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A Feathered Tyrant, Not a Feathered Despot by pilsator A Feathered Tyrant, Not a Feathered Despot by pilsator
The head of a subadult Yutyrannus huali, a moderately derived, really big, and _protofeathered_ tyrannosauroid.

Most who would come across this piece would know this anyway. As I said, the skull I used as a reference is that of the young ELDM V1001, so adults would have probably looked somewhat different. To put it as easy as possible, this thing is to the type what AMNH 5664 or TMP 91.36.500 are to the Gorgosaurus libratus type, and we would probably see some serious increase in depth, and, perhaps, binocular vision on its way toward adulthood. ZCDM 5000 and 5001 hint in this direction - alongside with shorter hind limb elements -, but are too fragmentary for me to comfortably draw them.

The bloaty thing adjacent to the nasal crest is some weird inflateable air sac stuff based on the number of holes and recesses in this area - I don't know if this is even possible, so let me know. Protofeather melanosome stuff is on the way, so once in the future, some of its colors will be revealed.

Reference is the original interpretative drawing, plus some de-crushing similar to the suggestions made by Scott Hartman.

//Edit: It's well possible I totally overdid the jugal boss, but as the more obliquely crushed skulls of ZCDM 5000 and 5001 are not depicted in any detail, it's hard to nail down the lateral extent of this thing.
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YEEEHEEEEWW!
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Terizinosaurus Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
IT IS FANTASTIC!!!:) (Smile) 
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pilsator Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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thomcomstock Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Handsome fellow.
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pilsator Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thought so :D
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ChrisMasna Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
crap! you make it look sooooo good!
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pilsator Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks a bunch :D
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Agathaumas Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
"Protofeather melanosome stuff is on the way, so once in the future, some of its colors will be revealed."
who would have thought that all these "impossible things" would one day come true?
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pilsator Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, it's the Duke Nukem Forever of dinosaur paleontology.
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Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful rendition. Also love the idea of an inflateable air sac instead of a keratinous crest like in my restoration. Man, this nis gorgeous :) .
By the way, are they doing the melanosome colour study even on Yutyrannus? Really? Didn't know about that. Well, that's just made me even more curious about this theropod. We'll see in the future...
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pilsator Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Xu et al. mentioned that a melanosome study is on the way, as well as a detailed monograph (which will probably take some years).
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Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh man, that's a good news. It will take a lot of time, but it will be totally worth it.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sehr schön geworden, mir gefällt diese Interpretation der der Funde =)
Und hoffen wir mal das uns die Melanosome auch diesemal nicht im Stich lassen...
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pilsator Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
danke dir.
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Durbed Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
Good to see that I´m not the only one who liked the inflatable sac concept. :) Beatiful depiction and markings on the crest, it will be a real pleasure to paint.
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pilsator Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can't wait to see that, dude!
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Best rendition of the air sac/weird crest thing I've seen yet on this critter.
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pilsator Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Coming from you, that means a lot :) Thanks Emily!
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Animaniac888 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Seems like Yutyrannus is on everyone's mind now...

Nice!
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pilsator Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It sure is one evocative critter...
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yoult Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ja ich habs geschafft, erster View, erster Fave und erster Comment!
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pilsator Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
korrekt :D
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