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Dryptosaurus aquilunguis

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Dryptosaurus aquilunguis is a primitive tyrannosauroid theropod from the Maastricthian of East North America (the subcontinent Appalachia). Even though Dryptosaurus is one of the first named dinosaurs in USA, it's not very popular outside the paleontological circles. This is caused by the very fragmentary nature of its fossilized remains. It's estimated to be a little over 7 meters long, and as a primitive member of the clade had three fingers on each hand, unlike more derived members (as T. rex) which had two.

Here, Dryptosaurus aquilunguis is laying on one side on the ground, resting, being sick or dying (it's your choice). The resting positon of the animal is inspired by recent discussion over Hell Creek's forums.

This reconstruction is higly speculative. The long head is based after other tyrannosauroids as Eotyrannus, Appalachiosaurus, Guanlong and Dilong and the nasal ornamentation is hypothesized on the base of presences of similar structures in Guanlong, Yutyrannus and Alioramus. As the fossils evidence shows tyrannosaurids were atleast partly covered by feathers. Following the rumorms of fossilized patches of T. rex's skin showing regions covered with tiny scales and/or naked skin, I included these types of integument in this restoration. The underside of the animal is covered with large subrectangular scales, which get finer in the upper parts of the body. Legs are also scaly, as in most theropods. Naked skin is present on thighs, parts of the tail and over the ribs.

Reference: The reconstruction is loosely based on Andrey Atuchin - [link]

Medium: Pencils - 2B and 5B (+ digital editing on Photoshop)
Done: 2013.
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Tigon1Monster's avatar
This 3 fingered one is the one I'm familiar with.
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GamejumpedHobbyist Traditional Artist
he says " draw me like one of ur french girls"
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TheDubstepAddictHobbyist Traditional Artist
He's like

"Waddya watch? Im jus' relaxin...WHAT? Imma big lizard? No... stap annoyn me or I'm gonna eatcha..."
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MegalotitanHobbyist Digital Artist
lol
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TheDubstepAddictHobbyist Traditional Artist
LEL
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MegalotitanHobbyist Digital Artist
lul
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AnAlienScientistHobbyist General Artist
Lul means dick in dutch
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Lewl
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MegalotitanHobbyist Digital Artist
luwl lowl
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TheDubstepAddictHobbyist Traditional Artist
LEWUL
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HUBLERDONHobbyist General Artist
Hope it gets better. Fast. :(
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I oddly want to scratch its belly and pet it behind its ear holes...


Weird to want to do to an animal that could kill humans so easily, if given the chance while alive.
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TheDubstepAddictHobbyist Traditional Artist
I thought I were the only one that wants to do this...
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IT IS FANTASTIC:) (Smile) 
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Thanks!
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He looks healthy, I will say he is enjoying a bask on the dry, hot river bed. I know even warm-blooded animals, like chickens or dogs, enjoy basking, and dinosaurs probably did it too.  We need more art of dinosaurs casual lives.
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We really need more art depicting prehistoric animals acting casually!
william023's avatar
we need or i want to see:
panting theropods.
dinosaurs walking in dominant and submissive stances.
grooming dinosaurs.
gay dinosaurs.
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KeIIionHobbyist Writer
wow so amazing style ,so excellent position ,so wonderful details, so fantastic feets, so brilliant dinosaur
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JustisaurusStudent Traditional Artist
Charles Knight would be proud to see such a great redesign of his famous Dyrptosaurus painting. :) Awesome job, this guy looks totally realistic (and in my opninion he looks a bit too healthy to be sick or dying), and I agree with you on the feathers, at least in earlier tyrannosaurs, they probably did have a coating covering some of their body, and you were able to do this one perfectly. Once again, amazing piece of Paleoart, and it's going for sure imy favorites.
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Give him a blanket :)
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It doesn't need blanket. It got feathers. :XD:
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