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Yi qi by paleosir Yi qi by paleosir
Landing from a long glide from a tree on my A4 paper.

Everyone's favourite ''bat-bird'', ''real dragon'' or something around those lines.
It made huge impact when it was announced, with many people regarding it as a true dragon.
However, it isn't any more dragon than a bat is.
At a size of ~300- 400 grams, and a body covered in bird-like feathers, it would hardly come across as a dragon.
With it's membranous wings, Yi can make short glides and can fall from trees without getting hurt: however, it is far from being an aerial pro.
It runs on the thicker branches in the treetops chasing insects and peeling back treebark to forage for larvae, but it's main food source are Williamsonia cones.
With a drastically prolonged, and controlled, leap Yi qi can jump from branch to branch.
During mating season, males put up a dance battle with brilliant colours as seen in the fossils (red membranes), similar to birds of paradise.

Behaviour based off: Sugar glider, pheasant, bird of paradise, hoatzin


The colours used here are semi-supported by research.
The body was found with eumelanosomes, which make bronwn grey and black colours.
The head also had phaeomelanosomes, which would render it more light brown or yellow-ish.

The wings only had phaeomelanosomes, which could make them reddish.


All these melanosomes were probed from the upside of the animal, so the ventral colours are entirely speculative, and I've made them quite vibrant.
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:iconvalia2305:
Valia2305 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Great job!
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:iconpaleosir:
paleosir Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks
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Valia2305 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
^^
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:iconpcawesomeness:
PCAwesomeness Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017
Awesome job!

Also, yeah; screw calling it a dragon. Ceratosaurus is more of a dragon than Yi is.
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Covelloraptor Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nananananananananananananananana yi qi!!!
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:iconpcawesomeness:
PCAwesomeness Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017
Batbird
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:iconcovelloraptor:
Covelloraptor Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
;)
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:iconwdghk:
WDGHK Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nah definitely more dragon-like than ol`Ceratosaurus , it my have some fancy head adorment, but Yi Qi had dragon wings. 
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PCAwesomeness Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017
What about the large jaws and the armored back?
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:iconpaleosir:
paleosir Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Still, dragons are often said to fly.

I think a dragon would be like a mix of Yi and Ceratosaurus.
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:iconacepredator:
acepredator Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017
Chrysopelea anyone
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:iconpaleosir:
paleosir Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah
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:iconpcawesomeness:
PCAwesomeness Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017
OK.
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RajaHarimau98 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're right, it is hard to compare to Willoughby's Yi qi, but don't let that detract too much from your restoration. I actually prefer your choice of colours, very vibrant yet still within the bounds of reality. :D
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Dinosaurguy10 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017   General Artist
dis looks really good!
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NeverMindTheseDay Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  New Deviant Student General Artist
I enjoyed looking at this! You paid very good attention to detail and the shadow is spot on!
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Glavenychus Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Probably one of the best Yi reconstructions ever made! The coloration, shading, and composition alone just make this one stand out to me!
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paleosir Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Exaggerated compliment, but thanks a lot!

I really think Ewilloughby's Yi is much more beautiful, even if the colours are somewhat less accurate.
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Glavenychus Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Exaggerated yes, but not lying with how the colors turn out.

Well yes almost no one can't top off Willoughby's scansoriopteygid, but you're especially are up there with my most favorite Yi restorations off all. 
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TheUnknownPlanet Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
cool
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:iconpaleosir:
paleosir Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks
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Rahonavis70m Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
So they've found the colours of this guy too?
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:iconpaleosir:
paleosir Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Partially.
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:iconrahonavis70m:
Rahonavis70m Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
Still better than nothing!
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AnAlienScientist Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Ziet er zeker orgineel uit. Ik denk alleen dat het bovenaanzicht niet helemaal bij het zijaanzicht klopt.
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paleosir Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dat kan kloppen
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:iconwdghk:
WDGHK Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job. People who think we know everything we need about dinosaurs need to see the Bat-Hawk!  
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paleosir Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed.
Also something to remember is that scansoriopterygids are found in only one formation (Tiaojishan).
Then to think of the sheer ammount of animals that have never been fossilized....there must have been some really strange dinosaurs we will never discover.
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WDGHK Featured By Owner Edited Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, though Yi Qi would have been part of the greatest assembly of Jurassic fauna,both giant and tiny, that we know of.
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paleosir Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, the formation where Yi qi was found, no large animals are known.
The Tiaojishan formation has only preserved tiny animals (with the cat-sized heterodontosaurid Tianyulong being the largest).

That of course, isn't to say no large animals were there, they just haven't been found/preserved.
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WDGHK Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It was contemporary with the Shishugou Formation and Dashanpu Formation which preserved the megafauna of the time, it seems different circumstances for fossilization favored small animals in Tiaojishan and larger ones in the former 2, either way they all roamed Asia at about the same time, roughly 165-158 ma. 
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paleosir Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed that's true, Tiaojishan has a massive preservational bias against large animals.

Though keep in mind that a time span of 8 million years (it ranges from 165 to 153 mya) is not insignificant.
The Dashanpu formation ranges from 167 to 157 mya.
And the Shishugou formation ranges from 169 to 155 mya.

This means that you can't just add up all animals from these formations to one biota.
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WDGHK Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's still a notable overlap of 10 million years between Dashanpu and Shishugou, the only question I have is which of these animals didn't fit within that 167 to 157 mya time span, but then again do to the incompleteness of the fossil record, its not an unresonable speculation that most of them did overlap as one biota at some point if their known fossil are very close in time, which most of the Tiaojishan, Dashanpu and Shishugou fauna is, as far as I know.

Of course if one specific group of animals is aged to like 169-164 mya and another to like 160-155 mya, that's a different story.
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paleosir Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The thing I mean is, animals from the lower Tiaojishan were probably extinct by the upper tiaojishan.
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Kutchicetus-Minimus Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
Amazing detail and perspective! I also love the idea of a colourful underside!
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paleosir Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot!
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Kutchicetus-Minimus Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
No problem!!
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paleosir Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What?
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