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Venatosapiens Erectus by Ashere Venatosapiens Erectus by Ashere
Venatosapiens erectus is a species of oligocene dromeosaurid that is known from artifacts and partial fossil remnants. A swift and nomadic creature, the Venatosapiens lived in tribal flocks, had mastered the art of wooden tools and weapons, and had developed a complex language of integrated chirps, snarls, and body language. They had no set territories, but flocks seldom occupied the same area for long amounts of time. War was unknown, as conflict between a flock was settled by a contest between the patriarchs.
The flock was not a tightly knit group, but a loose aggregation of mated pairs and young that moved together for mutual protection. Venatosapiens is not the only species of intelligent maniraptoran; the escarpments to the north of the great plains are home to Avisapiens Saurotheos, a slightly smaller genus that is more at home in the mountain scrub then the grasslands.
For more information on Avisapiens, visit researcher Nemo Ramjet here at [link]

Venatosapiens Erectus design is copyright 2008 Asher Elbein
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Saberrex Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is quite similar to my modern velociraptorine Gorgoraptor. but instead of using spears, Gorgoraptor sharpens branches on trees and also plants stakes into a secluded spot then the pack runs prey into them while attempting to kill the intended victim.
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Ashere Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting--like the bison kills ice age humans used?
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Saberrex Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yes exactly, only it hunts prey from 10 to 200 feet long and allies with another dromaeosaur species called Tyrannoraptor and a Tyrannosaurid called Vastatotyrannus aka V. rex. they share portions of each other's kills in exchange for protecting each other's young and old. (Vastatotyrannus and Gorgoraptor are both in my gallery if you want to have a look.)
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JD-man Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
"War was unknown, as conflict between a flock was settled by a contest between the patriarchs."

It'd probably make more sense if said contest was btwn the matriarchs, given that hypercarnivorous dinos (like hypercarnivorous birds) probably had reverse sexual dimorphism (See the following quote). Otherwise, cool pic.

BTW, is it safe to assume that they evolved smaller sickle claws, given their mastery of the art of wooden tools & weapons?

Quoting Bakker (See the 2 paragraphs w/highlighted words: [link] ): "Three hours north of our Lakota quarries we have sites from the end of the Cretaceous, sixty-six million years ago, when that most famous of dinosaurs, T. rex, played the top predator role. The great tyrannosaurs are cousins of the raptors, and the tyrannosaur data matrix helps us look into the mind of the raptor. My colleague from the Black Hills Institute, Pete Larson, has discovered a remarkable thing about the gender roles in rex. The biggest, most powerfully muscled specimens are female, as shown by the structure of the bones around the base of the tail.
Female dominance is a powerful piece of evidence that permits us to reconstruct the private lives of Cretaceous predatory dinosaurs. A family structure built around a large female is rare in meat-eating reptiles and mammals today, but it's the rule for one category of predatory species — carnivorous birds. Owls, hawks, and eagles have societies organized around female dominance, and we can think of tyrannosaurs and raptors as giant, ground- running eagles."
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Ashere Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wrote that years back, before I had read the relevant Bakker. I agree--the largest and most fierce of the pack would, had I created them now, be female.

The featherfolk illustration that came later I designed keeping the above in mind. Thanks for your comment.
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JD-man Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
"Thanks for your comment."

You're welcome.
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PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
Is that little ceratopsian prey or a pet?
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Ashere Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It could be either. it certainly looks a bit too terrified to be a pet, but that's just my interpretation.
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PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
Ah okay :D
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Mojeznamkyavatar Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
nice
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