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Talos sampsoni by EWilloughby Talos sampsoni by EWilloughby
This is the newly described troodontid Talos sampsoni of Utah's Kaiparowits Formation. The described specimen of this derived troodontid had an interesting feature, which is that the sickle claw-bearing toe of the left foot had been broken in life, including a surface lesion, and had then healed. The authors speculate that the toe may have been damaged in some sort of physical trauma or infection. A popular theory is that it was damaged in the act of predation, though that remains a speculative idea.

Here I've reconstructed it inspecting the hurt toe after the injury had occurred, perhaps cleaning it as best as it was able.

The paper is open access, so please feel free to read more about it here.
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raptorkil Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
oh noo poor thing ;n;
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Terizinosaurus Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
IT IS FANTASTIC!!!;) (Wink) 
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trisdino Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Great, great drawing. Your feathered theropods are some of the best ive seen thus far. 
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Wow. With a name like that, I'd almost expect this thing to shoot lightning out of its proto-beak.
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makergreen Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
beautiful
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PinkoPrint Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Student General Artist
cute.
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing piece again!
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Whachamacallit1 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
So this is what the Nords worship? Huh, for some reason I thought he was a human...
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yoult Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
May Talos guide you!
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OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ha lol nice comment ;]
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
Awesome job. Open access is good.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks. And yes, yes it is! I hope that more researchers begin following the open-access trend.
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Hoatziraptor Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
WOW, is cool
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Tarturus Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice pic. ^^
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indigomagpie Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Fun pose!
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MaxterandKiwiKing Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Finally a picture of my second favorite troodont(Troodon is the first).
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GisseGirL Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pretty...Good Job ;D
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lzanno Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Thanks for a beautiful illustration of Talos sampsoni! How nice to have an image showing the dinosaur nursing its injury.
I look forward to using it in presentations to kids and families (if you don't mind of course).
Best,
Lindsay Zanno
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Dr. Zanno, it would be an honor if you were to use my picture in a presentation. Please feel free! This was a fairly quick illustration, so it isn't incredibly large. If you don't mind, I can email you the higher resolution version.
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SpiritedLittlePony Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How recent was it discovered? Btw the way you drew it here made it so cute ;p
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
The paper was released on September 19. And indeed, troodontids seem to possess natural cuteness. :)
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SpiritedLittlePony Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD Aw! Cool! I in that case I gotta check it out!
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Iybran Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You were the first person I ever saw drawing feathers on dinosaurs and now there is a TV program showing them like it. I makes me feel glad that I've been watching you all these years.

On this one, very well done, it looks so life like.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
That's a nice thing to hear. :) It's great that television shows are very slowly but steadily starting to get the feathering correct on deinonychosaurs.
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Durbed Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Absolutely amazing! This might be my favourite piece of yours.
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Blairaptor Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is just beautiful, and the fact that you based it off of a real discovery makes it even more interesting.
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Zerfia Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
thats friggen adorable
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Lucern7 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Student General Artist
d'aww that's a cute critter,
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work! Lov the way you did the plumage, really eye-catching! :D
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ToxicKittyCat Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pose and colours add nice effect
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Tyrannotitan333 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job! :)
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Raptor85 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the colours you used here aswell as pose! excellent as always.
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Nice job. It came out great.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :>

Nice signature by the way. =p
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Haha, thanks :P
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ChocolateStarfire Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:O

A. MAZING. :D
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ScottHartman Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Very well done.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :)
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eorhythm Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Whatever the traumatic incident that caused its pedal deformity, I posit that Talos would have appeared fucking adorable when it occurred.

This really makes me miss working at the UMNH. :(
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
You used to work at the UMNH? That's awesome, I don't think I knew that. Tell me about it sometime.
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