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Tiaojishan Tiny Terror-Tianyulong by Franz-Josef73 Tiaojishan Tiny Terror-Tianyulong by Franz-Josef73
In a late Jurassic Forest of what would become China, 159 million years ago, a pair of small, bristly ornithischians kick and jump at each other among the horsetails during the mating season. While small and cute, Tianyulong had large canine fangs like other heterodontosaurs and powerful, clawed feet that it could use to deliver a painful or even dangerous kick. Related to North America's Fruitadens and South Africa's Heterodontosaurus, these small, bristly dinosaurs were probably a lot more common and widely dispersed than is currently believed. Then again, maybe not. Thanks for looking!
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Dinofuzz Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant dynamic poses!
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Very nice sketch! But I think there's a typo, unless the Jurassic was in the 19th century.
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Franz-Josef73 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha! Thanks man. Fixed it!
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Student Artist
That super quick hereodontosaurs!
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Franz-Josef73 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You bet.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Great poses!
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Franz-Josef73 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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pilsator Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is one of my favorites among your "scene" drawings. Small ornithischians are underillustrated, and your depiction of these two gives them a very special air of agility.

Plus, Tianyulong. That alone is enough.
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Franz-Josef73 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha! Thanks very much. I'm happy you like it and I agree, small ornithischians in general are overlooked. But I think they were probably very interesting little buggers. And not the docile, peaceful "sheep" they're usually imagined to be. Little herbivores can be quite nasty!
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pilsator Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, it does have shades of that fighting Othnielosaurus thing Scott Hartman did back in the day now that I look at it. Come to think of it, the only specific grade/clade less illustrated in fighting scenes would be hadrosaur(o)ids :/
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