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Portrait of a huntress by Osmatar Portrait of a huntress by Osmatar
Troodon is dead! Long live Latenivenatrix!

I wanted to try to bring the new robust-jawed giant troodontid... sorry, stenonychosaur to life, and somehow went from a quick sketch to this. My original intention was to make it sort of a wolf-stork, but the end result is more similar to a certain African bird than I intended.

The bare skin on the snout isn't scaly, though it is somewhat keratinized. Instead it is inspired by the gnarly warty appearance of facial skin in some birds which (so I'm told) makes it less vulnerable to injury. It's also possible that the snout could have looked more like the cere of accipitriformes or the skin on anatid bills. Maybe that's a variant I'll try later.

In case anyone's wondering, both the cranium and the postcranium are very fragmentary with the neck missing entirely. Considering the proportions of the mandible, I suspect there might be some Utahraptor-like surprises there waiting for us.
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:iconbraindroppings1:
Braindroppings1 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nicely done :)
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:icongorgosaurus:
Gorgosaurus Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2017
Simply gorgeous, Mette.
Spike.
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you! 
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:iconjacobaryonyx:
JacoBaryonyx Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017
Is that certain bird a.....Shoebill ;)
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017  Professional General Artist
Well, it's not the little bee-eater, is it?
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:icontheprimevalartist:
ThePrimevalArtist Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait what happened
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2017  Professional General Artist
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:icontheprimevalartist:
ThePrimevalArtist Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks
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:icontigon1monster:
Tigon1Monster Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2017
Troodon is still alive.
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2017  Professional General Artist
No, pretty sure it's just as extinct as every other non-avian dinosaur.
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:icontigon1monster:
Tigon1Monster Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2017
It's just dubious.
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:iconatlantis536:
Atlantis536 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know! It's just dubious, like Nanotyrannus or Dracorex.

I'm a believer in them, too!
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:icontigon1monster:
Tigon1Monster Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2017
Okay.
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:iconstolpergeist:
Stolpergeist Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2017
I'm so glad this happened, because I always pronounced Troodon as Troödon and everyone looked at me as if I'm some kind of alien
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2017  Professional General Artist
I could never figure out if you're supposed to pronounce the "ö" in Troödon as an actual "ö". Then I found out most people just spell it as an "o" anyway...
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pilsator Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work, and an instant favorite!

I don't necessarily think the jaw is overly robust as compared to other derived troodontids - the way the dentary is articulated in the skeletal makes it look like that, but short, deep dentaries are pretty par for the course here. I like the texture of the nonfeathered parts a lot.
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Could be that the mandible is wrong. My original version had a less pronounced dentary, but Midiaou convinced me to make the jaw more robust. I don't have access to the original paper so I've had to rely on second hand information.
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:iconpabluratops:
pabluratops Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You are the huntress, dear Mette. Good work
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thnaks!
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:iconjakexkale:
JakeXKale Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017
Eh, I'm sticking with Troodon. It's easier to say than Late Night Hysterics, or however you pronounce it.
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017  Professional General Artist
I have no idea how English-speakers would pronounce it. Fortunately the pronunciation of Latin, Ancient Greek and Finnish are very close to each other so I don't have to worry about it! :D
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:iconzesmollestbirb:
zeSmollestBirb Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  New Deviant
Awesome work! Kind of reminds me of an eagle without a beak
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:icondontknowwhattodraw94:
Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely work! 
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :)
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:icondontknowwhattodraw94:
Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconsneiks:
Sneiks Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Shoebills are awesome, and they don't get enough love.
Just like this lovely dude.
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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:icondinosaurlover83:
Dinosaurlover83 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Student Artist
Rip Troodon.
Nice drawing, though!
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconhublerdon:
HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
So, Troodon is no longer a valid genus?
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
Yeah, the teeth Troodon was based on aren't really diagnostic. So now we get Stenonychosaurus back and Latenivenatrix in addition to that.
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:iconpcawesomeness:
PCAwesomeness Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017
It's dubious now.
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:iconkaprosuchusdragon:
KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017
it just looks like a derpy shoebill....
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
So what you are saying is the shoebill is a non-derpy stenonychosaur? :o
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:iconkaprosuchusdragon:
KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017
ummmm...
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:icon1423ostafrikasaurus:
1423Ostafrikasaurus Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017
So awesome 
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D
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:icon1423ostafrikasaurus:
1423Ostafrikasaurus Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017
Welcome, it's nice to see some other people out there support dinosaurs having feathers 
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
Oh, I've been in that camp since the 80, believe it or not! 
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:icon1423ostafrikasaurus:
1423Ostafrikasaurus Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017
Wow, impressive, most impressive 
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