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Talos sampsoni

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New dinosaur discovered:
(source: Foxnews)
Talos was a type of troodontid, a group of dinosaurs whose anatomy suggests they were closely related to birds.Estimated to have been about 6 feet (2 meters) long and weigh about 83 pounds (38 kilograms), Talos was neither the smallest nor largest troodontid. For instance, Talos was much larger than tiny troondontids such as Anchiornis, which may have been as small as 100 grams, while it was smaller and more slender than its approximately 8-foot-long cousin Troodon, after which this group of dinosaurs is named. "Talos was fleet-footed and lightly built," said researcher Lindsay Zanno, a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. "This little guy was a scrapper." (Zanno is also a research associate at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.)
The researchers discovered the specimen in the 1.9-million-acre Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in southern Utah. The area is one of the last pristine dinosaur graveyards in the United States, with at least 15 new dinosaur species discovered there in just the past decade, including the turkey-like Hagryphus giganteus, horned dinosaurs Kosmoceratops and Utahceratops, duck-billed dinosaurs, including Gryposaurus monumentensis, two new tyrannosaurs and a number of armored dinosaurs known as ankylosaurs.
"Finding a decent specimen of this type of dinosaur in North America is like a lighting strike," Zanno said, referring to the fact that troodontids are known nearly exclusively from Asia. "It's a random event of thrilling proportions."
Researcher Michael Knell also voiced his excitement: "I was surprised when I learned that I had found a new dinosaur," said Knell, a doctoral student at Montana State University. "It is a rare discovery, and I feel very lucky to be part of the exciting research happening here in the monument." He stumbled across the remains of Talos while exploring the area for fossil turtles as part of his doctoral research.


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EleanorTopsieHobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW Awesome! :wow:
And this thing did really exist?
His feets are like...idk, looks so like NO WAY XD
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ToxicKittyCatProfessional Digital Artist
Yes, yes it did
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EleanorTopsieHobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow thats just amazing :love:
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Green-ViperStudent Digital Artist
I don't like the eyes...
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ToxicKittyCatProfessional Digital Artist
Me too
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BlueFluffyDinosaurStudent Digital Artist
Troodonts had big eyes. Nice I like tthe arms :p
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ToxicKittyCatProfessional Digital Artist
I know, but his eyes were quite too cartoony so I resized them, and after colour change (orginaly he was green), eyes went even smaller (?)
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BlueFluffyDinosaurStudent Digital Artist
Anyway, it's great. First Talos on DA!
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ToxicKittyCatProfessional Digital Artist
I know, I drew it in 5 min, I was hyped then :)
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