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Naked Anchiornis by Eurwentala Naked Anchiornis by Eurwentala
So I heard some people like their theropods without feathers...

Just kidding. But after the new paper on soft tissue anatomy of Anchiornis huxleyi (www.nature.com/articles/ncomms…) I wanted to reconstruct the poor beast naked, a bit like the chickens and other living dinosaurs in Katrina van Grouw's beautiful book The Unfeathered Bird.

According to the paper (which is open access by the way), Anchiornis had patagia-bearing arms, drumstick-shaped legs and a slender tail. While it had feathers all the way down to its' toes, the toes and ankles also preserve scales - as do the fingers. The critter probably had scales underneath / in between feathers similarly to some modern birds, such as ptarmigans and some owls.
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SpinoSushi Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
The "tubes" on the tail where the large feathers go make me uncomfortable for some reason
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017
This makes me so happy
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TheBattyCrow Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I kinda want to put a sweater on him XD
He reminds me of those poor cats or dogs
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JoakinMar Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017
Better with the feathers. I love the pretty black and white pattern!!!
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Taliesaurus Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AAAHHH MY EYES, THEY BURN!
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Professional General Artist
Roast that fucker up with a marinade and base, haha.
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AntFingers Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017
A prime example of why dinosaurs need feathers! If anyone argues I will personally summon a demon mugger to hunt you down.
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Professional General Artist
Put a sweater on her!
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acepredator Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017
This is how JP theropods would look in reality
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Professional
Pretty much, yes. Now that would be a movie. Raptors taking revenge on the people who plucked them.
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acepredator Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017
Hilarious.
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, but shouldn't the snout, feet and fingers be grey?
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Professional
They are usually depicted grey, but if there's some actual evidence about that (melanosomes in scales?) I haven't heard about that. Quite a few birds have exposed skin and scales that are, say, pink, blue, or greyish green. I modeled this after a picture of a lovebird suffering from Psittacine beak and feather disease. It was pretty much pink all over.
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, okay.
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TheLiquidBoy Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How i'd like to imagine the casting process for Jurassic Park went... 

Lol, amazing detail on the skin for this one!
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Professional
Yeah, dinosaurs today have to fit to such unrealistic beauty standards they need to pluck themselves to be cast as actors.
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
poor thing got plucked in the name of science! XD
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InkGink Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work!
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