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Nest Parasitism by Ashere Nest Parasitism by Ashere
One of these things is not like the other. One of these things does not belong...

This will also be colored when I get a chance. Sorry it's so rough.
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:iconshinreddear:
Intersting (and strangely cute) speculative behavior. I wonder what will becom of the ornithopod chiks when the theropod grows up ! :D Looking forward to the colored version. ;)
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:iconorionide5:
Reminds me of one of Dixon's new dinosaurs, a theropod that mimicked its (adult) ornithopod prey. I haven't even read All Yesterdays yet, but I already have some very speculative ideas I'd like to draw inspired by it.
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Ashere Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Go for it, man. Can't wait to see them. :)
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:iconorionide5:
Just published a rough painting of the first of my ideas: a new feeding method for Tanystropheus. It's not quite a living fishing pole anymore.
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CodyVBurkett Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's funny, I had wondered about nest parasitism in Dinosaurs the other day, and wondering what families might have evolved such concepts.

Course, then I got distracted, but still. It's nice to know I'm not the only one. :-)
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buitreraptor314 Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What a wonderful illustration of a concept I'd never thought of applying to dinosaurs (for some oblivious region). Great job!
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Ashere Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm trying to imagine weird scenarios for dinosaurs. Trying to break myself out of a rut.
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:icongeekspace:
Troodon formosus playing cuckoo to the detriment (and future disembowelment) of its Ordroremus bunkmates?

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Extra points for omnivorous hypsilophodonts, 'cause I honestly hadn't considered that angle 'till now.
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:iconjd-man:
"Troodon formosus playing cuckoo to the detriment (and future disembowelment) of its Ordroremus bunkmates?"

Actually, I think they're generic species. It would't make sense for them to be Troodon & Orodromeus, given the evidence (See the Horner quote).

Quoting Horner ( [link] ): "Data from Egg Mountain and Egg Island now provide extensive evidence to hypothesize the nesting behaviors of Troodon and the paleoecology of its nesting ground. The animals nested in colonies, used used the nesting ground on at least three different occasions, constructed nests with rimmed borders, arranged their eggs in neat, circular clutches, brooded their eggs by direct body contact, and, apparently brought the carcasses of Orodromeus to the nesting area for their hatchlings to feed on. The hatchlings left their respective nests, but may have stayed in the nesting area for a short period of time before following the adults out of the nesting ground."
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:icongeekspace:
Ah, so T. formosus chicks in particular received the sort of initial parental care which contraindicates the cuckoo strategy. Thanks for the excerpt.
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