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Oviraptorosauria Snouts by Qilong Oviraptorosauria Snouts by Qilong
I used my favorite pen in the entire universe, a Pigma Micron 005, to make this. since each skull normally is a whole 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper in size (with a few small exceptions at the top of the page), these are not small, and Citipati osmolskae, my first completed in this series, is my best and favorite.


I've finally gotten around to fixing some of this, The original files for these individual images are currently on another, inaccessible harddrive. As such, this is the best rosulution you get.

A, Incisivosaurus gauthieri; Protarchaeopteryx robustus (not included) is too incomplete to include, but would be similar.
B, Caudipteryx, based on an unnamed species.
C, Caudipteryx zoui.
D, Avimimus portentosus.
E, an unnamed oviraptorid, based on two specimens in private hands; some specimens appear to be present in institutional hands, which may lead to this animal receiving a name at some point soon.
F, Wulatelong gobiensis.
G, Oviraptor philoceratops.
H, Citipati osmolskae.
I, an unnamed oviraptorid, GI 100/42, which has been considered very close to Citipati osmolskae but represents a form rather distinct from it.
J, Nemegtomaia barsboldi.
K, Rinchenia mongoliensis.
L, Banji long, possibly the smallest oviraptorid.
M, an oviraptorid specimen, ZPAL MgD-I/95, which has been referred to a variety of taxa; the distinctly curved mandible is most similar to "Ingenia" yanshini.
N, an unnamed oviraptorid, in the PIN collections of St. Petersburg, which represents a new species.
O, Conchoraptor gracilis; newer specimens help clarify some of the anatomy shown here with extensive hatching.
P, Khaan mckennai, noted for its very sloped snout.
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paleosir Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is E Corythoraptor?
Qilong Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2017
It is not.
Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sad that the two coolest heads belong to unpublished species… :(
Qilong Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Well, some of the cooler heads are the tiniest, and one of them hasn't been well-described at all. Certainly, the crested skulls are really interesting on their own, of course.
Silenced-Dreams Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aaah almost all my favourite beakies in one place.

Some day I will get around to actually doing proper illustrations of them.
DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student Artist
Cool! I'm really like of those snouts.:)
Yo-Snap Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Wow, they look good!
PeteriDish Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Wow, what a lot of work all presented in a single image! Great job. These were very intriguing dinosaurs.
pilsator Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And the oviraptorosaurs go on, da-da-dum-da-dum-dum...
Urus-28 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So much details :p I like this picture :la:
Qilong Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Thanks you.
MattMart Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, the two Caudipteryx species look REALLY dissimilar when you present them in this much detail... do you reckon this is ontogenetic? Still trying to figure out how the feathered Yixian "Similicaudipteryx" specimens fit in, from the paper the adult skull looks a lot like C. sp.
Qilong Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
The Caudipteryx zoui skull looks a little different than shown here ... I need to update that, too. Also, adding Oviraptor philoceratops back in, and include what there is of a caenagnathid skull (Sues' partial cranium, and when I can see them as they are preserved, the Triebold specimens).

When it comes to caudipterids, though, the main features that distinguish them cranially are in some proportions and features of the maxilla and premaxilla, shallower on one taxon than the other. I did a slightly better recon here: [link] . But they are very similar nonetheless to what is seen in this page.
RickRaptor105 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009
This is perfect except for only one thing:

Nemegtia´s name is actually Nemegtomaia.
Qilong Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
I am aware of this. I've chosen not to modify the image for some time because of other issues, although I do plan to modify it to reflect current opinion.
Michelle56 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OOoh cool!
izu3000 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2007
sir or madam, thank you for drawing these. Inspiration is flowing like a river b/c of these ^_'
Qilong Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007
No problem! Let the juices flow!! Or something....
bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2006
I love this picture. Don't know why, but it makes me happy looking at it. All that diversity of nose form spread out in front of me.
Qilong Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2006
Let us hope that there will be more and more to add to this panoply.
ZEGH8578 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
are you suggesting heyuannia and ingenia is the same critter?
Qilong Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
No, but they have many synapomorphies and may be each others' closest relatives. Personal systematic research has produced this topology based on jaw, and arm anatomy. Incidentally, the skull may not be Ingenia, is only strongly suggested as that taxon.
ZEGH8578 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2005
THATS "ronaldoraptor"??

ok, i have a question for you:

Are there ONE or TWO ronaloraptors?

cus i have a photo of ONE skull with neck vertebrae in a rock, and a photo of a mounted skeleton - is the mounted thing based on the skull/neck?
ZEGH8578 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2005
thank you!

jeffquinn Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2005
gosh, rinchenia has [had] such a beautiful crest and snout...
great reference piece! i haven't even heard of ronaldoraptor yet...kind of a lame name, but interesting crest shape...
Qilong Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2005
Well, it's just a fake name. Luis and Henry wanted a name that would be fun for what was, at the time a fictional dinosaur. The animal's head was inspired by the skull, but the skull doesn't actually have a name.
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