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Basal Theropods
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A group for all creatures closer to Passer domesticus than to Triceratops horridus or Saltasaurus loricatus. Birds and their Mesozoic kin: obviously the best dinosaur clade with living representatives.

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Keywords: birds, archaeopteryx, deinonychus, velociraptor, raptors, maniraptors, oviraptor, therizinosaurus, tyrannosaurs, t. rex, coelurosaurs, carnosaurs, allosaurus, spinosaurus, dilophosaurus, theropods, carnivorous dinosaurs
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RexyGal Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for accepting me. rawr 
Dennonyx Oct 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks for accepting me! ^_^
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GhostInThePines Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Why is it that Spinosaurids are rarely depicted to have feathers, when theropod lines that branched off both before and after them often are? What's with the double-standard or discrimination or whatever? What is it about the "croc-jaws" that seems to make so many artists shy away from putting feathers on Spinosaurids when they'll eagerly feather nearly anything else in the theropod lines?
Better question:

Why are so many non-coelurosaurian theropods except Spinosaurids depicted with feathers? Feathers have only been found is coelurosaurs.

And about your question, it's because they think feathers aren't good for semiaquatic lifestyle.
GhostInThePines May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Actually, they've put Sciurumimus in the Megalosauroidea line, and it has proto-feathers. Personally, I think it's a mistake to have it there. Just wishful thinking on the part of the paleotologists who found it - wanting to be the first to find a feathered non-coelurosaurian.

But there are feather types (penguins & auks) that are good for semiaquatic lifestyles. At the same time, though, you have to look at the fact that these bigger beasties would not have had the flexibility to preen all of those feathers properly for an aquatic/semiaquatic lifestyle. Their necks don't have the appropriate vertebrae and their spines are too long between the scapula and the ilium. (Plus any spinosaurid with a "sail" would have additional difficulties in the flexibility realms.)
I think it's some form of mistake as well. Someone placed Sciurumimus as a basal coelurosaur, which makes a lot more sense:


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yoult Nov 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Just curious... were do you have the Archaeopteryx, Anchiornis and Xiaotingia's? Can't find them.
ThitaniumPrince Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Where should I post a troodon? :)
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