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Microraptors' Flight by Fred5612 Microraptors' Flight by Fred5612
In the forests of late Cretaceus China a Microraptor swoops down from a tree in chase of it's prey, a small Confuciusornis.

Microraptor was a relative of larger Velociraptor and a part of the Dromeosaur family that lived around 120 million years ago. Although lacking the necessary structure for powered flight, cat-sized Microraptor was most probably able to complete glides from one tree to another as it scoured the forest for small prey. It's been theorized that due to the extensive plumage on both the hind and forelimbs, Microraptor (and some of it's relatives) used all four limbs to create a gliding surface. Quite ironically, while the genus of Microraptor will eventually go extinct, the bird in this picture will thrive and continue to exist all the way to the modern world.

This render was made using Vue, Poser and Photoshop CS5
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BlackoutSM Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful piece!
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Paleo-reptiles Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
lovely!
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Fred5612 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Thank you! :) more coming soon
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Wow, accurate and beautiful! Although we know at least one species of Microraptor was shiny blue-black, like a starling.
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Fred5612 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
You are right! I was actually there! When the university of Bristol discovered the coloration of certain dinosaurs due to the melanosomes in their feathers, this was shown at the Uni fair in The Galleries mall in Cabot Circus Shopping Centre. I talked to one of the people who partook in the project and now that you said this, he did tell me somethng about a dinosaur having a blue-black coloration, with all probability it was indeed Microraptor!
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Wow, what luck to have been there! Yes, the blue-black one was Microraptor.
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SpinoRaptorRex303 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student General Artist
that looks amazing! well done!
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Fred5612 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Thank you very much! :D
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Jegi-san Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
bello belloo belloo davvero molto bello!!! anche se a dir vero questo dinosauro non lo conoscevo proprio!^_^ penso sia stato scoperto nell ultimo decennio^^ cmq bellissima raffigurazione^^
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Fred5612 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Il prox che voglio fare e' un Ichtyosauro, quelli che assomigliavano ai delfini, che ne pensi?
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Jegi-san Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
sisi bello!!!! i dinosauri acquatici non vengono mai considerati molto bene che qualcuno li raffiguri ihihi^^ conosci il Majungatholus o Majungasaurus??? un dinosauro davvero affascinante vissuto nel madagascar si pensa sia stato anche cannibale!^^ ma molto particolare era la forma del suo cranio^^
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Fred5612 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Si lo conosco!! Quella testa corta e adornata e' spaventosa hahaha. Assomiglia un po' al carnotauro. Era il piu' grande carnivoro del suo habitat, si pensa che fra i grandi predatori dei casi di cannibalismo non mancavano data l'enorme quantita' di carne che dovevano mangiare per restare in vita...Forse dovrei fare un render che lo raffigura :)
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Jegi-san Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
sisi esatto^^ e sei molto informato sui dinosauri^^ studi paleontologia?
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Fred5612 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Purtroppo no! hahaha, studio criminologia, pero' i dinosauri sono stati un mio interesse sin da quando ero piccolo, mi piace leggere libri e guardare documentari su di loro, e poi c'e' sempre il mitico Jurassic Park! :D
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Jegi-san Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
adoro jurassik park!!XD quest estate esce la versione 3D so gia che sara un fail dato che la pellicola originale non era 3D ma penso ke andro comunque a vederloxDDD ahahhahah non posso perdermi di andare a vedere jurassic park al cinema!XD
bella criminologia!!!^_^ sei un tipo che non si impressiona alloraXD
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Fred5612 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Il 13 Giugno del 2014 esce Jurassic Park 4!!! L'ho atteso per anni hahahha, andrai a vederlo? :D
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Fred5612 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Si! Hai ragione e' stato scoperto molto di recente in Cina! Grazie mille per i complimenti! :)
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Ladymedusa218 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!!!
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Fred5612 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Thank you Ladymedusa! :)
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Ladymedusa218 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very welcome!
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FingersOfChrist Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
What is your view on the theory that birds (I'm thinking about chickens) are actually dinosaurs?
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Fred5612 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Well... I think that dinosaurs definitely played a big role in the evolution of birds. It's pretty safe to assume that according to modern science birds are way closer to dinosaurs than lizards, they had plumage, and many indications of a warm-blood metabolism, I think that some dinosaurs like Archeopteryx and Microraptor are indeed the precursors of birds, and well, chickens.

We've come a long long way since the times when we thuoght dinosaurs were lumbering lizards that dragged their tails along.

Thanks for your interest!
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FingersOfChrist Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Thank you for the interesting response :)
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ilTassista Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
very fine!
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Fred5612 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Thanks!! :D
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GrahamRJ Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
What a great pic
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Fred5612 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Thank you very much!
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Litterboy Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Super foliage work. Great on your birds also.
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Fred5612 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Thank you! :)
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