Another entry for "All Your Yesterdays" contest. Nothing crazy speculative here, just an unusual take on the traditional way to reconstruct Microraptor
, the famous four-winged dromaeosaurid from China. Here I depicted an individual who got caught in a wildfire and lost most of the feather coating on it's right side. Having lost two of its wings, it got bound to the ground and acquired cursorial lifestyle. Not that it couldn't climb on trees anymore, just the way back to the ground was not as comfortable as with full set of four wings.
My intention with this drawing is by depicting pathological condition in feathered dinosaur, to show the underlying anatomy (especially the forelimb which forms wing and how feathers atach to it) and how feathers change the basic shape of the non-avian dinosaurs (or birds for that matter).
Xu, X., Z. Zhou, X. Wang, X. Kuang, F. Zhang, X. Du. 2003. Four-winged dinosaur from China.- Nature, 421, 335-340.
Skeletal drawing by Jaime Headden
of Microraptor gui [link]