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Gigantoraptor erlianensis
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Published: November 19, 2009
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Gigantoraptor, an oversized oviraptosaurid from late Cretaceous. It was discovered in Mongolia. There is a fragmentary skull and few more skeletal remains.

This reconstruction is based on a Cassowary (Casuarius sp.) and represents a male patrolling it's territory. In the background there are two females. The two little pterosaurids are completely invented.

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Bleskobleska-Yandere's avatar
It's really realistic <3 I love this work :3
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TopGon|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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You are welcome c:
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FeatherNerd|Hobbyist General Artist
Am i the only one who saw the bee too?
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TopGon|Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha, there it was...
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FeatherNerd|Hobbyist General Artist
:iconyee-plz: Yee
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aiman5625's avatar
Amazing :D (Big Grin) 

Love the little pterosaurs
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TopGon|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. They are lovely. hahaha
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Angelwings200's avatar
Looks great! Especially with the cassowary colors!
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TopGon|Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I didi it to give a more realistic looking. Thank you very much.
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WOW !!! WOW !!!  WOW !!!:) (Smile) :) (Smile) :) (Smile) 


IT IS ... IT IS ... VERY VERY FANTASTUIC JOB AND NICE DRAWING  :D (Big Grin) 
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Amazing! I love it!! :)
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Cool!!  :lol: 
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TopGon|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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You're welcome!  :) 
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leehonglocal's avatar
They resembles cassowaries, except for the size of their head crests.
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Btw, congratulations on creating one of my favorite drawings of this interesting species.
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Thank you very much!
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I don't necessarily agree with other reconstructions that show Gigantoraptor with few or no feathers. The recently extinct giant Moa (with no wings at all) and Elephant Bird, although rather smaller, were well supplied with a feathery covering, even in their similarly warm habitats and they were probably more remotely descended from their flying ancestors than Gigantoraptor Erlianensis was.
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I think those large ovirraptosaurs would have had much more feathers than we soppose. Feather structure like cassowary or emu is the most plausible to me and would cover all the body. What I don't see is wing feathers in the arms. To me, such feathering could not have any clear functions in an annimal with claws of that size. A fluffy feathers like ostrich is a better displaying structure.
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Shading nests.
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They did it, for sure.
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I LOVE IT SO MUCH I'M ADDING YOU TO MY WATCH, GIVING YOU A LLAMA, AND FAVING THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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