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Dakotaraptor steini by EWilloughby Dakotaraptor steini by EWilloughby

After months of eager waiting I can finally share this... meet Dakotaraptor, the giant dromaeosaur from Hell Creek! This is the first giant raptor known from this formation, andmore significantly, in my viewthe first giant raptor with robust, obvious, unmistakable quill knobs. At over 16 feet in length, this magnificent fellow was in the upper size range for Utahraptor, though very differently proportioned: where Utahraptor is stout and muscular, Dakota was lanky and lithe, like a scaled-up Deinonychus. Here I've shown it alongside the early shorebird Cimolopteryx for scale.

This is the first of two major illustrations I've done for the study. Don't want to overwhelm everyone at once, so I'll hold off on the other for a day or so. ;)

Read the paper here!

Now excuse me while I climb to the top of a mountain and shout to the heavens... yes, we now have proof that large dromaeosaurs were feathered. Deal with it.

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Wasichuwitko Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2017
I can SEE the 'Hey, wait up!' word balloon for the little bird following Dakotaraptor.
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FeatheredTrex Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Emily Wiloughby favorite artist ;)!!!!
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Volgadraco Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Why does it have so strange cheek covering?
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716592 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017
Beautiful creatures. 
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Evodolka Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
love the sense of speed shown in this :D
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CarlosVenator Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi, I've seen you drew the coverts and body feathers with rachis and barbs, but I've read that these should be monofilamentous feathers. Can I ask why you decided to draw developed feathers on its body? 
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FeatherNerd Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Because it's a raptor
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CarlosVenator Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dromaeosauridae, according to what I've read in a book from 2016, have monofilamentous feathers on its body and only the primaries and secondaries are feathers with rachis and barbs. Only members of Avialae and Archaeopteryx have covert feathers with rachis and barbs. 
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FeatherNerd Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
We have no fossil evidence to support that theory
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CarlosVenator Featured By Owner Edited Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The palaeontologists that wrote the book might. 
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FeatherNerd Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Or the book is just outdated :)
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CarlosVenator Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually the book is from late 2016. But actually we do have evidence of monofilamentous (stage 1) body feathers, look at the coelurosaur Yutyrannus for example. In any case, I'm not completely rejecting it, I'm just questioning it. :)
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FeatherNerd Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Yuty was a relatively large theropod though, kind of unrelated to raptors, plus it did not have actual wings or a tail fan. Raptors did have those, so that means that their feathers were developed. Their body feathers could not just be primitive.
It's like the modern day emu-eagle feather example
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william023 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016
They look better when the wings are folded back when they run than with their arms forwards because they appear more streamlined.
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Keehsay Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016
As large as Utharaptur? COOL!!1!!!
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TheLonelyOviraptor Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016
A bit smaller, but still very large! Also it's Utahraptor not Utahraptur 😄
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Spinosaurus14 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016
NOO Utharapetur!
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Camacaw Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016
I would go on and on by how amazing this is, but I'm pretty sure you've heard it many times before, so in short response.....*round of applause* 
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JD-man Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015
At 1st I had trouble deciding which Dakotaraptor deviation to favorite, but then I decided on this 1 b/c it's not sad (in reference to the Ornithomimus chick). In any case, they're both great & you're great making them. Also, this 1 reminds me of Road Runner ( www.cartoonspot.net/looney-tun… ).
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015   Traditional Artist
Amazing illustration for that great discovery.:)
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MigaraTaurus Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely art. In fact, you should write a book about feathered dinosaurs and have your art in it.
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JemDarpole Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
certainly I agree
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MigaraTaurus Featured By Owner Edited Jan 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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AchillobatorPrince Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Emily, I think for a ground-dwelling dromeosaur the tail fan would be like the one seen on Zhenyuanlong or Archeopteryx, the pennaceous feathers starting at the base of the tail and going all the way to the end (best illustrated here:ewilloughby.deviantart.com/art…), making the animal more streamline and designed for running. Nonetheless it's an incredible painting and the colors are so realistic.
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CarlosVenator Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually, I don't see a single feather on this reconstruction that isn't pennaceous.
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AchillobatorPrince Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I left that comment there over a year ago, forgive my stupidity
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CarlosVenator Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually this image has me puzzled. I've read different articles and now I'm confused about what types of feathers these animals had covering their body, i.e. apart from their primary and secondary feathers.
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AchillobatorPrince Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
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CarlosVenator Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It did! Thanks :D
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AchillobatorPrince Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem
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Dennonyx Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015   Traditional Artist
"climb to the top of a mountain and shout to the heavens" 

That was my reaction too :')
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ImpirrenRyRy Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015
Am I the only one who feels the lower jaw is a bit long?
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ImpirrenRyRy Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015
I WANT SEVERAL AS PETS.


Oh god.

This is why I love your art.
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acepredator Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015
That would be like having pet tigers, except these guys don't tire as easily.
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grisador Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015
You know there are still many people who has tigers, cheetahs and even lions as pets; however how much illegal is... :o
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acepredator Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015
Actually not illegal in places (trade in wild-caught cubs,however, is VERY illegal, but rare; most people that try to smuggle live cubs get arrested), and not unethical provided the owner is prepared.
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grisador Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015
Wait; so its still legal to pet a lion or chimpanzee at countries like USA or Canada ? :o
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acepredator Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015
Depends.
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grisador Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015
Well; apart from most of these animal's trade is illegal; and the species are endangered.

These animals are much more dangerous than even a pitBull; I well remember a case of (so called) domesticated chimpanzee killed his owner by tearing each of her bones apart...
I will not talk about the lion based fatalities; they're far more bloody
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acepredator Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015
Happens with domestic animals too.
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diebruder Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
me encanta
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Tarturus Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its interesting how even such a well studied fossil site as Hell Creek can continue to yield new discoveries.
Good portrayal of the Dakotaraptor btw. ^^
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BUGHS-22 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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TheOmnivore Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015
The torso-tail-leg ratio on this critter is so wrong, it seems much closer to Ornithomimisaurs than the standard model Dromaeosaurids. Given the fragmentary remains of the spine, I'm a bit sceptical about the exact length of torso and tail.
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FeatherNerd Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
To me, it's perfectly accurate
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015
Another great one, Emily!  I like the desert-y landscape ... this makes me think of a roadrunner.  A BIG one!
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EliBurrySchnepp Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015
Saw this in the news and immediately recognized your work. Gorgeous as always!
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now this is incredible, love the feathers and the pose here! Was so excited when I got the news regarding this species!
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JoakinMar Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015
Superb! Guess if the other one could be this dromaeosaurid fighthing a T.Rex but I think it would really unortodoxe for a scientific publication.
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