodontosaurid instead?
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Durbed Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They thought it could be one because of the shape of the head (very similar to Concavenator), but further studies prove that its a basal tyrannosauroid and the ressemblances are superficial, or due to convergent evolution.
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Rodolph777 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
What about the teeth and hands? I ask because there is much anxiety here about tyrannosaurids and iīm afraid that something like tyrannotitan will happen... Neovenatoridae maybe...?
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Rodolph777 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Sorry,i was thinking about Bicentenaria too...
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TheOmnivore Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
Yutyrannus huali was, compared to the stubble-armed tyrannosaurs of the late cretaceous, a very basal form. About 57 million years passed between Yutyrannus and T. rex, which is one of the reasons why I find the "mammoth-rex" trend of the last year quite hilarious. Indeed Yutyrannus is chronologically closer to the cute, little first tyrannosaurids than to T. rex.
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Oaglor Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I for one welcome our new giant feathered overlords!
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Durbed Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You better! bow before the fuzzy Tyrants. :D
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RomanYevseyev Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Very good!
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Durbed Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks , sir! :)
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pilsator Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome, Durbed!
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Durbed Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers dude :)
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very lovely feather texture as usual. Has a kind of yeti feel to it. ;)
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Durbed Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, and thanks for your tips too, I think I managed to fix most of the shading and lightning problems.;)
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bubblekirby Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
I doubt a Carnosaur origin for tyranosaurs. Its probably convergent evolution
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Durbed Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree, though is hard to determine without more evidence. Its a rather complex thing, and if we take in account the dubious nature of compsognathids the plot thickens even more.
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
!!!:iconburdplz:!!!
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