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Land Eagle - Utahraptor by Spikeheila Land Eagle - Utahraptor by Spikeheila
Raptors,like the Utahraptor pictured above, were pretty much Land-Eagles, with teeth, claws, and a deadly grip with their feet.
You could say feathered theropods are like chickens, but then you'd be saying that Eagles and cassowaries are just chickens. And that grizzly bears are just mice. Feathered theropods like the Utahraptor have even more weaponry than most mammalian predators today, being able to use their teeth, fore claws, and powerful feet to grab onto and kill prey.

Even the 'turkey sized' Velociraptor is nothing to scoff at, animals that can be dangerous and their size today, include Pit Bulls and Jackals, and no one says they look like rats.

Base skeletal by :iconshartman:
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Austroraptor Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
probably my favorite rendition of this particular species so far, mixes the cool looking aspect of the WWD version with the more accurate look of modern times, i love it!

The thing about Velociraptors however is that they had hollow bones and were already light animals, you could just as easily fight them off successfully with a baseball bat without sustaining injuries, killing/severely injuring one or two would drive them away.

Now Utahraptors however, the monster Dromies that ranged possibly up to thirty feet? Yeah, whine all you want how feathered dinosaurs 'aren't scary', but get back to me when you're running from the killer 'chicken'.

The only reason why people only likely think that feathered dinosaurs aren't 'cool' or look 'stupid' is due to humanity being only familiar with small predatory birds. Our civilization is far to young to remember the extremely distant times of gigantic Raptors from New Zealand, and the few accounts of encounters with the dying Moas are severely appreciated.

I have feeling however that were the likes of the 'Terror Birds' still alive, people would hold a great deal of respect for avian looking creatures, and find Dromies with feathers to be entirely frightening.
(Now, I do know that it's possible that some of the Phorusrhacids to be herbivores, but I find it unlikely that Titanis was a herbivore, considering its extremely stiff and muscular neck.)
Spikeheila Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, exactly. I agree with pretty much all that was said, except for the bit about velociraptors.

Velociraptors were likely as sturdy as any other animal of the same size, like jackals/coyotes. While you can easily kill and fend off a coyote with a bat, one can still severely injure you (And coyotes only have teeth to use as weapons! more or less anyways)
They were around the size of a smaller dog and had hollow bones, coupled with having a high intelligence. This is a bad combination for fighting a human of standard ability with a large, light club of nice springy wood.
Spikeheila Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A human can kill another HUMAN with a bat, from sheer blunt trauma. And we don't have 'hollow' bones. And we're much MUCH larger
Exactly, however, that typically can take a far greater amount of time lest you aim for the back of the head into order to damage or sever the brainstem.

However, a small animal prone to the ground would be ideal for a defensive upward or downward strike which would severely injure or kill it- although all you'd need to do is break a single bone in the leg to disable it permanently.
Wynterhawke07 Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome picture. ^_^ Although you might need to redraw it in the near future: Mr. Hartman is revising the Utahraptor's skeletal model pending an as-of-yet unreleased paper.
Spikeheila Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm aware
This is my faworite art!
Spikeheila Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you
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