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Great Stock Theropods by Tomozaurus Great Stock Theropods by Tomozaurus
So, I've been requested by Eriorguez to create illustrations for the "stock dinosaur" page over at TV Tropes. So be expecting a lot of works similar to this one coming shortly.
It's essentially going to be paleo-accurate counterpart versions to the 'Psuedosaurus' I've been working on.

This is the first, obviously. The two most frequently used stock dinosaurs, the Tyrannosaurus and the "Raptor" represented by Deinonychus and Velociraptor.
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joeabuy1000 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's funny how thinking of an anthropomorphic Tyrannosaur sporting a human hairstyle is much closer to the actual probably integument of Tyrannosaurus than all those TV shows and movies that set it out to be this cool, scaly-looking thing, though some at least have the dignity of admitting they were wrong (Walking with Dinosaurs at least acknowledged the birds are dinosaurs deal in-show, but kept the featherlessness of the coelurosaurs in all their subsequent programs for everyone sans birds up until the panned movie, and gorgosaurus is still noticably featherless). The recent discovery of that patch of tyrannosaur skin, previous evidence pointing to mosaic scales, and Yutyrannus makes me feel justified that Tyrannosaurus and its subtropical kin had both to varying degrees.

Moreover, non-pennaceous feathers kinda look like hair. One can't help but imagine a T. rex with a dodgy toupee or a beard to top everything off, but that's veering into speculative territory, and not in a good way.

We tend to see birds as wimpy, culturally speaking, and the whole "birds are the true heirs of the dinosaurs" and "some dinosaurs definitely had feathers," kinda hit us straight in the mammalian pride. Funnily enough, no one bothered to complain when we started portraying cynodonts with hair, even though the evidence for it is tenuous.
Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks for the comment. All I'll say is I've looked into the supposed patches of tyrannosaurid skin as much as is humanly possible without access to the actual specimens, and all I keep stumbling upon is that the evidence for scales is not particularly compelling. If the impressions show us anything they are bumpy tubercles akin to a rhinoceros or a plucked chicken, not mosaic scales.
joeabuy1000 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Interpretations may have changed on the nature of the BHI 6230 specimen in recent times (it's the one that earlier material suggested had been scales, but upon closer inspection does indicate naked skin as you have described) so until further evidence is presence, I stand corrected. 

A rhino-like T. rex with hairlike protofeathers is still a very scary thing to behold. Anyone who says "feathered dinosaurs aren't scary" ought to see chickens roosting in the dark. Suddenly those bad childhood memories seem somewhat vindicated.
Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student General Artist
Personally I think any 12 meter predator is a very scary thing to behold.
joeabuy1000 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Totally. Unless you ride it as your loyal steed. In which case it might be glorious, assuming that one trained it well enough.
PierreDeLarge Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013

Great that you have given the T-Rex feathers as the evidence is too strong to ignore. And as a rule of thumb, if we do not know whether a Theropod has feathers or not, we always should assume it did have feathers as feathers have been found in almost all Theropod group; in other words, most Theropods are now known (I am sick of saying thought, it is a scientific fact now) to have feathers.

I for one think that feathered Theropods are far more beautiful and fantastic than those silly big lizards that they got depicted as. The truth is that are are fundamentally birdlike, feathered and endothermic, except most cannot fly (other than birds and maybe things like microraptors) and they usually have teeth (except for the likes of birds and ovirirapatorids) rather than a beak. If people saw them they'd think them weird, often massive, birds.

Incidentally they have found a complete specimen of Tyrannosaurid that is almost as big as a T-Rex called a Yutyrannus. It certainly had feathers on at least many parts of its body, and probably completely covered it. With more large Theropods being found with feathers, it is now more likely that T-Rex adults were feathered in at least many regions of the body. 

TheOmnivore Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Y. huali wasn't "almost as large" as T. rex. 1.4 tons with 9-10m length vs 6-7 tons with 12-13m length. Y. huali is the okapi, while T. rex is the well-grown african elephant bull.
novablue Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really, really approve of the fact that the t-rex has a more skin-like structure. Assuming it evolved from ancestors with proto-feathers and lost the due to size or whatever (fair enough, I suppose) I have been wondering if it wouldn't mean they'd have skin rather than scales, I've never heard of an animal that re-evolved scales lol
Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Precisely. Besides, from what I've heard, most of the undescribed skin impressions show naked skin in any case. I've heard it described by a couple of palaeontologists who've seen them as "lacking scales", "like a birds" likened to a plucked chicken, and "like an elephant's hide". So no, it appears it was not a scaly animal.
Wynterhawke07 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Did T.rex have feathers? Dromeosaurs and other maniraptoran theropods did.
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