Here's my submission to Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs
' version of the "All Yesterdays" contest. This version of the contest is differentiated from the original by requiring the artist to illustrate the speculative behavior in a style different from their usual, with a specific emphasis on straying from the hyper-detailed, realistic style that most paleoartists seem to be trying to capture these days. I tried a sort of cell-shaded, pseudo-vector type of look for mine, which I'm sure most of you will notice is very different from my usual fare.
Anyway, this is a little different from most entries to this contest in that while it's speculative, it is something that I genuinely believe is the case (that Microraptor
was an omnivore), and I think it's perfectly possible that one of the ~300 undescribed specimens of this animal may preserve plant matter gut contents. Hard to say. In any case, I think that Microraptor
has certain features that are consistent with omnivory in maniraptorans, including having somewhat unusual dentition by dromaeosaur standards.
Here I've depicted it munching on a tasty cycad fruit.
I intend to do a more in-depth blog post exploring this concept sometime in the coming weeks. I also hope that my watchers aren't sick of me drawing Microraptor
s yet... there will be more to come.