I cannot help but be reminded of ravens when I see this. Those birds are remarkably intelligent, and have occasionally shown tool-using behavior in the wild. Of course, this is far more than just a simple bird, as your title clearly shows. Though now I wonder... Are these "birds" sentient? The carefully selected spear and the knife around the neck certainly imply that...
That cave painting is incredibly striking though. Must have some sort of shamanic value to whoever created it. Oh, and I am only realizing now that they must be pretty big, if they're hunting something that deer-sized.
Just for clarification, while i think that the Dinosauriods are well designed for what they are supposed to be and you do display your tallent while drawing them, i must confess that they are ugly as sin. Don't take this the wrong way, Nemo.
I don't think Nemo is too worried really, considering it shows that he effectively avoided the steriotypical "comfortable and stylish" of most alternate time lines, in a way you effectively could say it was a compliment because it just shows how original the idea is/how creative he is.
I'm glad that you submitted something after your two-month inactivity!
To me, this guy looks like a strange crow, and this is a neat approach to sapient dinosaurs, grabbing things not just with your hands, but with your bill as well. Does this mean that your Avisapiens is obsolete?
Interesting, I would like to see more soon. It's rare to find sone of what dinosaurs or other animals might evolve into if they became intelligent or other ways. So I thought I draw one myself. And I'm still doing more if your interested.
And I may agree with the others, I deoubt the dinosauroids would use spears if they remain using their claws and talons but could be possible.
I think that these claws on legs would be much more deadly weapon than spear carried in beak. I don't think that this creature colud use spear and neck muscles to strike stronger than by claws on legs. It is not bad to attack by spear and finish prey off by claws, but this spear holded in beak would be certainly much bigger disturber during run than spear in human hand. I think this is not good weapon for this species.
Sorry for my english. This text was hard for me to write. I hope it is understandable.
the sharpened stone in the beak is being used to gut the prey not kill it. It killed it using the spear, which would be a good choice as the hands are delicate and are adept at manipulating items not hunting, same with the feet, which are probably good for running
Yes, I suspect, bur on wall picture above it is holding this spear in the beak. Of course spear is better weapon than claws, but not when you hold it in mouth. It would be imposible to use it to hit very strong. Of course except when animal is specialised to use only this kind of tools and hold it in a beak (like Camarhynchus pallidus), but it makes very hard to design new inventions and in fact doesn't need any kind of intelligence.
Pardon my interjection on something months old, but is it a spear? Judging by 's sketches on this, Dinosauroid spears are thrown with the aid of the tail. That could be just a representation of the picture below it.
It's possible that although the neck might not be powerful enough, the strong grip on the spear in the beak, along with a boost of speed by running, may put an effective amount of force behind the spear thrust, creating enough damage to sufficiently wound thge prey.
Ok, but if it would stumble during run it would get extremaly serious head or neck injuries (including backbone breakage). If I were inteligent dinosaur i would prefer to use claws. It would be much more efficient and safer.
I still think the claws look way to delicate to be used as effective hunting tools. and the risks associated with falling are just as likely to occur with a human. Also animals evolving from dromeosaurs are probably much more adept at running and thus less likely to stumble while running than humans.I think we both are going to have to wait until Nemo posts more for this project, explainations with surely come along with them.