Today, January 21, 2018, is the twenty-first day of my Daily Dinosaur series, where I draw a scientifically accurate dinosaur and a human doing funny things. Today, I have chosen the ornithomimosaurian theropod, Aepyornithomimus tugrikinensis.
This is the first recently-described dinosaur in the series (described in July 2017) and that's not a problem because of the structure of my series. I will be drawing every non avian dinosaur, in alphabetical order, and since Aepyornithomimus is the first, it was the first to be represented.
This also explains why I started the series at the strike of midnight on January 1, 2018. This is so I can draw all the dinosaurs discovered in 2017, and even the ones discovered in 2018 (such as Caihong and Diluvicursor).
Now, onto the dinosaur. Aepyornithomimus was an ornithomimosaurian theropod, a so-called "ostrich mimic" that includes the famous Gallimimus. They had long necks, long legs, and feathers covering their entire bodies.
Aepyornithomimus was named after Aepyornis, the extinct elephant bird, a giant ratite bird that lived in Madagascar. Other ornithomimids are also named after birds, such as Gallimimus (chicken mimic), Struthiomimus (ostrich mimic) and Anserimimus (goose mimic). This is due to the group's similarity to birds.
Here I have shown an Aepyornithomimus in a glass display case in a museum, similar to other extinct animals. A human's foot is seen, showing that he is not interested in this tiny dinosaur.
That's all for now folks! Stay tuned for more tomorrow!
This reconstruction is based on lythronax-argestes' skeletal.