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Cheetaur color sketch by Osmatar Cheetaur color sketch by Osmatar
A quick color-up job on my old cheetaur sketch, done to stretch my stiff aching photoshop muscles in 2013 roughly at the same time as the Simurgh. My original intention was never to turn it into a full digital painting, but even as an incomplete sketch it felt a bit more incomplete than I would have liked, so I ended up stashing it up until now.

The cheetaur (Tauropanthera velox) is a small fleet-footed priscataurine abelisaur from Specword's Africa and southwestern Asia, the principal predator of jackalopes. 
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Bhurloka12 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
I still don't understand why in the "dinky arms" department, abelisaurs picked the "very dinky" end. It would be pretty hard to lift itself off the ground with those when it trips chasing a hapless victim...
Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
The of course might have only been for display.
TerranArt Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
reminds me of the anime "planet of the dinosaurs"
Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student General Artist
RedRich1917 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Idk if it's my bad vision or not, but does it not have any arms?
Osmatar Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
They are very tiny, reduced to the point of being purely ornamental.
Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Wait I'm pretty sure it should have a larger arms for balancing on fast turns but maybe that's just me. the tail help somewhat but my hypothesis is that's the only reason carnosaurs kept their arms around in any state.
Osmatar Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014   Traditional Artist
You mean carnotaurines? Carnosaurs are basically allosauroids, which had fully functional forelimbs. Carnotaurines on the other hand had clearly vestigial limbs that could be compared to the wings of an emu. In the latter case, yes, I can see your point, they may have been retained as balancing aids. It's hard to say how essential they may have been, though. Moas seem to have lost all vestiges of forelimbs, but they weren't very cursorial...
Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Yeah, I meant carnotaurines.

of course the limbs could have been used as  display structures as well.

IIf this thing wants to make quick turns than it's tail must be a lot more flexible horizontally than in its ancestors.
Osmatar Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014   Traditional Artist
By horizontal flexibility, do you mean the ability to bend it laterally? From what I've understood, for a biped with a long balancing tail, a rapid turn would be more manageable by bringing the mass of the tail (as well as the head) closer to the center of gravity, i.e. bending the tail up dorsally. The cheetaur reflects these changes in that it has a smaller, lighter head on top of a flexible neck, a more compact body and a pose naturally closer to the desired one.
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