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Falcarius Rearing

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The wonderful basal therizinosaur Falcarius utahensis, known from a bonebed including the remains of at least 300 individuals. This one is rearing up - and despite its archaic design, Falcarius's vertebral column was already angled up in neutral position compared to non-therizinosaur theropods - to watch out for predators, or to browse for some foliage.

The plumage is a bit of a mashup, influenced by its more derived relative Beipiaosaurus, and with fairly rudimentary wing vestiges on its forearm and hand. Lots of quills interspersed within the coat of proto-ish feathers. Compared to its later relatives, Falcarius looks very long and gracile, despite its suspiciously "small" hindlimbs.

References: Skeletal reconstruction by Scott Hartman.
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vasix's avatar
It's like...a legged...serpent almost...
TheDubstepAddict's avatar
TAH BURBSNEK INDEED
pilsator's avatar
Yeah, that's what long feathers seem to do. I found the finished drawing pretty extreme-looking, but in a good way.
DrScottHartman's avatar
I think this is the best Falcarius illustration in existence at this moment.
yoult's avatar
That pretty much sums it up.
pilsator's avatar
Thanks a ton, Scott - coming from you, that's pretty high praise!
yoult's avatar
Ich hab ja noch gar nichts dazu gesagt... Naja... äh... Wondervoll!
Mehr kann ich gerade echt nicht sagen. :D
pilsator's avatar
Na ja, besten Dank :D
yoult's avatar
Therizinosaurier stimmen mich etwas sprachlos. :)
ChrisMasna's avatar
I didn't like much this animal until now. Bravo, it is absolutely elegant, probably my favorite among your works.
pilsator's avatar
Thanks a bunch, Chris!
DinoBirdMan's avatar
Interesting. In that chase that's wonderful for the new style of paleo-art.;)
pilsator's avatar
Thank you! I think it's pretty oldschool in being anatomical pornography and heavy on the descriptiveness side, but it's that way for a reason.
DinoBirdMan's avatar
Old school huh, well sounds great!:)
ShinRedDear's avatar
Gracile indeed and watchful ! This species needs more accurate depictions like yours. Great and subtle one !
pilsator's avatar
Thanks, especially for the "subtle" part!
ShinRedDear's avatar
You're welcome. :)
Fragillimus335's avatar
Vey graceful, you should try a Therizinosaurus in this style! :)
pilsator's avatar
I will eventually, but it sure as hell won't be that graceful ;)
Fragillimus335's avatar
Haha, a bit more potbellied, but very interesting.
Julio-Lacerda's avatar
You made it look like a very beautiful and graceful animal to admire! :)
pilsator's avatar
Well, it's a feather tube - but thanks nonetheless!
Gorgosaurus's avatar
Very nice!
Spike.
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