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The Swift Killer's Head by Qilong The Swift Killer's Head by Qilong
Here is the full depiction of my stippled skull for Velociraptor mongoliensis. This skull is not based on any particular skull, but a large array of them, and thus represents a complex rather than a particular morphology.
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Gamerey Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016
This is a great reconstruction. Do you plan on reconstructing the skull of camarasaurus or diplodocus? It is surprisingly very difficult to find either in both side and top view.
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shadeslaire Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, This is the drawing I used for one of my sculptures "Thorn". I found it on the web under dinosaur skull images, it was labeled as a Velociraptor, but didn't look like other drawings I've seen. I was looking at images of dienonychus at the time, and decided to use this drawing. Thank you!
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Jdailey1991 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
So what can we tell, in simple English, about the Swift Killer by looking at a complete skull of it?
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Qilong Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
It looked like a sleek monitor lizard head. Also, very narrow.
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Jdailey1991 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Any indication of senses?  Diet?
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Qilong Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
You have to look deeper into the skull than the surface here for that. The size of the olfactory bulbs, optic bulb and size of the optic forament through which cranial nerve II (optic) passes, and the size of the flocculus and length of the inner ear canal are all good indicators but for Velociraptor no good data exists. Similar, related animals, suggest these are pretty normal for a terrestrial hunter.
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is simply fantstic! incredible work! =)
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Qilong Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Thanks!
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Panzerwerk Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful work !
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Qilong Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Thank you! I had fun doing it.
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Anto009 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Everytime I see something like this I fangasm, it's my favourite style of shading with my favourite style of illustration, all together in an amazingly done drawing :iconitsbeautifulplz:
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Qilong Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
I'm glad you like it ;)
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eorhythm Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I just had a dream with a damn V. mo. in it yesterday morning so this is grand. I never dream of dinosaurs, so it was a treat, but these things were hilarious and realistic — not much regal aside from their bitchin' little claw. Man, were they cute, though.

Unfortunately I have no critique, but it says something that I thought it was a composite right away. Personally this has to be my favourite reconstruction yet, so hell yeah!
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Qilong Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
That's okay, the skull is there to be enjoyed, by those who wish it.
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JD-man Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
In the view from above, what is that bone in front of e/eye socket? Would that have given it "eagle eyes" in life?
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Qilong Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
Most people who work on the anatomy of theropod dinosaurs think it's a combination of two bones, the prefrontal and the lachrymal, which are fused together. As for what it does to the eyeball itself, there has been thought that it's like the bones of raptorial birds, but the truth is that's not true. Eagles, and several other birds, have another bone above the eyeball called the palpebral; this bone is tall, curves above the eye and reaches close to the postorbital. Some other dinosaurs do have such a bone, and in in a few like the ankylosaurs and stegosaurs, there are several of these and they are all fused into a single ring around the eyesocket; in ceratopsians, these bones are all fused to the scleral ring that also supports the eyeball (or that's the hypothesis, anyway). We can think that Vel had such a palpebral bone, and there is some evidence for it, but that's not what the actual bones show for now.
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ChrisMasna Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I looked for that cutaways for months! Now I finally can start a decent 3d model of the skull.
This just needs a front view to be perfect :)
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Qilong Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
Ah ... I chose not to render a front or rear view, or a complete palatal complex in lateral, medial or ventral views, for the simplicity of focusing on the jaws fitting together. Maybe sometime I will do this.
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