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Balaur, double-blade raptor by HodariNundu Balaur, double-blade raptor by HodariNundu
Les presento a Balaur ("dragón", un dromeosaurio descubierto en Transilvania, que tenia no una, sino DOS garras asesinas retráctiles en cada pie. Es decir, es un raptor con CUATRO garras asesinas!
Por si eso no fuera suficientemente extraño, Balaur tenia solo dos dedos funcionales y visibles en cada mano, en vez de tres como es lo usual entre los raptores. Los huesos encontrados indican que era mas robusto y fuerte que otros raptores de su tamaño, y que habria sido capaz de patear con mucha fuerza para clavar sus dobles garras, pero era menos rapido que sus parientes "normales".

And now I present... Balaur ("dragon"), a Transilvanian dromaeosaur that had not one, but TWO retractable killer claws in each foot! That's right; its a raptor with FOUR retractable killing claws!
And just in case that's not weird enough, it had only two functional, visible fingers in each hand, instead of three as usual among raptors.
The bones found also indicate that Balaur was stronger and stockier than other similarly-sized raptors, and could kick with extreme force, using its "double blades" to cause deadly injury; it was, however, probably not as fast as its "normal" relatives.
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strong-1 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015
Did you hear how Balaur apparently wasn't even a raptor at all?
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grisador Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
Your anatomy artworks're simply Too Awesome ! :D


I especially like how you depicted it with the Feathers  Nod 
Most Artist put feathers on Dinosaurs very... ''' Odd ''' .  They make the Dinosaurs look ''Cute, Furry & Walking Girl Plushy Toys''  Yao Ming Meme plz 


I mean Just look how Balaur Depicted
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snugglesthedinosaur Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
UMM WAT Grisador I thought we were cool..
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grisador Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016
What ? I just said some pictures I've seen on Google İmages that make dinosaurs look like toys & maybe some dinosaurs feathered like Ostrich'es; I'm sorry ıf I said anything offensive ^^;
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snugglesthedinosaur Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Oh ok I thought you were saying accurate dinosaurs in general looked like stupid toys.
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grisador Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016
Okay than :)
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015   General Artist
Heh :B I got a lot of criticism for this one. It's just a quick doodle really- and probably looks nothing like the real thing, but yes, I am not a fan of making all dinosaurs fluffy, particularly the ones for which there's no evidence of feathers. Dinos seem to have been really diverse, almost like mammals, so I'm sure there were degrees when it came to their fluffiness. 
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grisador Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015
I kinda assume they say : ''' Add more Fur, make it look like a Real life Living Toy '''   Rage 


İndeed, I agree that Dinosaurs (Still) have and/Or had extreme diversity that Supress'es the Mammalians; I am sure dinosaurs have very diverse Fur/Feather variethy - Less feathers included ! Nod 

I mean they're LOADS of Unfeathered or Lessfeathered Birds (Like Ostrich - The Biggest bird, probably the closest to Dinosaurs)
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PerfectChaos22 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
these guys need to be in Jurassic Park 4
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Raptocheirus Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My hypothesis is just that the fossils may have been mixed, and the fingers wound up near the toes, considering there's an extra toe and a missing finger.
Of course, this idea might be completely off; I don't know what the fossil looked like, or how plausible the other solution is, but this is just the first thing that came to mind.
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FeralStormRaptor Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
My 2 cents on this little "argument" is, Balaur is a Dromaeosaur, we know that for sure. All Dromaeosaurids That I've seen so far have been all carnivorous (insectivorous being a sort of variation).
small Skeletal differences or not, this dinosaur is Not a herbivore. Never has been, And Never will be.

But seriously, this is a great depiction! :D
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paleosir Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It was a herbivorous or omnivorous bird.
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Balaur99Dennonychus Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
This is absolutely my fav dino (and also my fav picture from you)
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Caprisaurus Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Should be classified i the group Deinonychosauria.
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tobi1480 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's terrifying.
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Eliphaleth Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
Un dromeosaurido digno de Transilvania, jaja antes solo lo podia ver en mis sueños! Era casi tan improbable como encontrar fosiles de dinosario con colores! Te quedo fabuloso, de las pocas representaciones artisiticas que hay y que me gusten de esta criatura.
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jennovazombie Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awww! It can kill things twice as fast! And with extra cuteness because it only has two fingers!
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Student Writer
Too bad it turned out to be a "dodo raptor" instead"
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avpvjp Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
There's nothing conclusive either way yet, the skull material is still unknown. (As far as I'm aware, anyway)
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Student Writer
But otherwise evidence seems to be amounting to herbivory. The hallux was barely hyperextensible at all, and it seems that it was used to support the body weight, not as a killing weapon.

Coupled with the generally robust body, it seems more like a therizinosaur like dromeosaur than a regular raptor.
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avpvjp Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
I would still say that the case could, currently, go either way. There's insufficient evidence towards one or the other. What REALLY needs to be found is some cranial material, other wise it either could be an herbivorous raptor, or an oddly robust hunter (which, given the local prey being fairly large, though feasibly manageable, is still fairly likely.)
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Student Writer
Indeed
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PWNZ3R-Dragon Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
As far as i know, theres nothing we have that suggests herbivory. The stocky build could be taken for either theory, the supposedly "therizinosaurish" structure of the hip bones... isnt therizinosaurish at all (the hips look identical to those of carnivorous velociraptorines), and whether or not the 2nd sickle toe was rectractable or not, it still couldnt touch the ground like the dodoraptor hypothesis suggests.

The only thing i dont have an explanation for are the strange hands. My theory is that they were primarily for climbing trees or on its prey. If palaeontologists are right, then its fused palm bones and 2 fingers made it difficult for it to deal with small struggling animals. However, ive found that baby hoatzins have almost identical hand structures, so i think flexible hands were sacrificed for strength for climbing.

If you ask me, it was more than likely still a carnivore.

Nice pic up there BTW. =P
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Student Writer
The stocky built is way too robust for what is normal in a raptor. In addition, the metatarsus is far too short, implying it couldn't even run.

Further more, the hand claws are, for all purposes, useless. They can't be used to climb trees, for they aren't curved at all, and the hand is far too inflexible and weak for that
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PWNZ3R-Dragon Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Thats where youd be wrong my friend.

"Badassraptor"
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"Dodoraptor"
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Curved hand claws, strong arms, a metetarsus thats about the same length in a (hypothetical) similar sized utahraptor. The only thing that i cant answer with certainty is the fusion of the hand bones. So its hands werent weak, and this thing could run. Not fast, but it could run. Hell, theres nothing that cant run. Aside from elephants... or sauropods... Or snakes... Or fish... Or kangaroos... Or a guy who lost his limbs in a car accident.
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Evenape Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Another weird critter of prehistory
nice job Hodari!
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OTKMan1995 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the things just a mutant
A geneticly mutated raptor
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ZombieSaurian Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Student Digital Artist
No it isn't, why would the finger be vistigial, and then give it the declaw mobility, mutations don't work that way.
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PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
But what about the cases of the six-fingered men and whatnot? Maybe the Balaur's case is like that.
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ZombieSaurian Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Student Digital Artist
mutations aren't this precise.
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OTKMan1995 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmm,maybe you're right.
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TeamArtists Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Mark: Hope you draw amphicyon soon!
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GoggleBoy69 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
amazing drawing,i was so surprised when i found out about this,it just didnt seem possible
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Rapator Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
WOO WOO WOO que dino mas raro
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Kawekaweau Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh!!! :O!
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mistica0 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
GUAU MAGNIFICO COMO SIEMPRE XD
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Carcharodontotitan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
It had 4 claws on each foot?
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Carcharodontotitan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Nice!! When did it live and how big was it?
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survivor-127 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Fuckin' a thats one raptor you dont want to meet when its hungry.
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WhiteFireRodan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
I never knew of this guy until just now, and what's most amazing is that it was related to Velociraptor itself. That drawing is total epic pwnage. I think of the JP raptors when I look at its face. The scale and feather detail are amazing, makes me wonder what it'll look like in color.
As for the claws, of course, I suppose the power kick would be a perfect way to use them. From what I've heard, raptor claws were designed more like meat-hooks than sickles, since they don't have edges and are curved to the extent that they can be used as grapples. But meh, most daggers are designed for stabbing you to death rather than slashing, and raptor claws were most likely used in the same way. Combined with the powerful kick that you see in ostriches and other flightless birds (I once read that an ostrich bent a quarter-inch-thick iron bar on its enclosure to a right angle with a single kick), they could still do major damage indeed.
The full species name is Balaur bondoc, for those of you not in the know. And I most certainly do NOT want to run into this guy in a dark alley. :fear:

-WFR
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RickRaptor105 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
A Raptor with double-killer claws is too weird to be made up by someone, so of course this has to be real :lol:
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Chickenzaur Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Cool cool cool!
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Phaedrolous Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Student General Artist
Likely this was an evolutionary attempt by dinosaurs to become hawks.
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bOBsHMINKLE Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man. Your rendition of Balaur pwns mine. This is so going in my favourites.
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010   General Artist
Thanx! :D I noticed your Balaur, you were faster than I was :D
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riotgirlckb Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
THIS IS KOOL AS :D
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DoobyDoo142 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
thats awsome!!
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Grincha Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Professional Filmographer
A LA MADRE!!! YO KIERO UNO!!! :love:
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RestrainedRaptor Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010   Digital Artist
Woah... That's crazy. Anyone would think this is a work of fiction. Can you point to any articles on this?
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Dilong-paradoxus Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
That's pretty darn weird...not one I'd like to meet. :D
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