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Torvosaurus gurneyi by MicrocosmicEcology Torvosaurus gurneyi by MicrocosmicEcology

Late afternoon, Kimmeridgian Age, Iberia: The reigning monarch of Late Jurassic Europe, a ten meter Torvosaurus gurneyi wanders from hunting grounds further inland, drawn to the shore by the scent of almost-fresh seafood (an unfortunate ichthyosaur, Ophthalmosaurus), as the nimble pterosaur Scaphognathus soars on storm-fed winds, searching for fish. The massive dinosaurian predator's bones will eventually be buried, fossilized, and, after 150 million years, found by human eyes searching the Lourinhã Formation of modern-day Portugal.

I've made an attempt at digital music to accompany this digital painting, a soundtrack for the image, if you will, and the track can be found at my new Soundcloud page, here:

soundcloud.com/oviraptor-space…


The descriptive paper on the dinosaur and more information from one of the authors, Christophe Hendrickx, can be found at the following:

www.plosone.org/article/info%3…

sites.google.com/site/hendrick…


And check out the great Scott Hartman's updated skeletal reconstruction, here:

www.skeletaldrawing.com/therop…


Torvosaurus gurneyi was named in honor of the incomparable James Gurney, world-renowned paleoartist and creator of Dinotopia, and, personally, a lifelong source of inspiration. Mr. Gurney also has an excellent blog, which can be found at:

gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/


Please do not use or reproduce this image without permission, and thanks for viewing (and listening)!

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:iconoviraptorfan:
OviraptorFan Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Student General Artist
Why did the Torvosaurus die on the beach?is it because of the incoming storm?......
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:iconkirkseven:
kirkseven Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015
very nice

I love the pattern you used for the Torvosaurus
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:iconmicrocosmicecology:
MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconwdghk:
WDGHK Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The real king of the Jurassic.
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:iconmicrocosmicecology:
MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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:iconhublerdon:
HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks awesome!
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:iconmicrocosmicecology:
MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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equigoyle Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Torvosaurus...his head shape is reminiscent of the Tyrannosaurus. Which family of theropods did he belong to?

Very nice work, by the way. :)
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:iconmicrocosmicecology:
MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I might have inadvertently made it a bit too similar to Tyrannosaurus in this painting. As far as I know, it's currently classified as a Megalosaurid, probably pretty close to Megalosaurus itself.

Here's a good skeletal drawing for Torvosaurus gurneyi - the skull and body both seem kind of uniquely long and low to me, which I might not have captured quite right in the painting: www.skeletaldrawing.com/therop…

Thanks for the kind words!
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Dino-drawer Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG! Amazing work! I love it!-^w^-
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:iconmicrocosmicecology:
MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:icondino-drawer:
Dino-drawer Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome, friend.
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Terizinosaurus Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
VERY NICE WORK!:D (Big Grin) 
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:iconmicrocosmicecology:
MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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AnonymousLlama428 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
He's beautiful!
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:iconmicrocosmicecology:
MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconbrandon-bowling:
brandon-bowling Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
Fantastic work!
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:iconmicrocosmicecology:
MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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FluffyPlesiosaur Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
What a great atmosphere. Love the scale-like pattern, very realistic.
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:iconmicrocosmicecology:
MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! It's pretty speculative for now - hopefully someday some skin impression fossils will be found for this dinosaur.
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asari13 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fastfood
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ZeWqt Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A very nice picture! I have a question, as you give it a coat of feathers, why not add feathers on the second finger? I personally do this for my feathered Dinosaur and it looks good. :)
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MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! My rationale was that Torvosaurus is not on the lineage closest to birds - had I been drawing a more-derived dinosaur from the Coelurosaur branch I probably would have added feathers to the second digit. But, because of its position in the phylogeny, and the lack of data about skin covering and feathers in the Megalosauridae, it's fairly speculative at this point as far as I know. I had actually been looking at the new Kulindadromeus fossils for some clues about what feathers in a less-derived feathered theropod might look like. As far as I can tell, Kulindadromeus didn't have feathers on its second finger. Do you know of any studies about feathers in non-coelurosaur theropods? I could be totally wrong.
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ZeWqt Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
As, I know, there is no studies about feathers on the non-coelurosaur Dinosaur, so if you want to make a feathered non-coelurosaurian Dinosaur, you can do about anything that you want if it's still plausible (no pennabrachia on an Abelisaurid for example) and it is safe to use the feather repartition of Kulindadromeus on a Megalosaur. But when I want to draw a feathered Theropod, I prefer to add some feathers on the second digit, it's just personnal choice because non-avian Theropod still closer to birds than Kulindadromeus, and it looks nice. :)
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MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fair enough! I'm definitely eager for new fossils that will help fill in some of the gaps in our knowledge about this.
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orange-eyed-serpent Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I love the quills! So unique and realistic. :)
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:iconmicrocosmicecology:
MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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BFG8800GTX Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice scene.
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:iconmicrocosmicecology:
MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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DinoBrian47 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nicely done! I love the coloration of the Torvosaurus and the effect that the storm in the background gives on the painting! :D
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:iconmicrocosmicecology:
MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, glad you like it!
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DinoBrian47 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome! :)
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks good!, James Gurney has dinosaur named after him cool! :)
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:iconmicrocosmicecology:
MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Yes, he definitely deserves that honor.
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:iconasari13:
asari13 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no classic scene
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morbiusx33 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Terrific work!
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:iconmicrocosmicecology:
MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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ForvenN20 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Beautiful :heart:
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:iconmicrocosmicecology:
MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Tarturus Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool scene. ^^
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:iconmicrocosmicecology:
MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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QueenSerenity2012 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
I really like those shaggy filaments on the Torvosaurus. More and more evidence is stacking up in favour of filaments throughout Dinosauria, so seeing some really high quality art like this incorporating it is always appreciated.
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MicrocosmicEcology Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I was a bit nervous about it at first, but that discovery of Kulindadromeus a while back made me feel more confident about the decision - even if Sciurumimus turns out not to be a Megalosaurid, the fact that fuzzy Ornithischians are turning up makes me more confident about the decision to portray Torvosaurus like this.
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QueenSerenity2012 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
I think you made the right decision! :)
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