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The Stocky Dragon
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Published: June 18, 2015
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's avatar
Atlantis536|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's avatar
paleosir|Hobbyist General Artist
-birds are dinosaurs.

aside, the consencus is it's avialan (aka bird)
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Kazuma27|Hobbyist General Artist
Great!
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vasix|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's avatar
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|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|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello Jaime,
Thank you for providing us a reconstruction of this fossil!
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RickRaptor105's avatar
What animal is the skull based on?
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Qilong's avatar
Shenzhuraptor/Jeholornis and a cross with something basic like Microraptor.
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Hyrotrioskjan|Professional General Artist
It awesome :clap:
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ZoPteryx|Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work!  This new theory really seems to fit the evidence better than the original one. :)
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Archanubis's avatar
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's avatar
Swifts have similar feet, so it's not too weird, but yeah, it was pretty unusual to realize.
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Teratophoneus's avatar
This looks great!
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T-PEKC's avatar
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's avatar
Just read the post on theropoda!
Good science and good skeletal!
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