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The Senmurv was first introduced to the Alphorian public in the Terabiblos, a collection of monsters and beasts from around Gea. In the book it was was called lykornis, or wolf-bird, because it had the head and hind legs of a dog or a wolf, wings of an eagle and tail of a peacock. It was said to be the largest of all birds, but due to its canine body parts it gave birth to live young and nursed them like a mammal.

The first Alphorian expedition to Eibaria came across a large flightless bird that vaguely fit the description, though the canine resemblance was only superficial. It was a far cry from a typical bird as well, with its toothed maw, free clawed fingers in the wings and a long bony tail. In some ways it was less bird-like than the gryphon, that had previously been thought a close relative of birds. Consequently the discovery of the Senmurv lead to the reclassification of gryphomorpha as non-avian.

In most ways Senmurvs are like other birds despite their anatomical peculiarities. They lay eggs, are covered in feathers and lack mammaries or earlobes (the "dog ears" of the Senmurv are just tufts of feathers). Like other predatory birds, Senmurvs have well developed binocular vision which together with the long snout covered in hair-like feathers creates a somewhat canine appearance. Senmurv vocalizations can also sound vaguely like dog barks, though when threatened they will hiss loudly.

The Senmurv is an obligate carnivore and has gained quite a fearsome reputation, even though it is only roughly the size of a human. This probably has more to do with the fierceness that Senmurv parents guard their nest and young than actual predation on humans. The Senmurv is especially dangerous due to the enlargened claw on the second digit of the foot, that can cause fatal wounds with just one well-placed kick. This claw is also Senmurv's primary weapon for finishing its prey.

(A longer, more detailed description is also available here if you are interested.)
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oxpecker Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Traditional Artist
This a beautiful artwork! Very nice illustration.
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Osmatar Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :)
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Fushigi-Okami Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
"Senmurv vocalizations can also sound vaguely like dog barks"

some how this call comes to mind...
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Osmatar Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional General Artist
Maybe not exactly what I had in mind, but I don't object to that. :)
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Narstak Featured By Owner Edited Apr 1, 2017  Student Interface Designer
Why not call it Velocidoggo! Look at this face! :D
PS: love the feather placement. The little ears are also interresting. This looks like a real animal and I would amost bet it could have exist in this form.
Cutest dino ever
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :)
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Narstak Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2017  Student Interface Designer
Keep the good work.
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indigomagpie Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017
That's one of the most aesthetically pleasing dromaeosaurs I've seen.
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :)
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:iconbleskobleska-yandere:
I love this idea :D
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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You're welcome c:
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FredtheDinosaurman Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Student General Artist
Beautiful! I love it! :D
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :)
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AntFingers Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
Lovely take on the old surviving dinosaur trope, very unique!
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks.
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sinusonasus1 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 5, 2017  Student Photographer
How intelligent are they? I'd expect them to be higher than their Cretaceous ancestors, canine-level perhaps?
BTW, this has to be the best speculative Dromaeosaur I've ever seen!
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you. I would say that they are considerably more intelligent than any mesozoic dinosaurs, but I don't know if canid-smart is an overestimate. I feel, though, that our understanding of animal intelligence is still lacking in general, so I'd say they are smart enough to survive in the presence of a varied selection of modern eutherian mammals and leave it at that.
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commander-salamander Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic!
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
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TiarnanDominusAdonai Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Professional General Artist
Brilliant! Shear brilliance! Reminds me of how the Chinese pictured the dragon with more mammalian qualities while still evoking something appropriately dragon-like. Here, you've done the same by giving us a "feathered dinosaur" that manages to have its cake and eat it.

- Take Care, Beannacht De Duit
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you most kindly!
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Zgerken Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
Very nice design!
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks.
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Zgerken Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017
;)
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool!
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks
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