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Dinosauroid Returns by Osmatar Dinosauroid Returns by Osmatar
Despite being a shabby, quickly-made sketch, my old dinosauroid (Anthroposaurus) and its quickly colored variant have remained popular, year after year. Since it's outdated and has some mistakes that bother me every time I see it, I thought it would be time for an update. Like the previous iterations of this concept, it's intended as a more "realistic" (a relative term in this context) alternative to supposedly Troodon-derived impossibly hyper-humanoid and reptilian dinosauroids, a meme that will hopefully go extinct soon.

Anthropoharpax sapiens is a highly derived originally African cenotroodontid that presently has a near-global distribution. Its earliest known ancestors resembled basal troodontids known from Yixian, but quickly adapted to an increasingly arboreal, probably insectivorous or omnivorous lifestyle. From the Cretaceous the clade is known only from teeth, but a spectacular fossil from the Messel Pit reveals by the Eocene they had reduced wing feathers, perching feet, opposable partially free digit III, possibly even a prehensile tail. Roughly 10 million years ago, in the Late Miocene, the ancestors of the anthropoharpagids moved down from the trees and began to explore the grassland biome. The modern Anthropoharpax evolved as a diurnal opportunistic omnivore, taking advantage of carrion, eating small animals from insect larvae to small mammals, raiding dinosaur nests, digging up tubers, eating berries, fruits, and whatever was available. Its long legs are an adaptation for long-distance endurance walking and maximal visibility in long savanna grass, and the reversed hallux of its arboreal ancestors has been lost.

Despite being highly modified, the hand of Anthropoharpax is less dexterous than our human hands. The second digit has only limited mobility and like in other dinosaurs, the wrist can't pronate. As a result Anthropoharpax often uses its jaws to hold tools instead, especially when precision is required. As a result it has a highly sensitive snout, comparable to our fingertips, and has evolved a special toothles gap in its jaws with specialized reinforced gum tissue for achieving a better grip. 

Anthropoharpax is a sexually dimorphic species, with mature males developing a head of long gleaming black feathers with patterns visible only in the ultraviolet spectrum. The males will engage in bouncy lekking dances to attract the attention of females. While tropical hunter-gatherer populations still sport the ancestral coloration, urban populations living in temperate climates show a great diversity in their plumage color. Even completely white morphs are seen where the diet predominantly consists of farmed plants.
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:icondragonthunders:
Dragonthunders Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Great Dinosauroid, it is good to see the return of this old design with some improvements :)
Im curious about something, they have been able to develop a language? Do they communicate through birds-like sounds?
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :)
They certainly have a complex vocal language. The miniaturization of their arboreal ancestors lead them to abandon infrasound and develop something similar to a syrinx, but I haven't put that much thought into what they sound like exactly. I imagine their arboreal ancestors having tinamou-like calls and their more immediately ancestors sounding a bit like a kookaburras and great hornbills put together but the dinosauroids themselves must have more nuanced and varied repertoire of sounds.
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GotobedJoel Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you should make some weapons or some buildings of these animals homes
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017  Professional General Artist
I'll see if I have time for that in the future.
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GotobedJoel Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok
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Tarturus Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent design. Looks about like what one could expect a sapient troodontid would look like.
I also like how you gave your dinosauroids differences in plumage colour based on sex and on regional variations.
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :) I'm considering making a urban variant just for fun.
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Tarturus Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds interesting.
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:icondinosaurlover83:
Dinosaurlover83 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Student Artist
Noicce dinosapien :p
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks, I guess?
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:icondinosaurlover83:
Dinosaurlover83 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Student Artist
Welcome
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TheDerpasaur Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wanna see that MOUTH to see the gripping stuff
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:iconzhombah:
Zhombah Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it! I want to sit down and have a cup of coffee with one :D (Big Grin) 
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I actually have no idea how Anthropoharpax would react to caffeine. Probably the same as a bird of comparable size?
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Zhombah Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn, I didn't think about that... I guess I'll get decaf.







Or we could get fruit smoothies instead!
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Zgerken Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017
Very, very interesting!!!
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
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:iconzgerken:
Zgerken Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017
No problem! ;) :D
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Dinomaster337 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! 
I happened to create a somewhat similar interpretation of a dinosauroid: dinomaster337.deviantart.com/a…
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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