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January 5, 2013
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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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Harry-Botter 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
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.
DutchSpaceLover Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Give him a blanket :)
T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
It doesn't need blanket. It got feathers. :XD:
DutchSpaceLover Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Damn! That's right! ;)
MissIp Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
MineCraftBoy551 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
awwwwwwww he looks so cute when he sleeps
TheJiggyMonster Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Draw me like one of your french girls."
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:
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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