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All Yesterdays Contest #2 - Lesser Bowertyrant by raven-amos All Yesterdays Contest #2 - Lesser Bowertyrant by raven-amos
A courting pair of lesser bowertyrants, or Gorgosaurus, with the male displaying his mating colors and feathers, offering his potential mate a Lambeosaurus skull trophy. The bower is an "avenue" type bower, with carefully arranged driftwood logs and scavenged bones on either side of a narrow aisle festooned with stones, bits of wood, and chunks of vertebrae - anything that is white or light in color.

Other bowertyrants, such as the "Greater Bowertyrant", or Tyrannosaurus rex, create their bowers from strategically gnawed trees, adorned with the decapitated heads of triceratops or other prey animals. All species are able to cannibalize the more edible parts of their bowers in times of drought or famine, deriving an extra shot of calcium from the bones therein. Indeed, it is the very reason the male offers the choicest bits to his would-be mate - the extra calcium in the offered bones allows for better egg production and a healthier brood.

*****UPDATE 9/25/2013*****
This painting is featured in the new e-book "All Your Yesterdays" from the fine folk at Irregular Books! Download your free copy today!
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Yutyrannus Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
Can't wait to see the other tyrannosaurs and their bowers!
raven-amos Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
:) Soon. I hope.
Yutyrannus Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
river-Hrossa Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
hey, very fine! cool
JonaGold2000 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist
Cool and yet acurate, I love it! This is one of the things i love about paleontology, THe things you dont know but can make cool yet plausible things  on, sometimes exagerating it too.
raven-amos Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you. I admit I went pretty far on the "exaggeration" - the initial spirit of the "All Your Yesterdays" contest was to be original, yet believable. Apparently this and some other works in the "All Your Yesterdays" book has been the subject of controversy on how much speculation should be "allowed" within paleoart, but I think those arguments, valid as they may be, miss the point of the original contest.
Saberrex Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this behavior might have actually been possible considering the new studies on dinosaur brain structure. 
Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Now the bone crushing jaws make sense!  They were for pulverizing skulls into nice small ivory chips for the nest!
Dinofuzz Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This bowerbird-style is amazing!
raven-amos Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you - someone had mentioned doing a hadrosaur version for the All Yesterdays contest, which I would have really liked to have seen. 
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