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Dakotaraptor steini
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Published: October 31, 2015
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After months of eager waiting I can finally share this... meet Dakotaraptor, the giant dromaeosaur from Hell Creek! This is the first giant raptor known from this formation, andmore significantly, in my viewthe first giant raptor with robust, obvious, unmistakable quill knobs. At over 16 feet in length, this magnificent fellow was in the upper size range for Utahraptor, though very differently proportioned: where Utahraptor is stout and muscular, Dakota was lanky and lithe, like a scaled-up Deinonychus. Here I've shown it alongside the early shorebird Cimolopteryx for scale.

This is the first of two major illustrations I've done for the study. Don't want to overwhelm everyone at once, so I'll hold off on the other for a day or so. ;)

Read the paper here!

Now excuse me while I climb to the top of a mountain and shout to the heavens... yes, we now have proof that large dromaeosaurs were feathered. Deal with it.

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Armadillosuchus's avatar
Nice
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RensKnight|Hobbyist Writer
Good murderbird! ;)
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LittleFoxStudio|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Phenomenal work. Honestly just a scary as the old fashioned scaley raptors. Brilliant colours.
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Wasichuwitko's avatar
I can SEE the 'Hey, wait up!' word balloon for the little bird following Dakotaraptor.
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FeatheredTrex|Hobbyist General Artist
Emily Wiloughby favorite artist ;)!!!!
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Volgadraco|Hobbyist General Artist
Why does it have so strange cheek covering?
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716592's avatar
Beautiful creatures. 
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Evodolka|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love the sense of speed shown in this :D
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CarlosVenator|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi, I've seen you drew the coverts and body feathers with rachis and barbs, but I've read that these should be monofilamentous feathers. Can I ask why you decided to draw developed feathers on its body? 
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CarlosVenator|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dromaeosauridae, according to what I've read in a book from 2016, have monofilamentous feathers on its body and only the primaries and secondaries are feathers with rachis and barbs. Only members of Avialae and Archaeopteryx have covert feathers with rachis and barbs. 
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william023's avatar
They look better when the wings are folded back when they run than with their arms forwards because they appear more streamlined.
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Keehsay's avatar
As large as Utharaptur? COOL!!1!!!
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TheLonelyOviraptor's avatar
A bit smaller, but still very large! Also it's Utahraptor not Utahraptur 😄
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Spinosaurus14's avatar
NOO Utharapetur!
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Camacaw's avatar
I would go on and on by how amazing this is, but I'm pretty sure you've heard it many times before, so in short response.....*round of applause* 
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JD-man's avatar
At 1st I had trouble deciding which Dakotaraptor deviation to favorite, but then I decided on this 1 b/c it's not sad (in reference to the Ornithomimus chick). In any case, they're both great & you're great making them. Also, this 1 reminds me of Road Runner ( www.cartoonspot.net/looney-tun… ).
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KingOvRats| Traditional Artist
Amazing illustration for that great discovery.:)
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MigaraTaurus|Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely art. In fact, you should write a book about feathered dinosaurs and have your art in it.
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JemDarpole|Hobbyist General Artist
certainly I agree
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MigaraTaurusEdited |Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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AchillobatorPrince|Hobbyist General Artist
Emily, I think for a ground-dwelling dromeosaur the tail fan would be like the one seen on Zhenyuanlong or Archeopteryx, the pennaceous feathers starting at the base of the tail and going all the way to the end (best illustrated here:ewilloughby.deviantart.com/art…), making the animal more streamline and designed for running. Nonetheless it's an incredible painting and the colors are so realistic.
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CarlosVenator|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually, I don't see a single feather on this reconstruction that isn't pennaceous.
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