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Don't Make A Habit Out Of This by yoult Don't Make A Habit Out Of This by yoult
My contest entry for Hell Creek's contest "Year of the Dragon".

In this scene some hatchlings of the Crowned Dragon of the Five Colours have a quite hard start in the life by Down's Hidden Dragon, who digged out their "tumulus" to enjoy some egg n' bacon.

For all who don't got it: The featured species are Guanlong wucaii and Yinlong downsi.
As far as I know mound nests aren't confirmed for Dinosaurs (particularly Tyrannosauroids), so this is just speculative, but Crocodiles and some birds today use that method to incubate their offspring, so it's not overspeculated in my opinion.
Off all things the early Ceratopsian eating the Tyrannosauroid chicks is an interesting speculation also. Everyone who grew up with Dinosaurs know about the deadly conflict between Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops, but has someone thought about who started this feud? :D
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Interesting. I've also wondered who started the famous duel between Velociraptor and Protoceratops. Was the raptor protecting it's offspring or vice versa?
ChrisMasna Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
I love how it seems to be looking at the camera and saying "wtf r u looking?"
I would really like to see it coloured, too. :D
yoult Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm open for collaborating if you mind. ;)
ChrisMasna Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Sure! I'd love to. At the moment I'm doing a Puertasaurus with Nima, when I finish I'll start this.
I-JA Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
Sieht sehr gut aus!
pilsator Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sinande Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
This is pure gold. Better kill them in the nest before they get big enough to eat *you*! :D

Was Yinlong really this stocky? There doesn't seem to be a skeletal in existence, and I've been wondering what the best proxy would be for its general shape.
yoult Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you my friend. :)
I though wonder if Yinlong is aware of his doing.
Yinlong was indeed a quite stocky Drag... erm Dinosaur. :D
Here you can look the Holotype-Skeleton: [link] (note the short tail)
It looks quite psittacosaurian actually, which is a further prove that Psittacosaurs retained a very basal condition for such late Ceratopsia.
Sinande Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
Yeah, I looked at all the figures in the description, but my brain unfortunately doesn't do piles of broken bones :oops: There's a reason I'm so desperate for skeletals :D

I was thinking something like Archaeoceratops - which does have a skeletal courtesy of *shartman - might do, but then I saw where this thing was phylogenetically and wasn't sure any more...

(By the way, the whole reason I was wondering about Yinlong is that I've wanted to do these exact same animals for the art challenge. In a different way, mind you, I have no intention of ripping you off ;))
yoult Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ha, there is indeed no rippoff! Yours look so awesome in it's expressionism-style. Very well chosen for the contest.
Coincidentally I had something similar in mind, but discarded it because my lack of skill in this kind of style. :)
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