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Citipati osmolskae by MicrocosmicEcology Citipati osmolskae by MicrocosmicEcology
Late Cretaceous of Mongolia (Djadochta Formation)

I made this illustration for Earth Archives - you can read more about the strange and wonderful dinosaurs of the Gobi Desert there.

The inflatable display structure on the male Citipati is highly speculative, but not outside the realm of possibility. Modern birds like frigatebirds and prairie chickens have similar structures, but evidence for them would be difficult to recover from the fossil record.

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IThinkOfaNameLater Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2016
Nice.
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MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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BrokenStride Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016
It's A Prairie Chicken!  :lmao:  So Cute!  And if the lovely lady's reaction is any indication that must be one sexy throat sack!
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MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Citipati's coloration is inspired by Prairie Chickens while the shape of the throat sack is based a bit more on those of Frigatebirds. It does seem to have caught her attention! :)
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WDGHK Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thats one big chicken.:D (Big Grin)  
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MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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JokerCarnage5 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's beautiful.:)
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MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! That was one of my goals for this piece.
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Tarturus Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like how you've given the male a big flashy throat pouch. Makes sense that just like birds, other dinosaurs would also have a number of species where the males have some really fancy features for showing off with. ^^
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MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Yes, I think dinosaurs could have had some pretty surprising soft-tissue structures that might not leave much evidence in the fossil record. It seems there are some different schools of thought on depicting this kind of thing in paleoart.
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AnonymousLlama428 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
As always, amazing work! They seem to fit into the environment quite well.
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MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I figured I'd try to portray the conflict of selection pressures between display and camouflage.
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ZoPteryx Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work, I love the sexual dimorphism you incorporated! :)
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MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Midiaou Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks just like my Huanansaurus! Great job, especially in the textures
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MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your Huanansaurus looks great! Thanks!
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Midiaou Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw shucks, thanks!
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XStreamChaosOfficial Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Very awesome!
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MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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