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Dawn at Las Hoyas by HSilustration Dawn at Las Hoyas by HSilustration

This scene takes place at Las Hoyas Wetland (Cuenca, Spain, Lower Cretaceous, Barremian stage, 129-125 m.y.) and depicts two specimens of the basal ornithomimosaur Pelecanimimus polyodon, focusing on a putative sexual dimorphism of this species. Sexually dimorphic features include not only the color and morphology of the cover of protofeathers, but mainly on the size and color of the gular pouch. This structure has been proposed for this species, based on the integumentary impressions found on the holotype fossil. In addition to Pelecanimimus, the scene shows some more plant and animal species: the tree fern Weichselia reticulata (background), the conifer Frenelopsis ugnaensis, the albanerpetontid amphibian Celtedens ibericus (captured by the female Pelecanimimus) and several enanthiornitid birds (Eoalulavis hoyasi and Concornis lacustris) The latter are taking flight apparently for the same reason that has startled the male Pelecanimimus in the foreground, perhaps a disturbing sound, or an approaching predator?

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Philoceratops Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good, how have I not seen this before?!
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HSilustration Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2019  Professional General Artist
Haha no idea ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Anyways, thx for liking
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Philoceratops Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem!
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JoakinMar Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2018
A fantastic representation of this ecosystem. The two Pelecanimimus look convincing, although I don't see feathers in their arms. By the way, an excellent work friend.
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HSilustration Featured By Owner Edited Dec 7, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thank you (Gracias!)
But they do have (proto)feathers in their forelimbs. Do you mean by any chance pennaceous feathers, as in dromaeosaurs or in derived ornithomimosaurs? If so, I decided not to represent those, as Pelecanimimus was a basal Ornithomimosaur and evidence suggests that, if it had feathers, those would be protofeathers.
Anyways, thanks for liking, much appreciated :)
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JoakinMar Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2018
No, I'm refering pennaceous feathers. There isn't directly discovered on Pelecanimimus, but there is evidence on a relative, Ornithomimus. Check this link more info: phys.org/news/2015-10-ornithom…
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HSilustration Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2019  Professional General Artist
Yeah, but Pelecanimimus was basal to ORnithomimus, so I kinda made the conservative call there and just depicted protofeathers.
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JoakinMar Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2019
hmm, I see your point. Of course you can depict them as you mostly prefer. There is no direct evidence of integumentation on Pelecanimimus, so any reconstruction is primarily speculative.
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HSilustration Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2019  Professional General Artist
Yep, paleoartistical reconstructions are just hypotheses.
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VenturaSalas Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Felicitaciones por ganar el primer premio en el X Concurso Internacional de Ilustraciones Científicas de Dinosaurios 2018. Saludos!
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HSilustration Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2018  Professional General Artist
Muchas gracias!
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Strick67 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2018
Superb!
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HSilustration Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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9Weegee Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think the trees in the background existed in Las Hoyas
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HSilustration Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2018  Professional General Artist
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9Weegee Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooh I see.
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9Weegee Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Anyways, you did an amazing job on this piece, especially with the feather texture.
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HSilustration Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2018  Professional General Artist
Gracias :)
Llevó sus quebraderos de cabeza...
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NotWithoutHonor Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome
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HSilustration Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2018  Professional General Artist
thx :)
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
This blew me away when I saw it on TheSummonENGH fb page. Do you have any advice for someone who is terrible at scenes/landscapes? 
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HSilustration Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
Actually, I don't consider scenery and landscapes to be one of my strong points, what I'm doing myself to improve at it is to study, paint studies from real-life landscapes, so I guess I would encourage you to do the same. 
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PrehistoryByLiam Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Okay great advice, thank you!
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