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Juravenator starki
"Stark's Jura Mountain hunter"
juravenator

Juravenator, originally known by the nickname "Borsti", was a primitive goniopod similar to Sciurumimus. Contrary to expected integument patterns, skin impressions from the tail region show a scaly hide as well as downy feathers, making this creature (probably) more primitive than the origin of full-body feathers in theropods. It lived in Germany (the Jura mountain region, hence its name) during the late Jurassic. I've reconstructed it here with a sparse covering of very primitive, bristly feather-like structures, with a true feather (maybe from the contemporary species Archaeopteryx) blowing by in a gust of wind off the sea.

For more on Juravenator, see the Wikipedia article I helped edit.


Image Details:
Media: Graphite, digital coloring in Adobe Photoshop CS3 using WACOM Graphire 3
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DESCRIPTION
Length: 70cm (2ft)
Weight: 300g (10oz)
Location: Painten Formation, Eichstätt, Germany
Time: Kimmeridgian age, Upper Jurassic (150 Ma)

CLASSIFICATION
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Stem-Aves
Order: Compsognatha?
Family: Compsognathidae?
Genus: Juravenator
Species: J. starki

SYSTEMATICS
Sauropsida
Diapsida
Archosauria
Ornithosuchia
Dinosauria
Theropoda
Coelurosauria?
Compsognathidae?

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