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The Drinker by Paleo-King The Drinker by Paleo-King
Mechanical pencil on heavy paper 8x11". Birthday gift for my brother.

An adult Drinker nisti halts after almost crashing into a half-grown brachiosaur. Yeah. half-grown. Like the Felch Quarry Skull individual, only a few million years younger.

Drinker is a small basal ornithopod dinosaur at the very end of the Jurassic period, that was likely among the first flower-eaters, given flowers had just evolved. Other than that, it's a pretty boring-looking animal, like all hypsilophodontids, and was probably fair game on just about every predator's menu.

Drinker was discovered in 1990 by Dr. Bob Bakker, and is (officially) named in honor of American paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope.
The species epithet, nisti, refers to the National Institute of Standards and Technology who funded digs at Como Bluff in the early 1990's. According to Tracy Ford, the species was named "in horror" of NIST, which had funded the dig. I can only imagine this was because Dr. Bakker was probably having to fight for every cent of the promised grant money from NIST, and the government agency probably kept interfering with the dig. At least they didn't try to pull a Sue on this one.

However, those of us in the Paleoart world have an alternative theory about how this otherwise unremarkable (and boringly SMALL!) dinosaur came to get its name. You see, certain dinosaurs get named after unusual (or more often just boring) parts of their bodies, their likely behaviors, or places where they were found, or even people who found them. But Edward Drinker Cope is a pretty bizarre name even at the best of times, so, no offense meant to the Colonel Sanders of paleontology, some of us have put forward the theory that Drinker was actually named for its addiction to alcohol. Yes, seeds and fruits (which were just beginning to evolve in Drinker's day) did ferment, and this little critter was possibly the world's first alcoholic. Yes folks, Drinker really was a drinker. The other plant-eating dinosaurs tried to help him get sober, took away his eggshell mugs and fern coasters and all his favorite pentoxylon tipple... but Drinker had other ways of feeding his habit! He was known to sneak drinks under the table, use old abandoned Brachiosaurus nests to brew cycad ale, store his booze inside old dead termite mounds, and in a final act of desperation, stash the moonshine near Goniopholis mating grounds in the hope that nobody would try to get past a bunch of angry crocs with raging hormones. Of course this is all just 20-millionth-hand hearsay (with pronated hands!), but if it does turn out to be correct, it would be front page news and make us rich. If it doesn't, we can disown the theory and give Jack Horner all the credit. After all, Drinker, Toroceratops, Scavengersaurus rex, and Homo sapiens are all *obviously* ontogenetic stages of gnathostomic fish, and Drinker was *obviously* the wild teenage binge-boozing stage.

What we do know for a fact: Drinker was a small agile beaked biped within the final stages of Wyoming's Late Jurassic Morrison Formation. Dr. Bakker has reported finding the remains of over thirty individuals in what might have been a burrow, though it could have just been a big hole they fell into, or a site where the whole herd got drowned together in a seasonal flood. Maybe they did get wasted on pentoxylon and stumble in, it's still an open question.
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He drunk
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah he's totally cruising for a DUI. Almost had a head-on collision with that brachiosaur!
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He ded
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ForbiddenParadise64 Featured By Owner May 10, 2016
Gorgeous artwork here, keep it up! :)
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vasix Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sqvish...but this is wonderful, really :) Nice to see you getting back into the game after so long. Btw, did you ever get a chance to see the email I sent some time ago? 
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Oaglor Featured By Owner Edited Mar 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If Saurian ever makes that Morrison Formation game, it would not be complete without alcoholic Drinkers (is that redundant)?
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL well the have to include some kind of easter eggs there, a tipsy Drinker would indeed be a funny one. Maybe not impossible either if some of the recently evolved flowers of its time had narcotic properties, like some flowers today.
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beautiful
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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Ceratopsia Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay, Drinker! I've always noted how it stands out in one of the Dinosaur books I read when I was little :) 
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bricksmashtv Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
¨If it doesn't, we can disown the theory and give Jack Horner all the credit. After all, DrinkerToroceratopsScavengersaurus rex, and Homo sapiens are all *obviously* ontogenetic stages of gnathostomic fish, and Drinker was *obviously* the wild teenage binge-boozing stage.¨ Lol 
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MugenSeiRyuu Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016
Drinker, the alcoholic of the Jurassic! Probably does not get along with Othnielia and Othnielosaurus....and especially not Marshosaurus!
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh that's not even the half of it. Dryosaurus and Camptosaurus used to be his friends but had just had enough of his embarrassing shenanigans and took away his PaleoStation4. Didn't invite him to any more VIP clubs once he vomited all over Ornitholestes either! Clearly this was not effective :XD:
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MugenSeiRyuu Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016
Haha.
Okay, all the others have a connection to Marsh, but why Ornitholestes? Or was he just unlucky?
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Meh, Ornitholestes is always unlucky. Nobody likes this dinosaur it seems :P
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y87arrow Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016
That's not true. I like Ornitholestes. And a few others as well (at least after reading many comments about Ornitholestes pictures).
While I don't like the big headed Tyrannosaurids, I find the smaller and more basal coelurosaurs interesting like Santanaraptor, Ornitholestes and maybe even the compsognathids.
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
you're the rare exception...

I don't like tyrannosaurs as much as most people do. I mean, I'll draw them if I need to, but aside from studying their evolution vs. their ontogeny, they are not all that interesting to me. Same with Triceratops... aside from pointing out the huge holes (pardon the pun) in Horner's "toroceratops" dogma, I don't find Triceratops too interesting. The masses may deem this blasphmous... but it's no secret I'm the sauropod nut. Yeah.... I'm in the minority too.

I've never been into the small basal coelurosaurs... but oddly enough my favorite raptor is Buitreraptor. The little spindly one that will never be anyone's chosen movie monster.
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MugenSeiRyuu Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016
Explains the crushed skull...
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bricksmashtv Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Clap 
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bricksmashtv Featured By Owner Edited Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Go home Drinker, you´re drunk :D (Big Grin) . But seriously though, this is a beautiful piece. I´m still in awe at the detail on the limbs of the Brachiosaur, and the Drinker. The background feels kinda blank though (ran outta time?). Still a gorgeous piece of art nonetheless. Congrats and Happy Birthday to your Brother. 
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, it was basically a speed-draw, done in less than 24 hours. A good challenge and probably my best speed draw yet. Plus in any case I wanted to try out the more minimalist use of background that many pencil artists use (i.e. John Conway, John Sibbick, etc.) rather than go all-out Doug Henderson on this one. Toughest thing about full pencil backgrounds is getting enough contrast with the foreground, and that takes a lot of time. Thanks for the congrats, I will let him know :D
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bricksmashtv Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You´re welcome Birthday cake  icon 
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