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Sapeornis by MattMart Sapeornis by MattMart
Modified/updated version of the Field Guide entry.
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nospacelikespace Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant Professional
Brilliant.
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TheBusinessFish Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's really cool! love the style and feel of this!
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pilsator Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome, Matt.
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ShinRedDear Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Yay for the hind-wings ! :D A really strange critter but depicted in a very realistic way. Great one !
Is the coloration based on its possible life style or any other source ?
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MattMart Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not really. I would suggest these were highly arboreal, possibly canopy dwellers given the big hallux claw, long hands with big manual claws, herbivorous diet. The only morphometric analysis I know of that tested their lifestyle was Bell & Chiappe 2007 which found them to plot among aerial foragers like Buteo, which seems odd for an herbivore but maybe it was soaring around looking for fruit and seeds or something (unless this is an artifact of long, high aspect ratio wings that were used more for gliding long distances). The feathering is based somewhat on birds of prey that forage out in open fields.
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JD-man Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
That sounds very parrot-like.
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ShinRedDear Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Thanks for the explanation. :)
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Your art style is so thought provoking. I really like the coloration of this Sapeornis, looks very natural to me and it's kind of refreshing after all those dark colored deinonychosaurs we get lately.
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of an osprey, great restoration!
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
lovely
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ChocolateStarfire Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your field guide is very nice! Also, interesting color choice. :)
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow, gorgeous. Love the colors and the "long" feathers on the legs look natural and believable. (Surely I can't be the only one a little annoyed at every long feather anywhere on the leg of a paravian or avialan being referred to as a "wing". Pennaceous leg feathers do not a wing make. Just ask hawks, ptarmigans, or any number of thousands of extant birds with long "trousers" that are definitely not using them for anything flight-related.)
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MattMart Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Though at least in this case there are clear feathers on the tarsus (in contrast to the other so-called "hind winged" species in the new paper, like Confuciusornis, which appear to have utterly normal length if not rather short feathers on the tibia only). The very long tibia feathers in this guy combined with the absolutely huge talons are especially hawk-like.
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ChocolateStarfire Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree with you on the whole "Leg feathers do not equal wings" argument! D:
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
GOOD! And you would know better than most! ;)
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ChocolateStarfire Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
=p I should hope so, I stare at these things for so damn long lol
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Green-Mamba Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
comparing it to the sapeornis in the field guide, it seems you've feathered its toes and given it long tail feathers. is this based on new evidence?
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yep, new specimen! [link]
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Green-Mamba Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
interesting. confuciousornis too it seems? a couple others i think as well.
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ChocolateStarfire Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes...[link]
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Student General Artist
Beautiful!
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Student Artist
Nice work.:)
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