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The Dinosaur Eater by Eurwentala The Dinosaur Eater by Eurwentala
Nephila jurassica, the freshly found fossil orb-weaver spider from the Daohugou Beds of Mongolia dating back aroung 165 million years. Modern golden orb-weaver spiders are big enough to catch small birds and bats and eat them once in a while, though they normally target large insects.

Nephila jurassica was around the same size class as it's modern relatives and certainly big enough to catch and kill an occasional unlucky feathered dinosaur. Here it's shown attacking a young Scansoriopteryx.

A very quickly made reconstruction drawn with markers and colored digitally. I just heard about the find this morning and made this in a couple of hours. I'm not fully satisfied with this, but just consider it a speed painting thing.
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:iconramedlev:
Ramedlev Featured By Owner Edited Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I... I... Cry emote    scared.... "the 2nd"      :nuu: 
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acepredator Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
Spiders still eat theropods today.
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RLivengood Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
That's horrifying and wonderful.
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SameerPrehistorica Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist
Nicely done
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foxanimahurricane Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
*grabs dinosaur and wags finger at spider* no no no no no bad spider
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
Haha. :)
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LacitheHunter Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
A spider eatong baby raptors?Now that is just a bit to scary.
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:iconmatthewonart:
MatthewOnArt Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
as If Dinosaur-eating-Crocodiles wern't Scary Enough, Now Dinosaur-Eating-Spiders?
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
And there were dinosaur-eating mammals, dinosaur-eating snakes and all that. No wonder they learned to fly, when every thing that crawls on land wants to eat them.
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:iconacepredator:
acepredator Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
and dinosaur-eating frogs. And pterosaurs.
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:iconmatthewonart:
MatthewOnArt Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
all I can say is Thank space for Astroids
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smexyfish45 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the sad thing is ..... there all still around!
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Stargate38 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes. 99942 Apophis has a chance of hitting Earth in 2036. It will pass between Earth and the Moon on April 13, 2029.
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smexyfish45 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i was talking about the dinosaurs!
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:iconstargate38:
Stargate38 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry. I thought you were talking about asteroids.
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smexyfish45 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its ok
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
I could totally see this happening, I´ve seen images of spiders killing all kinds of crazy things in the interwebs, including some quite larger snakes and lizzards and birds.
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PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Reminds me of that one spider in that Natural History of Skull Island book
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Eco727 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing. Spiders vs. Dinosaurs.
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
The dinosaur looks kind of happy :)
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Punasiirtyminen Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
Anatomisesti hienosti tehty kokonaisuus, mutta missä on kolmiulotteisuus ja liikkeen tuntu?
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Jaa, se on niissä tunneissa, joita tähän työhön ei ollut aikaa käyttää. :) Kuten tuossa jo totean, tämä on huitaistu kasaan parissa tunnissa, enkä ole itsekään lopputulokseen varsinaisesti tyytyväinen.
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Punasiirtyminen Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Äh, kommentini taisi olla aiottua ankarampi, en itsekään ole minkäänlainen mestari minkäänlaisen fotorealismin parissa. Työmetodisi tuntien hieno piirros, joka tapauksessa.
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Eipä mitään, aivan aiheellista ja asiallista kritiikkiä oli. :)
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riotgirlckb Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
this is really kool, i read about this one on science dailly, same size as the golden orb spiders we have here :D very nice i love the detail well done
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
Poor scansoriopteryx
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:icondeinonychusempire:
DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Why haven't I heard of this new discovery? A prehistoric orb weaver, that is so cool!
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Super gross. :c (Well drawn and interesting too, but definitely super gross.)
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Allantsuki Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome :D
Love spiders, love dinos, SPIDERS AND DINOS KILLIN EACH OTHER? Epicness.
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NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Neat! I love the idea of a dino-eating spider.
I've seen those things out in Florida and they can be pretty big. Never seen one take a bird, but I could imagine it wouldn't be that hard.
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
I saw them in Sri Lanka and Gambia, and they are huge.

In the Gambia, I saw a 10-centimeter agama caught in a Nephila web. Got to rescue it, though the spider was left hungry. :) No chance it could have gotten out of the web on its' own. The webs are scarily strong.
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Nesihonsu Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
In the morning I was searching for this one here and there was none :)
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
Then I'm first. Cool! :)
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aksile11 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Poor Dino 3:
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