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Troodons Tool using dinosaurs by Psithyrus Troodons Tool using dinosaurs by Psithyrus
I haven't submitted much dino art for a while, so I uploaded this depiction of theropod family life that I drew last year; however, I decided to color it this week. The picture portrays a mother troodonid dinosaur removing termites from a mound using a stick, meanwhile her hatchlings eagerly watch with the anticipation of a quick scrumptious snack. The use of a stick prevents soldier termites from attacking the dinosaurs as they chow down on worker nestmates. Since Troodontidae represent perhaps the smartest of cretaceous beasts, I like to believe that some troodons are akin to some clever birds we see today and learned to use tools for finding food.

Hope you like this pic, I experimented a little more with lighting effects.

Enjoy,

Blair
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:iconredvioletpanda:
RedVioletPanda Featured By Owner 2 days ago   Digital Artist
Nice work and it's a cute and interesting scene.
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tokyo-lover2 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
your paleo art is fantastic
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BittyKitty1 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016
I love both of the ideas communicated in this here thingie.

1) TOOL USING TROODON HELL YEAH

2) Dark/black chicks. They would probably be so vulnerable for their first days of life, so the mom would probably tuck them away in dark corners, between roots and under fern fronds - their black plumage would make them perfect for blending into the surrounding shadows! :0

I LOVE ALL OF THIS!!
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Bayowetta Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016
What are the chances that Dinosaurs could have had the intelligence of a crow or raven? Are Troodons believed to be really that smart?
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skyjr Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
nice concept of troodon. It's rare these days to see an art of a Troodon using its intelligence. AND OMG THOSE LIL GUYS!!!!
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shapeshifter29 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015
Aww!
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:iconfunnyfuse1:
funnyfuse1 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Great job!
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:iconterizinosaurus:
Terizinosaurus Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015
IT IS FANTASTIC!!!
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CarmenFoolHeart Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't like this picture. I LOVE IT. I ADORE IT!! I want to cry and jump for this picture.

I LOVED troodons when I was a child. THis picture makes me so happy I could burst!
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:iconacpre:
ACPre Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
Cute <3
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TheMeekWarrior Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this concept. :D Everything looks so detailed and beautiful, from the lighting in the forest in the background to the mother and her adorable chicks. Very nice!
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TheMightySaurus Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah, I love this concept...troodons and termites...who'd a thunk it?!
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Paleohunter05 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
I believe that I've heard somewhere that some species of birds actually provoke soldier termites into attacking them because the fluid that they spray will agitate any mites or other parasites that the birds may have.
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:iconpsithyrus:
Psithyrus Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Cool idea, thanks for the info :):):):):)
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:iconmartyee:
Martyee Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Super image. Great work!
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Ulfsark-the-Elder Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's great, good job my friend!
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charliebrown028 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Awwwww look at the lil' ones!!!!!!! AMAZING WORK!
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:iconkazuma27:
Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Entirely plausible, plus you're a master when it comes to creating cute dinosaurs ;)
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Turok21 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Good works i love dinosaurs and Rators ;)
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:iconpsithyrus:
Psithyrus Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Thanks so much
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Turok21 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
^^
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Bealmeister Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks really nice! I'm digging the colors and textures used and I think the babies are getting some enjoyment out of their mother's efforts.

Excellent job!
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Thanks :)
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DrSaurus Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Great work, the colours looks amazing.
So much detail :D
:+fav:
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:iconpsithyrus:
Psithyrus Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Thanks again Doc :)
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Terraraptor Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
This is so awesome. Your are the only other person I've met who had this same idea as me. I'm actually writing a book about it.

Added to favorites.
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Wow, thanks Ethan,

I look forward to reading your book :)
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:iconterraraptor:
Terraraptor Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Your welcome.

Not sure where you got the name ethan though, you might be mixing me up with someone else.

I'm actually going to be uploading a picture of one of the characters from my book today, if your interested in checking it out. My book won't be published for quite some time, but I'll let you know when it comes out.
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Oopps i,m so sorry, i noticed Ethan on your deviant ID, i sincerely apologize.

I look forward to seeing the pictures. I,m keep an eye out for them

Thanks and all the best,

Blair
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Terraraptor Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
OMG I'M SO SORRY!

I totally missed this in my messages, sorry for taking so long to get back to you.

Yes, your right, my Deviant ID name is Ethan. I forgot I don't always use my real name online.
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ScarabsCorner Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cute&deadly^^
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Thanks so much :)
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ScarabsCorner Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome
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ScarabsCorner Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so cute
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kmathel94 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist
Very adorable and believeable. Don't even get me started on the colors and background :)
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Thanks so much :)
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kmathel94 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist
...So in your honest opinion do you think this was possible?
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Yandereraptor Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
I love Dinosaurs, and this kind of images are awsome ... Congrats ...
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Hi Jose,

Thanks so much and many welcomes to dA
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SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Love it such cute little chicks. I'm impressed by your imagination using facts. It's quite possible that the troodon was indeed a very intelligent dinosaur, akin to our clever corvids the crows and ravens. So if a raven can use a tool, why not a troodon? Excellent! Also the babies being black, very interesting. The darker color to hide them from predators as they hide in shadows, perhaps?
Such a neat concept! :heart:
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Saberrex Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very creative. what a great way to show Troodon's intelligence.
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DaChief07 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Those chicks are adorable!:love:
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Bakuflint Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Professional Artist
Man I love dinosaurs!!!!!!!!!!
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Sombraluz-Images Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
That is adorable! All those little black fluffy chicks!
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Harris2300 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
There might not be any fossil evidence, as far as I know, that Troodontids ever used tools although it's still possible that they had the mental capacity to do so. But still, it's a great concept for a family drawing. :)
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Zombiesatemyyoghurt Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm always fascinated by raptors and this is a fantastic pic man :D
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Frank-Lode Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
This is a coooooool picture!!:)
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Pyroraptor42 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
haha! cute faces!
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Gobba42 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Student Writer
Thems so cute!
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raven-amos Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
I love how expectant the little ones look....amazing!
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