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Digging for Dinner by EWilloughby Digging for Dinner by EWilloughby
This is an illustration of a new discovery involving fossilized scratch marks, presumably from the foot claws of a maniraptoran, at the entrance to an ancient primitive mammal burrow.

The scratched-out burrows provide a unique insight into both the behavior and diet of these dinosaurs, which must have occasionally dug out the burrows of their prey, like many modern predators do. This trace fossil was found in Utah and is dated at around 80 million years old, which means the claw marks could belong to several different small dromaeosaurs or troodonts. I've illustrated the dromaeosaur Saurornitholestes here, which was similar in size and anatomy to Velociraptor. The findings were published in the journal Geology.

All of the news articles I've seen describing this finding have included pretty crappy illustrations, so I was inspired to create my own. I may also send it to the authors of the paper.
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brandon-bowling Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
Nicely done. You did a wonderful job on all those detailed feathers.
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing picture! I feel sorry for the mouse! =D
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MugenSeiRyuu Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
Just like a chicken...seriously, chickens do that aswell, although being smaller, they usually dig for worms and bugs...
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TrevelyanL85A2 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
Very nice job :D
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JD-man Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
Quoting yourself: "All of the news articles I've seen describing this finding have included pretty crappy illustrations, so I was inspired to create my own. I may also send it to the authors of the paper."

I concur: you're illustration is WAY better than anything else I've seen having to do w/"this finding". There's just 1 thing that I don't understand: how is it that there are 4 claw marks w/3 close together & 1 far apart? Many thanks in advance.
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felix-leg Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaargh! Why those humongous feathered lizards don't allow a commoner watching TV in his own burrow! :doh:

btw: Isn't this...rat too new?
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Aqiil Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Absolutely Stunning ! :)
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Nemonus Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Haha, of course they scratch just like chickens! I'm not sure it took actual fossil proof to assume that was likely. Very nice picture.
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LanexCyteri Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
very nice
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Excellent!
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