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Dinovember - Dakotaraptor by Viergacht Dinovember - Dakotaraptor by Viergacht
So here's the inevitable Dakotaraptor steini, the newly-discribed 18-foot long Late Cretaceous "raptor" from South Dakota. Wanted to paint one before everyone got sick of it! 

I figured most illustrations will show it running and killing, so I'll draw it just sitting around and preening  - this is a male in breeding colors getting ready to shake his moneymaker for the ladies. 
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Professional General Artist
On the snout, you mean? I just thought they looked nice. 
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Animalme Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the color choices and the pose, he's beautiful!
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terrassosaurus77 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
So pretty La la la la 
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Terizinosaurus Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015
fantastic :)
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015
LOVE the color scheme on this one, and such beautifully dimensional modelling on the "wing" feathers especially...They really pop right out atcha!  :omg:
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TodallyNotAmazing Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome, I really like the colors on the feathers. Good job :D
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grisador Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015
Great choice at colors !

Is this color possible for a dinosaur ? I heard they were mostly black & red
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
Well, Microraptors were apparently iridescent, but it's probably a little too intense. I'm just doing this for fun, though, so I went a bit overboard on the colors. 
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grisador Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015
Really ?! I newly heard that; that's very nice to know !
Peasant bird raptors are Much more better than dark raptors :D

Colors are still unic; I think :nod:
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dinu1999 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Practically any color is possible for a dinosaur. Look at birds, they have all kinds of colors.
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grisador Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015
Very true; and correct :nod:

But I meant so far only a few dinosaur species colors could scanned; and they all show color mixtures between red, black & white.
Although I am totally not sure if these colors consist all dinosaur species
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dinu1999 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I also don't think you can conclude the colors of all dinosaur species from a few specimens, especially as birds are dinosaurs too, and they clearly aren't all white/red/black.
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grisador Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015
Oh quite right ! ^^;
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BittyKitty1 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015
Your art + Size of dino = NEW FAVORITE DINOSAUR
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Calibersoul2012 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015
Beautiful, but improbable coloring. Dakotaraptor was built to be a very light weight, stealthy ambush predator. It was essentially the cheetah or leopard in its environment. 
kuscholarworks.ku.edu/bitstrea…
Such bright colors would be counter intuitive to its style of hunting, due to being much easier to detect; a major red-flag to animals it pursues and animals around it in general. 



Plus, dakotaraptor lived with the very sharp eyes of tyrannosaurus. In fact, tyrannosaurus literally had better eye precision than even modern hawks and might have actually possessed the best precise vision ever known. 
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rtQPo…;
Tyrannosaurs might have actually wanted to kill dakotaraptors (if given the chance), because they pose a threat to their very young offspring. This is why modern lions even attack cheetahs, despite the two species generally not being in direct competition for prey. 
www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLL3M5…;

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It is also possible that nanotyrannus was a separate tyrannosaur species that would have likely been in direct (or close enough) competition with dakotaraptor. Nanotyrannus was larger, much more robust, had very powerful jaws and designed to be a pursuit hunter with likely more stamina. Dakotaraptor would need to be able to compete and be less likely to be noticed by nanotyrannus. Otherwise (with such bright colors), it would be dramatically outclassed by nanotyrannus (in terms of hunting success) and in more conflicts with each other, which would certainly lead to injuries. 
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However, it is still in debate on whether it was its own species or simply just a juvenile tyrannosaurus. But even if nanotyrannus was actually a juvenile tyrannosaurus, it would certainly still pose a threat and might have also attacked dakotaraptor in defense if spotted. 
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
Yes, I know all this. Did mention in the artist's comment it's breeding colors, so it wouldn't have been this brilliant all the time . . . or possibly the males defended territory while the females hunted, like lions. 
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Goldham92 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015
wow, quite a beautiful work :clap:
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Koeskull Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! It looks so real. Honestly from the thumbnail I thought it was a fake taxidermy dinosaur (meaning real feather sculpture).
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
Those things are so cool . . . I'm envious of the people with those skills!
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Koeskull Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Me too!
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Saberrex Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll never get sick of this bruiser. It's my new favorite dromaeosaur alongside Velociraptor. I love the colors. very nicely done. However, i think you put the nostrils a little far back on the snout. They'd be a bit further forward according to recent studies.  
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JokerCarnage5 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG! I so love this new Dinosaur:love:
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YutyrannusRex Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Nice! Killer Starling from Hell...Creek, that is!
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