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Utahraptor Project by Hyrotrioskjan Utahraptor Project by Hyrotrioskjan
I remember that I saw years ago a documentary about the dinosaurs of  Utah, in one scene James Kirkland was climbing a cliff to get to some researches who investigated some Utahraptor bones. That got me already excited because I knew how little material of Utahraptor we actually had. 2 years ago I heard again of this find, thanks to Facebook I learned that the few bones turned out to be a 9 ton heavy block mostly made of bone, containing a whole flock of Utahraptors in different ontogenetic stages. I waited eagerly until the block was removed and every little bit I hear and see about it makes me happy. 
Unfortunately money and equipment are lacking to finally bring this bunch of wonderfully weird, and giant dromaeosaurs back to light. That's why they started a Go-Fund-Me campaign, to bring the financial power to the forefront of science where it is deserved. I can't stretch how awesome but frustrating it is to know that there is a huge block full of all the stuff I always wondered about my once favorite dinosaur and that the people who want to uncover these secrets too can't because governmental funding doesn't cover it. 

I recently donated to the campaign and because I'm not able to give much I thought I should at least try to make more people aware of this project.
The two animals you see here are still very speculative, based on a few fragments which are already recovered and the holotype material. I hope this picture will change and sharpen over time, it is just a little glimpse at the possibilities which might lurk within that old quicksand trap.

If you are interested in the progress as well, and have a little bit of spare money I recommend you their site
Utahraptor Project



Edit: On a side note, this is one of my few completely digital works, I felt like I needed to train a little bit more in this field.
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:iconzhombah:
Zhombah Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If only I had money...Waaaah! 
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
:(
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:iconbackocean:
BackOcean Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Absolutely love the tail great work !!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks ^^ 

That was the part which was most difficult
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:iconbackocean:
BackOcean Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Hard work payed off :)
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:iconjoakinmar:
JoakinMar Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017
Hope Kirkland and his temas raise enough money to continue this project. It's really sad that goverments don't support science, forcing people to go into campaigns like these one to get money for their work. I expect things go better and these scientist are capable to continue their incredible work and can share it to all the world.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
I hope so too! 
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:iconfireplume:
Fireplume Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally one not so copy and pasted from raptors!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
Copy and paste?
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:iconfireplume:
Fireplume Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Blatantly copied from various raptor species, lots of lammergeier for example... hahaha
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:iconconstrict0r12:
Constrict0r12 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dude, nice!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks =)
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:iconthewarofthering:
TheWarOfTheRing Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017
Utahraptor is the coolest :D

I so wish I could contribute. The state of science funding in the U.S. just sucks, and I suppose it's only going to get worse now.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks ^^
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:iconthewarofthering:
TheWarOfTheRing Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017
You're welcome
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:iconhublerdon:
HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Sad I can't contribute to this. :(

Didn't they find that their tails are really short? Like, Oviraptorid-level short?
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
I don't think so, Kirkland estimated their length on up to 7 meters (this animal is 6,5 m) and their legs are pretty short...
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:iconhublerdon:
HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah.
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:iconoxalaiaq:
Oxalaiaq Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017
Shame I can't contribute :( 
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
:(
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:iconspeculatimsauru5:
SpeculaTimsauru5 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
it still looks good.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconspeculatimsauru5:
SpeculaTimsauru5 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
ur wel kom
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:iconevodolka:
Evodolka Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
looks awesome :D
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you ^^
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:iconevodolka:
Evodolka Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
your welcome :)
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:iconjonagold2000:
JonaGold2000 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice birbs
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
=D ;)
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:iconluca9108:
Luca9108 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017
Die Utharaptoren sehen großartig aus!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
Danke ^^
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:iconbh1324:
bh1324 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017
Well I guess that explains why the paper was talking so long >.<

I'll try to fund it soon.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
Indeed
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:iconamericanhybrid:
Americanhybrid Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017
thank you so much for donating to the block! Every little bit counts for us to get that block done!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
No problem ^^
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:iconyutyrannus:
Yutyrannus Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work as usual! Did you include the downcurved jaw though? I can't tell for sure
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
They aren't visible behind the lips, but I took them into account.
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:iconflameal15k:
Flameal15k Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017
Cool.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks =D
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:iconflameal15k:
Flameal15k Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017
You're welcome.
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:iconsaberrex:
Saberrex Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I shared it to Facebook. Maybe that will help things along?
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
I hope =)
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:iconmidiaou:
Midiaou Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful stuff!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks ^^
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:icongojimannn:
gojimannn Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017
i wonder what discoveries will come out of this!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
Well they have a whole pack in there, at least we will learn a lot more about the anatomy of Utahraptor and it's ontogeny 
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:icongojimannn:
gojimannn Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017
man, i hope they get the money they need soon
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:icondeinonychusempire:
DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitely keeping an eye on this project!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
=)
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:iconwdghk:
WDGHK Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Real shame, possibly one of best discoveries regarding the raptor dinosaurs but no one wants to finance the unearthing and recovery of those fossils . That just sucks.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Professional General Artist
Well, it's happening, BUT  WAY   TOOOOO   SLOW ;) 
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