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The putative Bulgarian ornithomimosaur by T-PEKC The putative Bulgarian ornithomimosaur by T-PEKC

An extremely speculative commissioned reconstruction of the putative Bulgarian ornithomimosaur, a humeral bone fragment of which is described by Mateus et al. (2010)*. Virtually nothing is known about this animal, besides that it is theropod of probably ornithomimosaurian affinities which lived during (probably) the Early Maastricthian on landmass build of continental types of rocks. All this means that the life appearance reconstruction was based on general interpretation of its possible phylogenetic position and environment based on the regional geology, and correlations with the well known Romanian dinosaurian fauna. What an island dwelling ornithomimosaur looked like? Well, in all honesty, I am not sure at all! I looked at another island dwelling theropod that lived in close proximity and around the same time, the famous Balaur bondoc (yes, it is not as close phylogenetically to ornithomimosaurs as one can hope for drawing adequate analogues, but it is still something), for possible ideas of what the general body proportions may have been. The possible phylogenetic position of the Bulgarian dinosaur inside Ornithomimosauria was also considered (pure speculation), as well as the general “primitiveness” of the Romanian fauna of dwarf dinosaurs. Garudimimus and Beishanlong were somewhat of a starting point for some the anatomy details. The resulting speculative depiction is of somewhat basal ornithomimosaur (thus the hallux) with generally stocky appearance – short legs, short and more barrel shaped body in comparison to derived ornithomimosaurs, as well as proportionally large arms. The head is also proportionally bigger compared to that of ornithomimids, while the neck is fairly standard. The presence of feathers is based on the evidence for feathers in the derived ornithomimosaur Ornithomimus (Zelenitsky et al., 2012)** and on the general predictions about feathery integument in coelurosaurian theropods by the EPB method (Extant Phylogenetic Bracketing). Feathery covering is inspired by ratities.


The image is commissioned as part of the paleontology section of the currently under construction Science Center for kids “Muzeiko” ( www.facebook.com/muzeikobulgar… ; www.dnevnik.bg/detski_dnevnik/… ; I am sorry but there is still no official website in English, or even in Bulgarian for that matter), that will open in Sofia (Bulgaria), in summer 2015. The painting will appear on informative poster which will provide kids with information on what this Bulgarian dinosaur probably is, when it lived, as well as where the specimen was found.


Medium: Acrylics on cardboard

Done: February 2014


This image is photo taken by professional photographer , as part of the digitizing process, which was later digitally edited by me on Photoshop CS2. The image that will appear on the poster will be edited and prepared for print by the folks at POSTSTUDIO, Sofia (Bulgaria) poststudio.bg/prototype/index.… .

 Disclaimer:  The artwork is copyrighted by “Muzeiko” and it is shared here with their permission. All rights reserved by “Muzeiko”. The image cannot be reproduced and/or transmitted in any form without written permission from copyright holder.

*Mateus, O., G. J. Dyke, N. Motchurova-Dekova, G. D. Kamenov, P. Ivanov. 2010. The first record of a dinosaur from Bulgaria.- Lethaia, 43, 1, 88-94.

**Zelenitsky, D. K., F. Therrien, G. M. Erickson, C. L. DeBuhr, Y. Kobayashi, D. A. Ebert, F. Hadfield. 2012. Feathered non-avian dinosaur from North America provide insight into wing origins.- Science, 338, 6106, 510-514.
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pilsator Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work. I initially had the impression you went a bit too far in making it look "non-ornithomimid", but when I checked Garudimimus's skull/hindlimb proportions, I saw that you were right and I was wrong.
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Thank you, Pils! Truth to be told, there is always the possibility that I have gone too far in my speculation, especially with how big I depicted the head, but in general I tried to use Garudimimus's and Beishanlong's proportions as template over which to speculate wildly. Not that I like to make paleoart that speculative, but I think it is still better than the eventual generic ornithomimid that a general artist would have depicted on my place.
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pilsator Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not much of a fan of doing too speculative artwork, but I've done a bit and understand the situation. It's really annoying once you've got some fragments, and you're more or less forced to infer stuff that might not even be reasonably inferrable - such as the phylogenetic position, "because all those island dwarves are somewhat basal compared to their mainland contemporaries". I bet this is a bona fide assumption waiting to be smashed by more complete remains - not necessarily in the case of the Bulgarian ostrich-mimic, though. Feels a bit awkward when you're used to doing reconstructions of relatively completely known taxa with far smaller margins of error. So yes, I can feel your pain here ;)
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Malcolmraptor Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I rarely like overly speculative reconstructions, but this particular one is quite amazing. :D
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
Thank you! I am also not a fan of reconstructions THAT speculative, but sometimes we have to work with what's at hand. I would love to see this interpretation rendered inaccurate, if more fossil material from this animal is found one day.
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Haha, in many cases this is absolutely true. I am always trying to put some thought in the speculative parts of my work, so thank you for appreciating my efforts. :)
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Malcolmraptor Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup indeed, but the thing is that many people just do some hocus-pocus when reconstructing taxa know from scarce material instead of, well... doing some research and actually think about it. That's why I like this particular one. :lol:
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Haha, in many cases this is absolutely true. I am always trying to put some thought in the speculative parts of my work, so thank you for appreciating my efforts. :) (Smile)
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Malcolmraptor Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome!
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work, it's interesting how you've adapted him to an island inhabitant :)
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Thanks! :) It was fun to speculate, although at some point I wished there was more material from this animal known to the science.
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :)
Yeah, it's too bad there's only that single fragment of bone.
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vasix Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
and i will call it Meleagrimimus brevirostris based on this reconstruction :)
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Neranella Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
:clap: So amazing how you bring them to "life".
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Thanks you! I am trying the best I can. :)
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Neranella Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
And you succeed !
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student Artist
Is this a new dwarf ornithomimosaur?


Nice work!:)
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Well, it is not new (the bone was described in 2010) and it is not known whether it is dwarf as the Romanian dinosaur or not. It is mostly my speculation.
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Student Artist
Oh, I see.
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Azurehypnock Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist
Nice drawing !
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Thanks!
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Zimices Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist
Nice work, that's phylogenetic inference working :) I like the colors used here.
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Thank you!

Colors may be a bit extreme, but they are supposed to grab the attention and the imagination of kids.
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Zimices Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist
Not only of kids, haha ;)
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student General Artist
So cool.
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Thanks!
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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ZeWqt Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Amazing work on the texture of the skin and the plumage! This Ornithomiosaur makes my Gallimimus picture looking like an intersideral turd! X)
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Thank you! It's a pity that I can't show all the details in this resolution, but there is surely more than can be seen here.

Well, I wouldn't call your work "intersideral turd". Aside some (in my opinion) problems with proportions, your Gallimimus is not bad at all. It is interesting how you've gone for different plumage pattern which is also totally believable.

 
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
The head looks a bit large... but the rest is really cool =D thumbs up for the plumage :thumbsup: 
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Yes, the head is indeed a bit large proportionally (as mentioned in the text). The size was intentional, being part of the whole speculative work. Of course whether the big head makes some sense and is the best approach is entirely different matter. :lol:

Thank you! I am quite fond of how the plumage turned out, but the plumage was taken to the next level for the mural work that includes this same ornithomimosaur. I will upload it soon. :)
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
>(as mentioned in the text)<

Oh, sorry, somehow missed that :blush:

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but the plumage was taken to the next level for the mural work that includes this same ornithomimosaur<

Sounds amazing :lol:
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