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Sciurumimus albersdoerferi

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Sciurumimus albersdoerferi is the first theropod with feathers discovered that isn't closely related to birds. The name means "Squirrel mimic". The fossil is a juvenile, and unlike the huge, meat-eating adults, it fed on insects.
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JokerCarnage5Hobbyist General Artist
love it.:D
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Fuzzy dinosaur. :D ~<3
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TheWoodParableHobbyist General Artist
Beautiful.
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Shouldn't it have 3 fingers?
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BABBY DINOSAWRS
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That's one cute baby! You've done a good job distinguishing its downy feathers from the flight feathers of modern birds (which I've seen on some reconstructions!) The insects are well realised too.

This picture makes me wonder what the adults would have looked like!
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ViergachtProfessional General Artist
Yeah, I assume protofeathers would look more like what's on a chick than an adult. I'm no scientist, though, that's just a guess.
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True-LevellerHobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh sh*t now its on. Feathered Megalosauroids? That likely means feathered Allosaurs, Carcharodontosaurids etc.!
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ViergachtProfessional General Artist
Yeah!
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commander-salamanderHobbyist General Artist
I really like the light in it's eye.
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RavensSongOfLoveStudent Traditional Artist
wow, very good and very interesting.
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Cute little guy =D
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The insects are revolting! Run for your lives!
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ViergachtProfessional General Artist
No, the goggas are DELICIOUS!
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PeteriDishHobbyist General Artist
awesome! so does this mean there is a good chance that something like coelophysis had proto-feathers too?
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ViergachtProfessional General Artist
Most of these feathered specimens are coming from the fine-grained limestone deposits in China and Germany (and thereabouts) and I don't think we have that here in the US Triassic deposits where Coelophysis was found, but if a megalosaur had feathers it seems very probably Coelophysis did, too.
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PristichampsusProfessional General Artist
Perhaps even primitive crocodiles, as some have speculated....
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that's cool! thanks! =)
electreel's avatar
The best illustration of Sciurumimus I´ve seen so far! :) Great job!
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ViergachtProfessional General Artist
Thanks! I'm surprised I haven't seen more reconstructions of it.
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Indeed! I´ve seen just a couple of them... It seems that this dino-fever won´t be just as big as the Yutyrannus´one... sadly size matters in these situations.
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ViergachtProfessional General Artist
But it's such a cute little thing!
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