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Dryptosaurus aquilunguis by T-PEKC Dryptosaurus aquilunguis by T-PEKC
Dryptosaurus aquilunguis is a primitive tyrannosauroid theropod from the Maastricthian of East North America (the subcontinent Appalachia). Even though Dryptosaurus is one of the first named dinosaurs in USA, it's not very popular outside the paleontological circles. This is caused by the very fragmentary nature of its fossilized remains. It's estimated to be a little over 7 meters long, and as a primitive member of the clade had three fingers on each hand, unlike more derived members (as T. rex) which had two.

Here, Dryptosaurus aquilunguis is laying on one side on the ground, resting, being sick or dying (it's your choice). The resting positon of the animal is inspired by recent discussion over Hell Creek's forums.

This reconstruction is higly speculative. The long head is based after other tyrannosauroids as Eotyrannus, Appalachiosaurus, Guanlong and Dilong and the nasal ornamentation is hypothesized on the base of presences of similar structures in Guanlong, Yutyrannus and Alioramus. As the fossils evidence shows tyrannosaurids were atleast partly covered by feathers. Following the rumorms of fossilized patches of T. rex's skin showing regions covered with tiny scales and/or naked skin, I included these types of integument in this restoration. The underside of the animal is covered with large subrectangular scales, which get finer in the upper parts of the body. Legs are also scaly, as in most theropods. Naked skin is present on thighs, parts of the tail and over the ribs.

Reference: The reconstruction is loosely based on Andrey Atuchin - [link]

Medium: Pencils - 2B and 5B (+ digital editing on Photoshop)
Done: 2013.
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:iconcalibersoul2012:
Calibersoul2012 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  New Deviant
I oddly want to scratch its belly and pet it behind its ear holes...


Weird to want to do to an animal that could kill humans so easily, if given the chance while alive.
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Terizinosaurus Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
IT IS FANTASTIC:) (Smile) 
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
Thanks!
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william023 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 17, 2015
He looks healthy, I will say he is enjoying a bask on the dry, hot river bed. I know even warm-blooded animals, like chickens or dogs, enjoy basking, and dinosaurs probably did it too.  We need more art of dinosaurs casual lives.
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
We really need more art depicting prehistoric animals acting casually!
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william023 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
we need or i want to see:
panting theropods.
dinosaurs walking in dominant and submissive stances.
grooming dinosaurs.
gay dinosaurs.
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william023 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
yes.
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william023 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
Bless.
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KeIIion Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
wow so amazing style ,so excellent position ,so wonderful details, so fantastic feets, so brilliant dinosaur
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Justisaurus Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Charles Knight would be proud to see such a great redesign of his famous Dyrptosaurus painting. :) Awesome job, this guy looks totally realistic (and in my opninion he looks a bit too healthy to be sick or dying), and I agree with you on the feathers, at least in earlier tyrannosaurs, they probably did have a coating covering some of their body, and you were able to do this one perfectly. Once again, amazing piece of Paleoart, and it's going for sure imy favorites.
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DutchSpaceLover Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Give him a blanket :)
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
It doesn't need blanket. It got feathers. :XD:
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Calibersoul2012 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 3, 2015  New Deviant
Then give a pillow.
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DutchSpaceLover Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Damn! That's right! ;)
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MissIp Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
awe...
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MineCraftBoy551 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
awwwwwwww he looks so cute when he sleeps
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TheJiggyMonster Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Draw me like one of your french girls."
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
I've never thought a quote from "Titanic" could be applied to my paleoart. Until now :lol:
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Algoroth Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Really cool drawing! IMO, having its eyes closed would have added fuel to the speculation. Rare pose, and well done.

I see Dryptosaurus as having much bigger claws, judging from the fossil remains I have seen pics of.
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Thank you! :)

You're right about the claws, they should be considerably bigger than that, it's my mistake. In my attempts to not make them too big, I ended up drawing them too small. If I ever need this work involved in any project, I'll fix claw's size.
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Algoroth Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Why not fix them now?
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
I don't like going back to old works and fixing them, unless I'm somehow forced to do it by some reasons. Mistakes are part of each artwork and they remind me what I need to improve or to not do again. Usually I prefer making a new drawing instead of reworking an old one. It may not sound logical, but that's how I work. :)
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Algoroth Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Up to you.
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JWArtwork Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work! :lol: It's always nice to see animals from Cretaceous Appalachia, which are represented in far too low numbers. But apart from Dryptosaurus and Appalachiosaurus, what other fauna has been recovered from Cretaceous Appalachia:?
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Thank you!

Well, another one would be Hadrosaurus, also I think there are a lot of very fragmentary dinosaur remains from Appalachia.

Wikipedia has a short list with Appalachian dinosaurs - [link]. I have no idea what the rest of the fauna was like.
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JWArtwork Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, yes, Hadrosaurus. I heard somewhere it was found on both sides of the Western Interior Seaway, could that be right:?

Hmm, I guess some alligatoroids, some enanthiornids, hesperornids, maybe some champsosaurs, the usual, I guess. It's an interesting thought, actually, if more primitive dinosaurs have survived on Appalachia, maybe that goes for other groups too. :o
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novablue Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
D'awww, he/she is adorable! Not sure if I'd say that if I met him/her in RL though, would probably be too busy running away hehe :D
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Yes, running away would be a smart thing. Adorable or not, it's still a pretty big predator. :lol:
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Therosaur Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Определено почиващ.
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
E,и динозаврите вероятно са мързелували от време на време. :)
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Hello again and thank you for this picture and info! I've wondered about what Dryptosaurus was really like for a long time; while your reconstruction might not be perfect seeing as our fossil evidence is still so sparse, it gives one ideas of the possibilities. This is very interesting how you treat the areas with scales and the feathers. I really hope we can get more good fossils of these and other predatory dinosaurs, showing their skin decorations. I find it wonderful that we already know so much ...
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Hello Willem, thank you for the comment and for the kind words. Even though most reconstructions of prehistoric animals are more or less speculative, due to the fragmentary nature of most fossil specimens, I always try to make the animals I draw believable, and as accurate as I can. It's indeed wonderful how much we know, and how much information we can extract from even fragmentary remains just by using knowledge from biology, physiology, ecology and etology. Yes, sometimes I allow myself to add some more speculative aspects in my artworks, but as a whole I'm trying to stay true to the facts. After all that's the main goal of paleoart. :)

The way I depicted integumentary structures (skales, feathers and naked skin) in Dryptosaurus is actually based on almost everything known about these structures in the clade Coelurosauria. The degree of feathers distribution may be not exactly right, we just don't have enough fossil material to claim such thing, but I think what I drew is among the most parsimonious ones.
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Neranella Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Brilliant work. :boogie:
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Neranella Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
:w00t:
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Artist
That's awsome drawing you have.:)
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Thank you! :)
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Artist
Your welcome.
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Durbed Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Woah! so glad that the thread I created inspired this piece :). I was sketching a Baryonyx the other day thinking of the same discussion and the pose was prety friggin similar to this one (though not nearly as good)

This is pretty cool (love the texture) , if anything I think the hand claws and manus of Dryptosaurus are actually pretty massive, while here they are "normal" size.
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Thank you man! :) I'm interested to see your interpretation of a resting Baryonyx. Funny coincedence on the similar concepts though. :lol:

I agree about the manus claws. Originally they were bigger but I couldn't help but thinking they were way to much spinosaurid-like, so I finally changed them. Maybe this was a mistake though.
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ForgottenDemigod Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fascinating. I didn't knew about this dinosaur.

Also, nice drawing.
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Many people don't know about it.

Thanks!
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Tarturus Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To me, it looks like its just resting.
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
That's what I had in mind, though someone may see it as dying or else.
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Alexanderlovegrove Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
The mix of feathers and scales on this is really amazing...it looks so real!
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
I'm glad it worked so well, this was my goal. Thank you for the comment! :)
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very cool! :)
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Thanks! :)
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student General Artist
So awesome, man! One of your best ever.
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