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Microraptor gui by T-PEKC Microraptor gui by T-PEKC
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).

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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 :iconqilong: of Microraptor gui [link].
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zajosvk Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice nice nice ... perfect work, omg
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KittyLove1997 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconsadfaceplz: aww poor baby
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Peregrinestar Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful.
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MoriceMonkey93 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nice. This is another way to draw dinosaurs. I've never seen someone drawing 'toast dinos'!
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Thanks! It's always good to have another way of drawing dinosaurs, isn't it? :)
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MoriceMonkey93 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sooo true! XD
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titanlizard Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
So nice picture, but wheres the third finger from the hands?
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
It's there and it's quite visible if you pay attention to it, connected via tissue and skin to the second finger forming the base to which feathers attach to form wings. This is the condition in birds (2nd and 3rd fingers fused together by soft tissue) and there is no reason to think that deinonychosaurs like Microraptor were different.
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titanlizard Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Oh, now I can see!!! I know that the feathers were connected to the second finger since the Dinosaur Revolution. Sorry I was the blind guy
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Heh, no problems. :) I admit it's a little bit hard to notice if you don't look specifically for it.
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