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turkeys are attackiiing!!! rapturkeys by nebezial turkeys are attackiiing!!! rapturkeys by nebezial
apparently this is a bit closer to what raptors were like.. yeah... and wasn't that imposing in size neither... just a bunch of knifesized claws and razor sharp teeth... that can still rip you to shreds.... like a wolverine.. on steroids... that you cant escape.....

hm... how is it again that feathered dinosaurs weren't scary again? XD

personally im more than okay with feathered dinos. smaller ones just make sense. nature has a way of utilizing evolution to improve on traits. did they ali have feathers.. no...

do it think a t -rex was feathered... hell no..

why? too big for feathers to serve any purpose
but on a raptor.. as a way of balancing in fast runs, and reducing air current friction... hellyeah, i can see that

btw this is in no way a scientific reconstruction... just a quickie done from memory... navent really drawn any proper dinos since my highschool days.. maybe 1 or 2 pictures in total

oh and just so we avoid unnecessary discussions. i AM A FAN OF FEATHERS ON DINOSAURS!

from an artistic standpoint i can make that stuff work
but do i think all dinosaurs were feathered , no

personally i think coverage varied greatly. i can see males being more feathery as they do have a nice strutting puspose too

ladies love them some colorful feathers, just sayin XD
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SkirmisherDak Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent feathered Raptor :D
This is a very excellent art piece.
dinosaurs are so awesome
ianmsquee Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
Amazing Work! :ahoy:
EvilDeath66X Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
Beautiful work, faves and saves. :) I think I just made this my wallpaper. *looks* yep.
TactileTheDilo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The head looks like it was modeled off of Smaug from The Hobbit series
Imortal-Night Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
notpongkong Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this reminds me a lot of Arvalis work, its really good :)
KyoMibo Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
I consider this an excellent piece of work! And one can easily let imagination fly to other variations of these feathered dinosaurs. I would like just to drop this recent piece of information that has recently come up regarding this topic of feathered dinosaurs:…

The important bit is this:
"The researchers suspect that feathers were a common feature among dinosaurs, particularly smaller ones. They were likely used to insulate the animals, and evolved to aid in flight much later. (...) Of course, it is a bit speculative to assume that every dinosaur could have had feathers, and a great deal of research will be needed to fully explore the prevalence of feathers among dinosaurs."

Looking at the referred scientific paper (…:

"(...) Here we report a new ornithischian dinosaur, Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus, with diverse epidermal appendages, including grouped filaments that we interpret as avianlike feathers."

Hope this will incite the pro-feathered-dino people!
trisdino Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
oh, and in response to T.rex not having feathers because they serve no purpose:

1. They could be vestigial. 

2. Feathers are often used for display

3. Feathers can be used to keep cool
Arthur1acrosaurus Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
this should be in jurassic world!!!
Arthur1acrosaurus Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
best raptor ever
TiarnanDominusAdonai Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Granted so many paleoartists have become over zealous about dinosaurs being feathered I feel like its gone to an extreme extent, like applying fur to every mammal known to man just because some happen to be "clothed". You found the balance. While some species  were certainly quite flamboyant I feel like this is what the faction who are griping against this needs to see: that sleek, dynamic Jurassic Park design done with understanding and practicality instead of just looking like big bird. Well done.

- Take Care, Beannacht De Duit
s0lidsteel Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Finally, considering the awesomeness that is Jurassic Park, we have an ACCURATE representation of a velociraptor
trisdino Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
This is not the least bit scientifically accurate... but dayum, that thing is cool. The feathers made it look much cooler then the classic jp raptors. 
StellaBlue2 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, aren't you a killjoy...
BeadyEyedGirl Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
they look badass 
coldpredator44 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
rise of the turkeys. first its the park then the escape, then thanksgiving day this beast will greet you when you wake up. good morning 
GeotrixQueen Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student General Artist
The argument comparison that all dinos could not have had feathers is like saying not all mammals have hair is moot IMO. All mammals are covered in hair; it's a key indicator of mammalian ancestry and labeling. Sea mammals like whales look naked, but they are covered in micro-bristles to reduce drag. Essentially looking like humans with how arms and legs are relatively bare.

For dinosaurs, they all descend from archosaurs. None are more or less reptilian. They are their own group cut off from reptiles. They shouldn't be labeled lizards just because they look like them. That would be the same as labeling Pterosauria as dinosaurs because they look like them.

Feathers developed in meat eaters, but there may have been parallel adaptations with other species across the Earth. Maybe young duckbills where fluffy to keep warm until old enough to follow migrations? Larger carivores may have had primitive display feathers on extended body areas to show off to females much like ostrich and peacocks do.

In general, making concrete assumptions in science leads to needless arguments and eventual stupidity across the board. It's all "what if". There is no " 100 percent exactly."
Jjcheetah2 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Actually this is anatomically correct of what a velocirapter looked like when the dinosaur was alive. 
GeotrixQueen Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student General Artist
It's not. The hands are posed like a Jurassic Park raptor. If a raptor in reality tried to bend its hands that way, the wrists would have snapped.
Jjcheetah2 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Saurophagus Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can see T. Rex with feathers. I'm fine with ceratopsians having quills. But if science even THINKS about giving sauropods feathers.....
thony1583 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Professional Artist
no words O_o----amazing work!!!
DisturbedDragon2000 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013   Artist
scorpionlover42 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
If the pilgrims had to face turkeys like this, we'd been eating squirrels at Thanksgiving. Besides insulation and streamlining, feathers would give these raptors display features to impress potential mates and intimidate rivals. I really like the motion you gave this dino.
PRUSSlA Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Meerkatmatt2 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
slight critique, there would of been feathers everywhere but the lips, tip of snout and below the ankle, which would be scaled like a bird's leg.
THE-TOLIET-BLOW-UP Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Just try and eat this guy on thanks giving day I dare you.
RaithSands Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks great!
Threvlin Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
People say that raptors aren't as awesome since they figured out that they would have feathers. I have no idea what these people are talking about.
Kanis-Major Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012   General Artist
I honestly believe that these small feathers raptors are most closely related to birds, not reptiles.
The big herbivorous ones, well duh reptilian.
But just look at their stance, their claws, the only difference is that they have a jaw and arms instead of wings.

Absolutely love these raptors, this is a great drawing. Like how the feathers work like a mane.
Anna0909 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
This is gorgeous!! Fav'd! :D
enigmal-insanity Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i think this is just the right amount of feathers ^^ also the color scheme is beautiful :)
Mizu-no-Kage Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
The commentary and title are beautiful. For being from memory this is damn good.
borchi Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
awesome stuff
PrinzeBurnzo Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
O...M....G!!!!! This is amazing!!!!

On the side point...I am also a fan of feathers Dinosaurs :D. I guess they were a way to keep them warm too, and there was actually a couple of flying Raptors!!! :D
Guyverman Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
The Trex probably still had a thin coat of proto feathers.
SameerPrehistorica Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist
Bansheeda Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
there was a type of raptor that was feathered called the Deinonychus. this looks very much similar to them.
superpika293 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
These are the kind of turkeys Chuck Norris hunts... on a daily basis.
sephykoi Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student General Artist
I can definitely see feathered raptors, particularly how you imagine them. The other lolpics of like, feathered dinosaurs as comedy are what I usually see, and disagree with

This? This is awesome and how I picture any feathered dinos too.
*always loved dinos & Jurassic Park as a kid* <3

Thanks for having a legittly badass raptor with feathers. /salute
Nolo84 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wynterhawke07 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Maybe, but the only skin impression available for adult T. rexes show they had mosaic scales in areas where Yutyrannus is known to have had feathers.
Nolo84 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Feathers may absolutely slough off after death and before fossilization, and what is underneath may not have been bare skin.

It's also absolutely possible that T. Rex was feathered in some areas, and scaled in others.

Given that there are well-preserved feathered specimens of theropods even more basal than coelurosaurs, and that a large tyrannosauroid has been found with body-wide integument, quite a bit of evidence will have to come forward before such a statement as "do it think a t -rex was feathered... hell no.." is anything more than wishful thinking on the part of people who can't separate prehistoric animals that actually existed from movie monsters.
Wynterhawke07 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You make a good point, but lack of concrete evidence either way means we can't assume they didn't have at lease some Yutyrannus-like feathers, but we also can't assume that they did. Yutyrannus lived in a colder environment than Tyrannosaurus rex did, and may have needed the feathers for insulation. Just because basal species of Tyrannosaur like Dilong had feathers doesn't necessarily mean that all species of Tyrannosaur had feathers. Larger Tyrannosaur species could have lost the need for them in certain climates, the same way they lost the need for long arms and three functional digits. For a more modern example, primitive birds had talons on their wings and teeth, but you don't see many birds with the former or any with the latter nowadays, barring atavisms. One theory I've heard posited that T. rexes had feathers while they were young and small to act as insulation, but traded them for scales as they got older.

... and anyone who says something with feathers isn't scary hasn't seen what a Titanis or Gastornis looked like.
Nolo84 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Err, by that logic, we can't assume that dinosaurs existed at all, and that what we believe are fossilized remains are actually just stones.

Some interpretation is necessary, and much of paleontology is making "best guesses" that are subject to change.

Right now, our best guess is that nearly all tetanurans (except maybe some very basal forms, and later aberrant forms) had at least some feathery integument. I don't buy the argument that "large dinosaurs did not have feathers". Besides ostriches, moa, and elephant birds having feathers, numerous other large animals have integument, such as guar, giraffes, and some species of rhinoceros.

While no extant terrestrial animals over 3 tonnes have integument, that does not necessarily indicate a hard and fast rule. We don't know enough about the subject to make speculations like that, when the evidence we have of related animals is to the contrary. For instance, it may only be large animals with a low surface area to mass ratio that tend to lose integument. Though being of comparable weight, does a T. rex have a comparable surface area to mass ratio to an elephant? Most likely, no.

As for feathers not being scary... You don't need to go to extinct critters to prove that false. Anyone who's ever seen a grumpy golden eagle can attest otherwise.
Wynterhawke07 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, I guess more evidence is needed, and you're right that a lot of "best guesses" in palaeontology have been proven incorrect. While I may not have seen a "grumpy golden eagle", I saw a harpy eagle make mincemeat out of a rabbit, and that was plenty scary.
Sketchy-raptor Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Freakin' Awesome. You should work on Jurassic Park IV!
DarthSithari Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
You know, I vaguely remember that turkey joke that annoying kid made in Jurassic Park.
formorian5 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
What I think, amateur that I am, is that feathers developed for raptors and other relatively small dinosaurs for insulation. As a reptile, heat is important. If you can absorb heat faster, and hold onto it better, that gives you an advantage over your prey and competition. Aerodynamics and display could also factor in to their development, but insulation makes the most ssense to me. Besides, feathers or no, raptors were fast, clever, efficient, succesful predators and my favorite class of dinosaur. Still no my favorite ancient animal, though.
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