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Xiaotingia zhengi by vasix Xiaotingia zhengi by vasix
The early dino-bird catches the caecilian and gives it to his girlfriend-that's the event taking place here.....well, Xiaotingia is the new troodontid related to Anchiornis, form the Taiojishan Formation of China, in the mid-Jurassic (Oxfordian, 160 million years ago.....)

I thought that troodonts would be sexually dimorphic like modern birds and therefore this morning, decided to give the boy orange wings. Caecilians are known from the Jurassic. The caecilian Eocaecilia was an early genus, a contemporary of Dilophosaurus (195 million years old, Kayenta Formation, Arizona) so there's no reason that by this time, they were crawling all round the world. :p
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Tyrannotitan333 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Did caecelians exist in the Jurassic?
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vasix Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, Eocaecilia existed in the Early Jurassic-there's no reason to belive that they were widespread across the Middle Jurassic too. :)
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SpikedHead Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice job ^-^
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BlueFluffyDinosaur Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Soooo good! I love theirs tails.

But Xiaotingia and Anchiornis weren't a Archaeopterygidae members? Anyway Archaeopterygidae is very relative to Troodontidae and thoose species are very erly.
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vasix Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, they are not archaeopterygids....these two genera, Anchiornis and Xiaotingia are in fact troodonts, I think almost completely troodont if I can remember well....
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
We need more caecilians in paleo art!
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vasix Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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