Emily Willoughby

Paleoart and bird illustration

Microraptor Threat Display November 2012

Medium: Photoshop CS4
Time taken: ~2 hours
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This is Microraptor doing a threat display, inspired by this fantastic photo of an eagle-owl.

Many animals, when threatened, will use absolutely everything in their power to make themselves look bigger. There are endless artworks out there of Microraptor using its legwings for the obvious function - to fly or glide - but if trying to make itself look bigger, the little dromaeosaur has an obvious advantage over its two-winged brethren.