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Saurornitholestes sullivani

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meet the new turkey vulture out of all dromaeosauridae thus far. Saurornitholestes sullivani is the first dromaeosaur confirmed to have a very acute sense of smell. this species, confirmed in 2015, has a rather large brain’s olfactory bulb compared to S. langstoni. indicating that this particular creature has a very well developed sense of smell. at six feet in length, it is compatible in size to certain velociraptor specimens( although dwarfed by the one specimen believed to weigh in at 25 kgs). such adaptions could of been use to locate smaller prey or carcasses. making it's diet much broader then relations of similar size
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SAMSUNG
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SM-N910T
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1/24 second
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F/2.2
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5 mm
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May 20, 2015, 7:19:49 PM
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Pokemonjam12's avatar
How the uh WHAT who draws dinos that good?!
The-sToneForesT's avatar
Wow, so realistic.
TheroGoji's avatar
So happy to have found a fan of accurate dinosaurs online!
Awesome work!
Pokemonjam12's avatar
There is more fans of dinos.
Wyatt-Andrews-Art's avatar
Oh, there are plenty of us here :p
HUBLERDON's avatar
Love the coloring!
Terizinosaurus's avatar
IT IS FANTASTIC!!!
VERY NICE WORK:)
FredtheDinosaurman's avatar
Love how you did the arm feathers, they dont look all delicate and polished perfect, kinda look gnarly :D I love it!
Adamsaurus02's avatar
WOW. This is really cute :D (Big Grin) good job!
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TheScipio's avatar
Do you have a referance? Also, nice job :D.
X-StreamChaos's avatar
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Alexanderlovegrove's avatar
Is this made with a pen?  Nice work on the shading and detail.
spinosaurus1's avatar
thank you. this was made with a technical pen
loonyowl's avatar
Great reconstruction - gotta love them eagle brows. I thought, though, that Dromaeosaurids taking small prey was a general consensus among palaeontologists for the group, rather than just S. sullivani?
spinosaurus1's avatar
that is true. but here, the use of a greater sense of smell makes S. sullivani better adapted to hunt such smaller prey items then other dromaeosaurids of similar size. it could track, locate, and pursue it's target( which could either be a small prey item or carcass) by using a different sense other then sight, something that dromaeosaurs are thought to use heavily for

if i had to think of a modern analog, i would view s. sullivani as a turkey vulture. using sight and smell to locate small animals and carrion whereas it's relations such as velociraptor would of behaved more like golden eagles, taking both small and sizable prey that is within their capabilities but in lesser success rates. this of course, is my opinion. the citation the describes S. sullivani made the inference of a greater sense of smell meaning a more dangerous predator of larger game. i think that sed adaptions would make more sense for hunting smaller prey in larger quantities then for the latter.
loonyowl's avatar
That does indeed make sense. Also, from the evidence Velociraptor mongoliensis lived in a desert environment, so there would likely have been less undergrowth, making it easier to detect small prey by sight alone. On the other hand I believe if I am right that S. sullavani lives a more forested environment, so a good sense of smell would have been an advantage.
Dontknowwhattodraw94's avatar
I can totally see this thing pack up in large groups around a carcass just like vultures do. 
Nice work :)
ZoPteryx's avatar
Great work on this new dino!
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