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Dakotaraptor steini


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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RensKnight's avatar
Good murderbird! ;)
LittleFoxStudio's avatar
Phenomenal work. Honestly just a scary as the old fashioned scaley raptors. Brilliant colours.
Wasichuwitko's avatar
I can SEE the 'Hey, wait up!' word balloon for the little bird following Dakotaraptor.
FeatheredTrex's avatar
Emily Wiloughby favorite artist ;)!!!!
Volgadraco's avatar
Why does it have so strange cheek covering?
Beautiful creatures. 
Evodolka's avatar
love the sense of speed shown in this :D
CarlosVenator's avatar
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? 
CarlosVenator's avatar
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. 
CarlosVenator's avatar
The palaeontologists that wrote the book might. 
CarlosVenator's avatar
Actually the book is from late 2016. But actually we do have evidence of monofilamentous (stage 1) body feathers, look at the coelurosaur Yutyrannus for example. In any case, I'm not completely rejecting it, I'm just questioning it. :)
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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.
Keehsay's avatar
As large as Utharaptur? COOL!!1!!!
TheLonelyOviraptor's avatar
A bit smaller, but still very large! Also it's Utahraptor not Utahraptur 😄
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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* 
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 (… ).
KingOvRats's avatar
Amazing illustration for that great discovery.:)
MigaraTaurus's avatar
Lovely art. In fact, you should write a book about feathered dinosaurs and have your art in it.
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