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Gigantoraptor erlianensis



Gigantoraptor erlianensis (Erlian giant plunderer) was a shockingly massive caenagnathid theropod dinosaur discovered in 2005 in Inner Mongolia's Iren Dabasu Formation. An adult would have been over twenty feet long and weighed approximately two tons.
What's interesting about Gigantoraptor, is the only known specimen has advanced ossification and growth rings in the fibula indicating the creature was about eleven years old when it died, and appears to have reached a young adult stage at seven years. This suggests an unusually fast growth rate abnormal to most theropods.

I felt like drawing another dinosaur after a long hiatus of being too busy to illustrate, and Gigantoraptor was the first dinosaur to pop into my head.

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BrooksLeibee's avatar
nice colors and details!