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Microraptor and Sinornis (recoloured) by Gogosardina Microraptor and Sinornis (recoloured) by Gogosardina
2011, acrylics, photography & digital

120 million years ago, Early Cretaceous (Aptian), Jiufotang Formation, Liaoning, China

In the branches of a gingko, the 4-winged dromaeosaur Microraptor gui pounces on an enantiornithine bird (Sinornis santensis). Briefly losing balance as it clutches the screeching avian, the dinosaur feels around with it's clawed foot to gain a secure purchase before finishing off it's victim with a bite to the head.

A fossil skeleton of Microraptor was described in 2011 showing the partially arcticulated remains of a tree-dwelling enantiornithine in it's tummy. This not only provided direct evidence of Micro's predatory habits, but was viewed as corroborating the idea of an arboreal lifestyle for this dinosaur.

Artwork originally published in: O'Connor, Jingmai; Zhou, Zhonghe and Xu, Xing Xu. Additional specimen of Microraptor provides unique evidence of dinosaurs preying on birds. PNAS November 21, 2011

UPDATE 29/05/2012: Microraptor is recoloured with modifications to the caudal rectrices based on data provided in: Quanguo Li et al. (2012) Reconstruction of Microraptor and the Evolution of Iridescent Plumage. Science Vol. 335 no. 6073 pp. 1215-1219.
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Vorseth Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dino at the beach! by Vorseth   Hey Mate you inspired me, Check out mine :)
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aspidel Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Among the best restorations of Microraptor I've ever seen. In the 3 top ones anyway IMO.
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:icongogosardina:
Gogosardina Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks... well I had the unfair advantage of having the specimen alongside my desk for almost a whole year.
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aspidel Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, sure... but the specimen is still made of crushed bones and fluff imprints in mudstone (although a beautiful fossil).
But  then, one must flesh it out, bring fluff and feathers, and the life in the eyes, and you did it very well.
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Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
What a bird eat bird world, huh?
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:iconthedinorocker:
thedinorocker Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Love at first sight
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TheARBL Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
This is incredibly realistic! It's very hard to tell where the Microraptor and Sinornis end, and where the photograph background begins.
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Patrikia-Bear Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG. Just what wizardry what even.

IT LOOKS SO REAL. And I know the background is a photo but THE MICRORAPTOR. ASKLDAFL.
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Ebervalius Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible! Sinornis looks very real...
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Gozer-The-Destroyor Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Kitty. :3
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