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Zephyrosaurus schaffi by IllustratedMenagerie Zephyrosaurus schaffi by IllustratedMenagerie
Zephyrosaurus schaffi was a small herbivorous dinosaur about the size of a coyote or boarder collie that lived in early Cretaceous North America, alongside such dinosaurs as the ferocious predator Deinonychus and the tallest dinosaur yet discovered, Sauroposeidon. Although few fossils of Zephyrosaurus have been discovered, many related species have shown interesting features that can also be reasonably attributed to this little animal. Oryctodromeus, one of its closest relatives, has been found in a burrow with two juveniles, suggesting both a tendency to burrow and long-term parental care. Kulindadromeus, another related genus, is famous in the paleontological community because it was covered in hair-like filaments, yet retained scales on its tail and lower legs. Using related animals to determine the appearance and behavior of Zephyrosaurus isn't perfect (lions and tigers are both Panthera, yet have notably different behaviors and can be easily told apart by viewers), yet it helps paleontologists reasonably hypothesize behavior and gives artists a good foundation to build their reconstructions to be as accurate as possible.

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conurewing Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
AAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWW LOOK AT THE LITTLE BEEPERS!

That is all I have to say.
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Xiphactinus Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very good job. However, I don't understand why you made four support toes. At least it looks like a tetradactyl foot.
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IllustratedMenagerie Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yeah the first toe on the adult's right foot looks too long. Their toes were long and strong for digging but the first toe should definitely be a bit shorter.
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Stephenyc Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2018
Hmm is the DA Deinonychus still alive?
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Batterymaster Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2017  Student General Artist
"Who are those people, papa?"
"Ignore them, son. They are Universal Studios executives."
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N1C0L4I Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2017   General Artist
Great illustration! What a cute little fellow :D
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IllustratedMenagerie Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! With always being drawn as Deinonychus chow (I'm guilty of it too), I figured they deserved a peaceful illustration
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