Cretaceous Asian Dinosauria: Therizinosaurus, Tarbosaurus and Avimimus.
Acrylics and inks on cardboard. Original painting in the collection of Mark Kaplowitz.

 The towering 'zebra stripped' Therizinosaurus from the painting is an enigmatic dinosaur known only from several parts of the skeleton including a powerful 75 cm. core of a hand claw (With a horny sheath, it would have reached a meter in length).  This reconstruction is based on the comparative studies with several Therizinosaur relatives called Segnosaurs and it has been inspired by a recent drawing by Gregory S. Paul. The Segnosaurians were a group of strange theropods with backward facing pubis and ischium and hand-folding mechanisms similar to Dromaeosaurs, but that had beaks and cheeks, were probably herbivorous and had massive guts. Colours and skin patterns are (as in every dinosaur) purely conjectural.
Tarbosaurus is the Asian Tyrannosaurus (virtually the same animal as T. rex although it might have been longer and not as stocky).
Avimimus is one of the many bird-like theropods found in Asia in recent times (described by S. Kurzanov) with long powerful legs, short beak and arms that are probably modified wings.
Just for size comparison sake and as a guide while examining the illustration, a human being would have reached just over the knee of the Tarbosaurus!


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