surely went after larger prey like Protoceratops
at least occasionally, as we have fossil evidence that it certainly did so. However, like many modern mid-sized carnivores, its diet probably consisted of a large proportion of much smaller animals, which it may have ambushed or sniffed out of crevices. I imagine such a predation event would have been rather felid in nature, wherein the animal displayed a curious mixture of predatory grace and pure silly ridiculousness as it bounced and flailed after a frantic prey animal. In this case the prey in question is Zalambdalestes
, a small shrewlike eutherian from the Djadochta Formation of Inner Mongolia.
This scenario - a pair of Velociraptor
s on a hunt - is something I've illustrated twice before, the first time in 2005
and the second in 2009
. Hopefully the third time's the charm, since the first two are hideous.
This is a digital (Photoshop CS4 + Wacom tablet) and oil paint composite illustration, and will be eventually published in ~Agahnim
's and my book on the creation vs. evolution debate. As always, I have ~Agahnim
to thank for being a lot of help with shading and compositional critiques.