And here is my second illustration for DePalma et al's new giant Hell Creek dromaeosaur, Dakotaraptor, and the one I personally prefer.
Early on in the process I suggested the team include a bit in the manuscript about the possible use of Fowler's "raptor prey restraint" hunting strategy in this taxon, as this would be the first giant raptor discovered since that study. And isn't it fun to imagine what kind of prey a dromaeosaur this large could RPR? Additionally, I'd always wanted to draw a dromaeosaur ripping the feathers out of its prey before digging in, as a falcon would do to a pigeon. How fortuitous that the new Ornithomimus paper came out so recently—so rather than the Dakotaraptor vs. T. rex meme that's started up since yesterday, have a bit of Halloween-appropriate nightmare fuel as Dakotaraptor enjoys his dinner. (Can you find the Ornithomimus's baby?)
Thanks to Agahnim and others for critiques/suggestions on this. Anyone who wants to is welcomed to repost this in blogs or articles on the new genus, but please credit me. A signature on the image itself is not enough. I shouldn't have to restate this, but apparently I do—respect artists.
Large birds of prey can be, but birds are usually not very scary in general.
I think the reason alot of people prefer scaly dinosaurs is because reptiles are very different when comparing them to mammals and birds. It's very alien like. Fur and feathers are very soft and welcoming, scales are not. Ever looked at an alligator and thought "it's so cuddly, i just wanna hug it"? That's what someone would maybe think when seeing a kitten or duckling.
It's not like people go watch movies like jurassicworld, expecting it to be a documentary.
If people aren't a fan of feathered dinosaurs then let them feel that way. The same goes for someone that doesn't like scaly dinosaurs. I personally don't have a problem with either scales or feathers. Of course in science it doesn't matter what someone's opinion is, but everything isn't about science.
Tigers have the same skin covering as cute rabbits, yet tigers are one of the most feared animals on the planet.
but I think the best place to show accurate dinosaurs is a Remade walking with dinosaurs style documentary, because what
WWD did was they showed these creatures as actuall animals and not unstoppable relentless killing monsters.