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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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acepredator Featured By Owner 3 days ago
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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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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acepredator Featured By Owner 3 days ago
and dinosaur-eating frogs. And pterosaurs.
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MatthewOnArt Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
all I can say is Thank space for Astroids
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