The marvels of Dinosaur Diversity.
CHIROSTENOTES (with Rahonavis and Stygimoloch).

CHIROSTENOTES

Acrylics and inks on cardboard.

From Extreme Dinosaurs! (the book)
This painting was originally intended for the cover of Extreme Dinosaurs! (Byron Preiss Publications).
It includes a new restoration of Chirostenotes based on Mike Triebold's new, gigantic specimen. Chirostenotes was a caenagnathid relative of oviraptor that surprises for its enormous size (5 meters long! The biggest oviraptorosaur found until now). It had a very high crest and completely toothless beak. The long clawed fingered hands folded like wings, pivoted sideways by the semilunate carpal in the wrist.
Initially I restored it with a shortish tail that finished with a fan of feathers like Caudipteryx.
Far-fetched? If Caudipteryx is now almost unanimously considered an oviraptorosaur and the recently described oviraptorosaur Nomingia had also a short tail with a pygostyle, it does make sense that feather ornamentation ran in the family. Just as you can see in the rest of the Oviraptor pictures in this website! Were the whole oviraptor family flightless dinosaurs?The animals accompanying Chirostenotes are the famous flying dromaeosaur from Madagascar: Rahonavis ostromi and in the background, another of Triebold's discoveries: Initially described as Pachycephalosaurus this wonderful ornithopod most probably was a full-sized Stygimoloch, the long-spiked pachycephalosaur (popularly known as head-butting dinosaurs).

 

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