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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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:iconrlivengood:
That's horrifying and wonderful.
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:iconsameerprehistorica:
Nicely done
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:iconfoxanimahurricane:
*grabs dinosaur and wags finger at spider* no no no no no bad spider
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:iconlacithehunter:
A spider eatong baby raptors?Now that is just a bit to scary.
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:iconmatthewonart:
MatthewOnArt Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
as If Dinosaur-eating-Crocodiles wern't Scary Enough, Now Dinosaur-Eating-Spiders?
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:iconeurwentala:
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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MatthewOnArt Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
all I can say is Thank space for Astroids
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smexyfish45 Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the sad thing is ..... there all still around!
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Stargate38 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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