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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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:icontrendorman:
Trendorman Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Prrfect for thanksgiving!
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:iconraven-amos:
raven-amos Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
BWAK. GOOBBBBBLLE. :D
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Kaptain-Kefiah Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
not sure about the pennaceous feathers, but still a fascinating theory.
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:iconraven-amos:
raven-amos Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
While I was not completely "serious" about my theories when it came to this painting, I did try to show that only the males have the pennaceous feathers and only during the breeding months. I suppose that really doesn't make much more sense now that I think about it....;)
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Kaptain-Kefiah Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
weird.
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:iconcypselurus:
Cypselurus Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool work! ^^ Is the males' facial patterns based off the Tragopan? :)
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:iconraven-amos:
raven-amos Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yes! Mixed in with a bit of male wild turkey. :) Thank you.
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:iconcypselurus:
Cypselurus Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahh I see! :)

You're welcome! :)
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Yutyrannus Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
Can't wait to see the other tyrannosaurs and their bowers!
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:iconraven-amos:
raven-amos Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
:) Soon. I hope.
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Yutyrannus Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Okay.
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ilTassista Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
hey, very fine! cool
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JonaGold2000 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
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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.
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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. 
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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!
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:icontraheripteryx:
Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This bowerbird-style is amazing!
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:iconraven-amos:
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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Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Maybe something wholly, hairy with lots of protofeathers...

So, that it has some kind of musk-ox-style... This would be plausible! I'm shure, they looked like hairy mammals and not like scaled reptiles! A great example of convergent evolution! Birds are the best example, for fluffy dinosaurs!

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ShoopWoop17 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I simply love this peice. One of my favorite of the all yesterdays contest entries that I have seen. Not just because of the art skill, but there is plenty of that, no just because it shows them as animals. Doing their animal thing. If I were out on a stroll and saw these, I wouldnt think "Holy crap its a monster!!"
Well, ok I would freak out abit for seeing dinosaurs. And that they are big and predatory. But other than that, I would see animals. I also love that you gave em a common name. Great job!
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:iconraven-amos:
raven-amos Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you - on all points. :)
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ShoopWoop17 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, it turned out EPIC!
And the concept behind it is even more awesome :)
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:iconraven-amos:
raven-amos Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the kind words! I ran out of time to do everything I wanted to include for the contest, but I don't think I'll be able to put this idea to bed so easily I'm definitely considering doing similar paintings for the major North American tyrannosaur species.
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't wait to see the other bowertyrants ;)
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MaxterandKiwiKing Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see you fixed the "melting face" look.
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:iconraven-amos:
raven-amos Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hahah! Yeah, I totally see it when I look back at different versions. :D No, no melty face...this time. ;)
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
This was well worth the wait. :) Absolutely beautiful. Is there a version of this somewhere that's viewable without the watermark?
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raven-amos Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Just uploaded on the Caw Box:

[link]
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:iconiltassista:
ilTassista Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
really a wonderful pic!
(except the watermark)
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:iconraven-amos:
raven-amos Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
[link]

:) Just uploaded it to my blog.
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i know where the blue/red head/neck comes from :D
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:iconraven-amos:
raven-amos Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's an awesome combo - I couldn't help myself.
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i don't blame ya :D
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is probably the most awesome depiction of feathered tyrannosaurs I've seen yet.
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:iconraven-amos:
raven-amos Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you - all the pain seems worth it now. :D That last push to get it done was a killer.
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racer89 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
looks good
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:iconraven-amos:
raven-amos Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks, friend :)
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babbletrish Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hooooooly crap... Amazing!
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:iconraven-amos:
raven-amos Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
<3 Thank you
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:iconthe-episiarch:
The-Episiarch Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Wow, that turned out *amazingly* well :D
Awesome work Raven!
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:iconraven-amos:
raven-amos Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you - I may not have been able to work in the other sketches and ideas I had, but I think I'll be revisiting this idea in the future and working out the other species of bowertyrants. :)
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The-Episiarch Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
I'm really looking forward to those - especially the one with all the ceratopsian skulls ;)
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:iconraven-amos:
raven-amos Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
I uploaded an actual scanned version to my blog just now :)
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:icondinobirdman:
DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student Artist
Wow!!!:wow: That didn't seen it coming!:)
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:icontomozaurus:
Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Coming along very nicely!
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:iconraven-amos:
raven-amos Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! *collapses*
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Nice!
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:iconraven-amos:
raven-amos Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks...feels better now that it is "done".
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