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Eosinopteryx by EWilloughby Eosinopteryx by EWilloughby
Here is my rendition of Eosinopteryx brevipenna, the new troodontid described last week in Nature Communications. This tiny feathery, from the Late Jurassic Tiaojishan formation of Liaoning, China, differs from other basal troodontids in that it lacked the long feathers on the metatarsals and pes that typifies related animals, such as Anchiornis. It also had much shorter footclaws than related species, and this together with the lack of "legwings" indicates it was very likely a terrestrial bird. The animal is also a bit unusual in that its tail is rather short and lacks any sign of retrices, which gives it a bit unusual and somehow more "primitive" appearance than its relatives.

Here, the little fellow perches atop a mossy stump, possibly the highest vantage point it was able to manage. The paper makes no mention of whether the ungual on the second digit of the foot could be retracted, but the fossil's second pedal claw is clearly larger than the other claws on the foot, so it's possible it was used to aid in balance as well as predation.

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Godefroit, P.; Demuynck, H.; Dyke, G.; Hu, D.; Escuillié, F. O.; Claeys, P. (2013). "Reduced plumage and flight ability of a new Jurassic paravian theropod from China". Nature Communications 4: 1394. doi:10.1038/ncomms2389.
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hannahmcgill Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Too few paleo artists want to display ancient creatures in such flattering colors with soft textures. :)
fishofglass Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
so good!
Strawberry-Fantasies Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous. <3
StudioSpectre Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Frickin love it!
Angelotheweasel4227 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
...and here we come to the missing link between birds and reptiles...
Yep, definetly facing this one:+fav:
PierreDeLarge Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
One of my favourite dinosaurs. Well, my favourites are swans, crows (especially ravens) and parrots so I am a man of simply tastes. Though I do adore all maniraptors!
WhiskerfaceRumpel Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just love all the pretty colors in this! 
JacquelineRae Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Amazing! I love the colors in this one. I like your paleo-illustrations - they seem very accurate and highly detailed, yet still express a lot of creativity.
Halbatroz Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Great work! =D
Think-Like-the-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Reminds me of a roadrunner. Could it have had some flight capabilities, as in "extended" jumps to escape predators?
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