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From the North came the Furry Tyrannosaurs by Eurwentala From the North came the Furry Tyrannosaurs by Eurwentala
Yutyrannus huali, the newly described giant feathered tyrannosauroid.

The title is a quote from a comic book story "Flesh" from 1977. Turns out there actually were furry tyrannosaurs in the north after all!

Yutyrannus lived during the Early Cretaceous in what is now China. The Yixian formation, from which the fossils of the new theropod were found, is famous for its beautifully preserved fossils, often with soft tissues such as fur or feathers.

At 9 meters long, Yutyrannus is the largest known dinosaur with feather impressions found so far. Importantly, it shows that even large species could be feathered. There's now one reason less to draw scaly Tyrannosaurus rexes.

The Yixian area at the time was temperate, yearly average temperatures being around 10 C. Freezing temperatures and snowfall during winter wouldn't have been very rare.

It has been suggested that later analyses might show Yutyrannus is actually a carchantodontosaur instead of a tyrannosaur. If it's true, it would be a major new piece of evidence in favor of early origin of feathers, since carchantodontosaurs are much more distant relatives to birds than tyrannosaurs.

We live in interesting times.
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What I think is really amazing about this painting is that you really show where it's habitat was. you can see that it was very cold, because of the snowy background, and the warm air coming from it's nostrils makes it very realistic. The colouration of the dinosaur is very likely, because it lived in a snowy climate and could have used it white colour to camouflage, for an ambush. The way you have drawn Yutyrannus makes it look less like a huge fluffy monster, to a beautifully feathered, kingly creature, much like a lion.

overall, I think you got the colours really good, the crest looks really nice, and I think you put a whole lot of effort into this, great job!
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This is beyond words; it truly captures the grand majestic dynasty of the tyrannosaur line of birds. Not only you have captured the handsome profile that a Yutyrannus huali cock would have been in life (I love how you did the feathers! Makes me want to brush my hand through it), but also a mystical feel to it, as if this is screaming that dragons of China did indeed exist. And I can sense of character to this male, with his eye coxing at us, as if to expect us to pay respect to him as he is the Lord.
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LordOfstamps Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Any fanboy who says "feathered dinos r dumb!111!" needs to see this picture.
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TheMeekWarrior Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the face detail and shape. Awesome. :D
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Thanks! :)
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TheMeekWarrior Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! c:
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JonaGold2000 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist
Winter is comming.
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Pfunkei Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
The title reminded me of the line in You Are Umasou that referred to "the gluttonous long necks from the south". Beautiful painting by the way :)
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angelanovus Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful! :)
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sketcherjak Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Love this! Yes!

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MissUtahraptor Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
I like the colours- grey&blue reminds me of winter, so I can easily imagine this dinosaur walking in the snow, cold wind blowing.... Thumbs Up 
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TheARBL Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
An excellent interpretation of a feathered tyrannosauroid!
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