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Sapeornis by MattMart Sapeornis by MattMart
Modified/updated version of the Field Guide entry.
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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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