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The Stocky Dragon by Qilong The Stocky Dragon by Qilong
A skeletal reconstruction of Balaur bondoc, prepard for Andrea Cau's new paper on the biggest theropod and bird from end-Cretaceous of Romania.

You can read the paper here: dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1032
Andrea Cau prepared a blog post here: theropoda.blogspot.be/2015/06/…
I prepared a blog post here: qilong.wordpress.com/2015/06/1…
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Atlantis536 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I saw a post on the Internet when researching about Balaur saying this was a flightless bird. Do you think it's a bird or a dinosaur?
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paleosir Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
-birds are dinosaurs.

aside, the consencus is it's avialan (aka bird)
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Paleo-reptiles Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016
Nice
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great!
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vasix Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It really baffles me how a pheasant-sized avialan was once thought to be a six-foot double-clawed dromaeosaur. Well I guess times change and this time they changed in a most interesting way!
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Ayceman Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
The size is still roughly the same minus the smaller expected tail. It's more massive than you'd expect it to be because it's a terrestrialized bird, like a kea or a kakapo (both very large parrots).
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reminegrest Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Just fascinating analysis, so much to think! Nonetheless, as it was in Avialae I imagine it with slight longer, even more "S" shaped neck and a bit smaller head. But who knows now :) And see, even in taphonomy, first and second foot digits are curved like in Dromaeosauridae, so it's their natural position caused by tendons... tension, I guess.
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aspidel Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello Jaime,
Thank you for providing us a reconstruction of this fossil!
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RickRaptor105 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
What animal is the skull based on?
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Qilong Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
Shenzhuraptor/Jeholornis and a cross with something basic like Microraptor.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Professional General Artist
It awesome :clap:
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ZoPteryx Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work!  This new theory really seems to fit the evidence better than the original one. :)
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Archanubis Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
Those feet are so strange... it's hard to believe this is actually a feature of the animal, not a mutation like a polydactyl cat.
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Qilong Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
Swifts have similar feet, so it's not too weird, but yeah, it was pretty unusual to realize.
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Teratophoneus Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
This looks great!
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
Even weirder than the original interpretations! It is great to finally have a good candidate for an example of island-gigantism in mesozoic theropods.
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thedinorocker Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
Just read the post on theropoda!
Good science and good skeletal!
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