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Balaur, double-blade raptor
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Les presento a Balaur ("dragón", un dromeosaurio descubierto en Transilvania, que tenia no una, sino DOS garras asesinas retráctiles en cada pie. Es decir, es un raptor con CUATRO garras asesinas!
Por si eso no fuera suficientemente extraño, Balaur tenia solo dos dedos funcionales y visibles en cada mano, en vez de tres como es lo usual entre los raptores. Los huesos encontrados indican que era mas robusto y fuerte que otros raptores de su tamaño, y que habria sido capaz de patear con mucha fuerza para clavar sus dobles garras, pero era menos rapido que sus parientes "normales".

And now I present... Balaur ("dragon"), a Transilvanian dromaeosaur that had not one, but TWO retractable killer claws in each foot! That's right; its a raptor with FOUR retractable killing claws!
And just in case that's not weird enough, it had only two functional, visible fingers in each hand, instead of three as usual among raptors.
The bones found also indicate that Balaur was stronger and stockier than other similarly-sized raptors, and could kick with extreme force, using its "double blades" to cause deadly injury; it was, however, probably not as fast as its "normal" relatives.
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strong-1's avatar
Did you hear how Balaur apparently wasn't even a raptor at all?
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grisador's avatar
Your anatomy artworks're simply Too Awesome ! :D


I especially like how you depicted it with the Feathers  Nod 
Most Artist put feathers on Dinosaurs very... ''' Odd ''' .  They make the Dinosaurs look ''Cute, Furry & Walking Girl Plushy Toys''  Yao Ming Meme plz 


I mean Just look how Balaur Depicted
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Wyatt-Andrews-Art|Hobbyist General Artist
UMM WAT Grisador I thought we were cool..
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grisador's avatar
What ? I just said some pictures I've seen on Google İmages that make dinosaurs look like toys & maybe some dinosaurs feathered like Ostrich'es; I'm sorry ıf I said anything offensive ^^;
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Wyatt-Andrews-Art|Hobbyist General Artist
Oh ok I thought you were saying accurate dinosaurs in general looked like stupid toys.
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HodariNundu| General Artist
Heh :B I got a lot of criticism for this one. It's just a quick doodle really- and probably looks nothing like the real thing, but yes, I am not a fan of making all dinosaurs fluffy, particularly the ones for which there's no evidence of feathers. Dinos seem to have been really diverse, almost like mammals, so I'm sure there were degrees when it came to their fluffiness. 
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grisador's avatar
I kinda assume they say : ''' Add more Fur, make it look like a Real life Living Toy '''   Rage 


İndeed, I agree that Dinosaurs (Still) have and/Or had extreme diversity that Supress'es the Mammalians; I am sure dinosaurs have very diverse Fur/Feather variethy - Less feathers included ! Nod 

I mean they're LOADS of Unfeathered or Lessfeathered Birds (Like Ostrich - The Biggest bird, probably the closest to Dinosaurs)
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PerfectChaos22's avatar
these guys need to be in Jurassic Park 4
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Raptocheirus|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My hypothesis is just that the fossils may have been mixed, and the fingers wound up near the toes, considering there's an extra toe and a missing finger.
Of course, this idea might be completely off; I don't know what the fossil looked like, or how plausible the other solution is, but this is just the first thing that came to mind.
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FeralStormRaptor|Student Digital Artist
My 2 cents on this little "argument" is, Balaur is a Dromaeosaur, we know that for sure. All Dromaeosaurids That I've seen so far have been all carnivorous (insectivorous being a sort of variation).
small Skeletal differences or not, this dinosaur is Not a herbivore. Never has been, And Never will be.

But seriously, this is a great depiction! :D
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paleosir|Hobbyist General Artist
It was a herbivorous or omnivorous bird.
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Balaur99Dennonychus's avatar
This is absolutely my fav dino (and also my fav picture from you)
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Caprisaurus's avatar
Should be classified i the group Deinonychosauria.
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tobi1480|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's terrifying.
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Eliphaleth's avatar
Un dromeosaurido digno de Transilvania, jaja antes solo lo podia ver en mis sueños! Era casi tan improbable como encontrar fosiles de dinosario con colores! Te quedo fabuloso, de las pocas representaciones artisiticas que hay y que me gusten de esta criatura.
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jennovazombie|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awww! It can kill things twice as fast! And with extra cuteness because it only has two fingers!
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JohnFaa|Student Writer
Too bad it turned out to be a "dodo raptor" instead"
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avpvjp's avatar
There's nothing conclusive either way yet, the skull material is still unknown. (As far as I'm aware, anyway)
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JohnFaa|Student Writer
But otherwise evidence seems to be amounting to herbivory. The hallux was barely hyperextensible at all, and it seems that it was used to support the body weight, not as a killing weapon.

Coupled with the generally robust body, it seems more like a therizinosaur like dromeosaur than a regular raptor.
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avpvjp's avatar
I would still say that the case could, currently, go either way. There's insufficient evidence towards one or the other. What REALLY needs to be found is some cranial material, other wise it either could be an herbivorous raptor, or an oddly robust hunter (which, given the local prey being fairly large, though feasibly manageable, is still fairly likely.)
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Evenape|Student Traditional Artist
Another weird critter of prehistory
nice job Hodari!
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OTKMan1995|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the things just a mutant
A geneticly mutated raptor
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ZombieSaurian|Student Digital Artist
No it isn't, why would the finger be vistigial, and then give it the declaw mobility, mutations don't work that way.
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PonchoFirewalker01's avatar
But what about the cases of the six-fingered men and whatnot? Maybe the Balaur's case is like that.
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