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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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:icontrisdino:
Great, great drawing. Your feathered theropods are some of the best ive seen thus far. 
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:iconsomekindaspy:
Wow. With a name like that, I'd almost expect this thing to shoot lightning out of its proto-beak.
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CutieDesigns May 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
cute.
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palaeorigamipete Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing piece again!
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:iconwhachamacallit1:
So this is what the Nords worship? Huh, for some reason I thought he was a human...
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:iconyoult:
yoult Feb 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
May Talos guide you!
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OblivionJunkey94 Feb 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ha lol nice comment ;]
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:iconemperordinobot:
Awesome job. Open access is good.
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EWilloughby 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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