Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sinornithosaurus millenii

Sinornithosaurus is the fifth illustration for the book, also from last summer.

This animal was a feathered dromaeosaurid from the early Cretaceous of China. It is very similar to Velociraptor, though of around half its size, and is known from two fossils, both of which preserve a full covering of feather impressions.

It is perhaps most famous to the general public through the NGMC-91 specimen, a juvenile dubbed "Dave", which is exquisitely preserved.

Oil on canvas, June 2009.

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