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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.

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:iconkaptain-kefiah:
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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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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:iconkaptain-kefiah:
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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:iconyutyrannus:
Yutyrannus Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Okay.
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river-Hrossa Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
hey, very fine! cool
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