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Acheroraptor

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Here's my rendition of the new Hell Creek velociraptorine dromaeosaur. It's known only from the maxilla and dentary, so I decided to only draw the business end of the animal (that, and I didn't really have the time for a full reconstruction). It's depicted staring at a hispine beetle, of which there is abundance evidence (Johnson et al 2000) from Hell Creek ichnofossils.

The animal has been known from teeth for many years, and was only recently finally given a name, Acheroraptor temertyorum, after the underworld Acheron of Greek mythology (Hell Creek reference and so on). Phylogenetic analysis recovers it as a velociraptorine, the most basal member of the group containing Velociraptor, Adasaurus and Tsaagan.

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thatdrawinguy's avatar
You have successfully made my favourite raptor paleo art ever. This is amazingly well designed . Colouration is beautiful and accurate, the detail in the feathers are amazingly well done. I can almost count each feather. 100 out of 5
Kinkorhyncha's avatar
The non-lipped version looks ridiculous
Winter-Alpha-Wolf's avatar
Incredible do you take trades?
Frednuttin's avatar
how is it different from Dromaesaurus
FeatheredTrex's avatar
it is a dromeasaur i think
SansIsntReal's avatar
This is truly and amazing piece of art! 
TakingLiberty's avatar
So well done, I want to reach out and pet this fluffy cutie! 
Evodolka's avatar
i have seen this picture a LOT of times well done on the famous paleoart :D
AimForrest's avatar
Lovely picture, I've actually seen this before! It's actually a picture on Wikipedia.
Icthyodont25's avatar
Exactly, she's a pro at the arts.
Icthyodont25's avatar
Such arts...
Much Emily
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Icthyodont25's avatar
Doge must live on :D (Big Grin) 
AimForrest's avatar
IN OUR HEARTS HE WILL
Icthyodont25's avatar
Everywhere he will XD
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reptilian-bird's avatar
You wouldn't BELIEVE how famous this already is!!!
CreepyWarriorPony's avatar
Absolutely amazinngg! There's so much detail, it's incredible!
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alvaro84's avatar
Reconstructions of prehistoric creatures often look clumsy unrefined prototypes of their modern successors, but this one is a complete, beautiful animal in its own right. So real, so ready to run off the screen!
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