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Fabio Pastori Ornitholestes with prey(pterodactyls)
acrylic martin brushes/4 sky ecoline airbrush

Fossil range: Late Jurassic

life restoration of Ornitholestes
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
(unranked): Coelurosauria
Genus: Ornitholestes
Osborn, 1903
O. hermanni Osborn, 1903 (type)
Ornitholestes (meaning "bird robber") was a small theropod dinosaur of the late Jurassic of Western Laurasia (the area that was to become North America). To date, it is known only from a single partial skull and skeleton, found near Como Bluff, Wyoming, in 1900, and described by Henry Fairfield Osborn in 1903.[1] A hand was later attributed to Ornitholestes, although it now appears to belong to Tanycolagreus.[2] The type (and only known) species is O. hermanni. The species name honors the American Museum of Natural History preparator Adam Hermann.
Ornitholestes was roughly 2 meters (6.5 ft) in length.[3] The head of Ornitholestes was relatively small.[4] Nonetheless, the skull was more robust than that of many other small theropods, such as Compsognathus and Coelophysis, and this would have enabled Ornitholestes to deliver a powerful bite.[5]
Gregory S. Paul suggested the presence of a small horn on the snout of Ornitholestes, similar to that of Proceratosaurus.[4] however this has recently been disproved by Carpenter et al., which indicated that the 'crest' was actually a broken nasal bone.[2] Like most other theropods, Ornitholestes had a long tail, presumably used for balance.
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snugglesthedinosaur Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  New Deviant Student General Artist
Your art is gorgeous, but Ornies are way too shrink-wrapped and the wrists are not pronated correctly.
Pachycrocuta Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015
I love this, and the yellow-purple color scheme makes it look like a prog rock album cover, which only makes me love it *more*.
Terizinosaurus Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
FANTASTIC !!! IT IS VERY FANTASTIC!!!I think I've fainted. Nod :) (Smile) :happybounce: 
commieTarbosaurus Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
perfect )))
Dark-Hyena Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Someone's been stealing your work: [link]
PaleoStuff Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
Haha !

I (L) His Look of :Oh my God, I think it was better to not eat this piece ! haha amazing !!
PaleoStuff Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
Haha !

I (L) His Look of :Oh my God, I think it was better to not eat this piece ! haha amazing !!
ThitaniumPrince Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Stupendo! Non so se ne sei al corrente ma una linea di quaderni ha usato questa (come altre) tua immagine per la copertina :)
lyoness86 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009
my 5 year old son loves this! its beautiful
Pakaranisaurido Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009   Traditional Artist
That´s an interesting coloring, very creative! Besides, the enviroment in your paintings is very realistic.
joeyv7 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008
WOW - wonderful, intricate work. Really stunning :heart:
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