Dromaeosaurus nest, from the Dino Hunt team!
Dino Hunt is a dinosaur inspired short film, in which a herd of Styracosaurs are hunted by a pack of raptors.
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UPDATE: don’t worry about featherless raptors or pronated hands, take a look at this
“During the Polish-Mongolian paleontological expedition to the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, in 1971, an articulated Velociraptor mongoliensis skeleton was found with hands and feet grasping a Protoceratops andrewsi. Evidence suggests that these two dinosaurs were indeed killed simultaneously, smothered by sand, possibly during a dune collapse. The active predatory nature of Velociraptor is graphically illustrated as it grasps its prey with its forelimbs, while kicking and raking the belly and chest with its hindlimbs. Protoceratops was discovered in a semi-erect stance with the Velociraptor’s right forelimb clutched between its jaws in a desperate fight for survival. Their discovery reveals a snapshot in time, of a life and death struggle, between these ancient adversaries.”
Re-creation of the fossil by Black Hills Institute of Geological Research: “The skeleton casts we used, though more complete, are positioned in poses very similar to those of the original scene”
Illustration by Peter Schouten
Adding archosaurlove’s comment:
“one of my favorite things about microraptor (how do i love thee, let me count the ways) is that this color isn’t speculative. a close look at an extremely well-preserved microraptor fossil in Beijing revealed that traces of pigment-containing cells had been preserved in the feathers, by examining the shape and orientation of them and comparing them with pigment cells in modern bird feathers, researchers could objectively conclude that microraptor’s feathers were a glossy blue-black, like a crow’s.
consequently, illustrators who know this have the opportunity to depict microraptors looking exactly how they really, actually would’ve looked. this is what this animal looked like, at least the one represented by the fossil in Beijing. and that’s incredible to me.”
Deinonychus antirrhopus by Francesco Delrio
Microraptor by Sergey Krasovskiy
Sinornithosaurus by Mick Ellison.
What do you think is the most important part of good palaeoart?
For me it would be believability. Can I picture this animal as a living, breathing animal? Is it natural? Those are the questions that come to mind first.
It’s a hard thing to pull off. I think you have to avoid the conventions and traps of paleo art, because you have a lot of people simply copying other people. I also think it helps when the art draws from the natural world, and from the appearance and behaviors of modern animals that may share traits, or live in similar environments. It’s often the subtle small details that work best to convey that sense of reality.
Dead Velociraptor mongoliensis by John Conway