Thursday, November 17, 2011

Doodle-A-Day 190-193

Kind of dropped the ball on Raptor Week a little bit.  The last four are going up today.  I think that I'm going to try and make up for it tomorrow with a really cool raptor drawing to finish it off... we'll see.

First is Microraptor gui.  This small, Early Cretaceous, Chinese raptor shocked scientists when it was preserved with full feathers on its legs as well as its arms.  This fossil suggests the possibility that birds may have gone through a four wing stage at one point, or at least that some dromaeosaurs did.

Next is Dromaeosaurus albertensis, a Late Cretaceous, North American raptor that, despite being the namesake of the entire group, isn't that frequently brought up.

This is Rahonavis ostromi, an extremely small, very birdlike dromaeosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar.  I have had to take a few liberties in this one as Rahonavis is known from only a few fossil remains, and it's status as a dromaeosaur is debated.

Finally is a Late Cretaceous, North American dromaeosaur: Saurornitholestes langstoni.  Saurornithosaurus is found in the same places as Dromaeosaurus and they would have been contemporaries.  That's kind of neat.

That about wraps it up for Raptor Week, except that I might do one more drawing tomorrow, assuming I am not too lazy.

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