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Fourth of the series of feathered dinosaur illustrations I'm working on for ~Agahnim
's book on evolution. The previous three can be found here
, and here
This is the famous Velociraptor mongoliensis
in its native late Cretaceous Gobi Desert. Velociraptor
was a small dromaeosaur, or raptor dinosaur, and contrary to its most famous depictions was almost certainly feathered from head to tail. This is no longer based merely on phylogenic evidence, either - as of 2007, reanalysis of the fossil has shown that its posterior forearm contains quite obvious quill knobs
As is typical for these illustrations, a lot of work went into this and I take a lot of pride in it now that it's finished. Again I appreciate the help and critiques of ~Agahnim
as well as several of the Gondolendians.
Oil paint on canvas.