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A fluffy... What? by Hyrotrioskjan A fluffy... What? by Hyrotrioskjan
The form of the plumage often don't follow the form of the skull, especially weird display structures are the opposite of form-true and this is not even the strongest example of how the skull of an bird can dissapear under feathers, when you look at this guy: [link] you wouldn't guess that a skull like this lay under it [link]
It's very likely that nonavian dinosaurs, maybe even pterosaurs had similar misleading compositions of integument.
For this picture, again painted with Gouache, I searched for a small theropod with no intelligent, fast or big prey, because those structures would be hinder the hunt of such animals or would ruin it. it must be a food source which you can find everywhere so the animal can take long rests to preen and courtship.
My choise fell finally on the smallest known theropod from North america: Hesperonychus elizabethae, a insect and small mammals hunting dromaeosaur from Canada. It's next relatives are the microraptors from asia.



Edit: Yes, this is too a part of my "All Yesterdays" series.
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PepperedSoda Featured By Owner 4 days ago   Artist
-stops breathing because of how adorable it is-
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CuteKittyWiddy Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
xD It's so cute!
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks =D
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CuteKittyWiddy Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
No problem
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Helixdude Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This's actually a very original reconstruction! Very good use of the imagination i say. 
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Lycanamu Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Student General Artist
This is just hella cute.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks =D
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JonaGold2000 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks cute! :P
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks =)
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Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
cannary:" Chirpchirpchirpchirp'
Crow: 'Kaw...kaw..kaw..."
This thing: "hmmpf...hmmpf...hmmmpf"
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
:rofl:
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Aloodonguy67 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Artist
I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks =D
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Aloodonguy67 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student Artist
You're welcoming !!!!!
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NinjaMonkey38 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually drew a Bambiraptor like this today! Thanks for the idea! Also, when I try to access your userpage, Google Chrome blocks me and says that "Content from www.geekologie.com, a known malware distributor, has been inserted into this web page. Visiting this page now is very likely to infect your computer with malware.". Is this true?
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you =)

I don't know why Google Chrome says that, I have never heard about www.geekologie.com and my own computer had never give me a warning like this.
I have no clue what you should do :worry:
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NinjaMonkey38 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm... thanks for the info, though. At least I now know that it's something to do with my computer.
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NinjaMonkey38 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:itssofluffyplz: I love this pic! :icondragonglompplz:
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you =D
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NinjaMonkey38 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem. :3
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NinjaMonkey38 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I meant :iconitssofluffyplz: and :icondragonglomp:
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Veloxirunner Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
enfluffled.KAWAII
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
=D
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JD-man Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
"For this picture, again painted with Gouache, I searched for a small theropod with no intelligent, fast or big prey, because those structures would be hinder the hunt of such animals or would ruin it. it must be a food source which you can find everywhere so the animal can take long rests to preen and courtship.
My choise fell finally on the smallest known theropod from North america: Hesperonychus elizabethae, a insect and small mammals hunting dromaeosaur from Canada. It's next relatives are the microraptors from asia."

While I like the drawing itself (especially the eye), I somewhat disagree w/the choice of dino based on your reasoning. Specifically, if Hesperonychus was anything like the Asian microraptorines, its prey (Birds, mammals, & lizards) would've been intelligent &/or fast (See the following quote). An alvarezsaurid would probably work better, given how weird-looking extant ant-eating tetrapods are (Anteaters come to mind 1st).

Quoting Burnham ( [link] ): "An alternative hypothesis is that brain size increased because it was hunting complex prey items (Radinsky 1974). This may have included lizards and mammals, which have been found in the gut region of Sinosauropteryx (Chen et al. 1998). Giffin (1990) also shows that Coelurus (3.04), Deinonychus (2.63), and Allosaurus (2.66) all had large SQs (high neural supply), implying manipulative ability. These values are higher than those of even modern birds that are active fliers (for example the SQ of mallard ducks is 2.33)."
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ah, good to hear some critique, indeed my argumentation limps at this point and I must apologize for that.
How you may notice I based this Hesperonychus on the Andean cock-of-the-rock which have a similar menu than small non-avian theropods. Perhaps animals like Albertonykus or Alvarezsaurus would be more fitting for this concept but the concept of the plumage itself was more important for me than the species in which I plug it.
(In addition, if you want you can look at it like a alvarezsaur, the plumage garble every feature which could make a identification easy)
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JD-man Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
"indeed my argumentation limps at this point and I must apologize for that."

No worries. We're all here to learn.

"How you may notice I based this Hesperonychus on the Andean cock-of-the-rock"

I knew it looked familiar, but I couldn't remember what species.

"which have a similar menu than small non-avian theropods."

I wouldn't say that. Based on what I've read about the Andean cock-of-the-rock (which isn't much, but still), it mainly eats fruit, sometimes invertebrates & small vertebrates.

"Perhaps animals like Albertonykus or Alvarezsaurus would be more fitting for this concept but the concept of the plumage itself was more important for me than the species in which I plug it.
(In addition, if you want you can look at it like a alvarezsaur, the plumage garble every feature which could make a identification easy)"

Fair enough.
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novablue Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting and well done, though I don't have much knowledge to brag about I can only agree, hair and feathers and fur and what not certainly does create all sorts of effects... My zebra finches essentially shrink to half size when they have their daily baths lol
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Haha, yes bathing birds are always a intersting picture =)
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ForgottenDemigod Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What is it I don't even.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
it's a small non-avian theropod dinosaur from the cretaceous of north america, normally it's reconstructed this way: [link]
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ForgottenDemigod Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Which side is the face?
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
The snout ends on the right side, when you follow the links in my description, you may will understand.
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ForgottenDemigod Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see now :D .
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Alexamarshall Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
.... o.o
uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh >-<
wie niedlich ist das denn bitte >-< so eins will ich auch >-<
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wenn ich genug Geld hab klon ich dir eins =D
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Alexamarshall Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student General Artist
yaaaays :D
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Very neat. This is the first I've ever heard of Hesperonychus. I think it's cute.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you =)
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really neat! :wow:
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks =)
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Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing, instant fave
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot :lol:
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Capt-Jack-Stifler Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful, wonderfully done !
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks =)
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
great thinking here and you are absolutely right obviously! =)
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot :bow:
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning!
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you =D
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Zimices Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist
I really like this, specially having in account that in many movies or documentaries the human protagonists have an encounter with an prehistoric animal and they doesn't have any problem identified it. Probably in a real time traveling we can't recognise easily many of the prehistoric animals know currently for the science :)
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