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Caudipteridae
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Published: August 14, 2010
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Whew... the caudipterids are done! Here's a final look at all of the major morphotypes currently known. Drawn to scale.

Note that in the Theropod Database phylogeny, Mickey Mortimer recovered Similicaudipteryx as a basal caenagnathid rather than a caudipterid. But that analysis doesn't yet include the more complete juvenile specimens, so it remains to be seen where this species will fall out (if the largest Jiufotang specimen is indeed the same species as the juveniles, which are around 5 million years older!).
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Evodolka's avatar
Evodolka|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
they all look awesome :aww:
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Megalotitan|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did caenagnathiods likely have large primaries and small secondaries?
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MattMart|Hobbyist Digital Artist
So far, the reduced secondaries seem to be unique to Caudipteryx. Similicaudipteryx has primaries and secondaries of about equal length. The lengths are unknown in other caenagnathoids, but the short, broad phalanges of ingeniines has been suggested as support for larger/longer primaries. Whether their secondaries were also larger is unknown.
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Megalotitan|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, okay. Thanks!
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It is GREAT!!!
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novablue|Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this drawing and has since I first saw it. For me, it has been a lot of inspiration in learning to draw theropods as looking more... realistic, so to speak
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babbletrish|Professional Traditional Artist
Hooray for Caudipterids! Great restorations!
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pilsator|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful. If just someone describes those Similicaudipteryx specimens in detail...

Instant +fav for a fieldguide-style depiction of those Jehol oviraptorosaurs. We need more of that!
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MattMart|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Definitely looking forward to a good description, though it will probably render my drawings obsolete. Hard to judge degree of crushing in a skull, etc. just from low-res photos :P
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Absolutely lovely. I love the field guide feeling of these paintings.
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Cretaceous turkeys!
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saintabyssal|Hobbyist General Artist
Cool work.
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Deinowilly|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That looks really good!! Directly to my favourites!
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Albertonykus's avatar
Never realized it, but Similicaudipteryx is BIG!
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MattMart|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup, here's a page with my scale chart for it to compare with a human: [link]

Skeletal details aside, just the sheer size and (apparently) high, rounded skull (unless that's due to crushing) so seem like they belong to a more derived caenagnathoid than to a basal oviraptorosaur.
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