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Oviraptorosauria Snouts

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's avatar
Is E Corythoraptor?
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Fragillimus335's avatar
Sad that the two coolest heads belong to unpublished species… :(
Qilong's avatar
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's avatar
Aaah almost all my favourite beakies in one place.

Some day I will get around to actually doing proper illustrations of them.
DinoBirdMan's avatar
Cool! I'm really like of those snouts.:)
Yo-Snap's avatar
Wow, they look good!
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WillemSvdMerwe's avatar
Wow, what a lot of work all presented in a single image! Great job. These were very intriguing dinosaurs.
pilsator's avatar
And the oviraptorosaurs go on, da-da-dum-da-dum-dum...
Urus-28's avatar
So much details :p I like this picture :la:
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MattMart's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
This is perfect except for only one thing:

Nemegtia´s name is actually Nemegtomaia.
Qilong's avatar
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.
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izu3000's avatar
sir or madam, thank you for drawing these. Inspiration is flowing like a river b/c of these ^_'
Qilong's avatar
No problem! Let the juices flow!! Or something....
bensen-daniel's avatar
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's avatar
Let us hope that there will be more and more to add to this panoply.
ZEGH8578's avatar
are you suggesting heyuannia and ingenia is the same critter?
Qilong's avatar
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's avatar
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?
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