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All Yesterdays: Taboo by Julio-Lacerda All Yesterdays: Taboo by Julio-Lacerda
I knew I had to enter the All Yesterdays contest, but I couldn't figure out what I would like to explore. I though of many obvious and unoriginal things, like wacky and extravagant courtship displays and interspecies cooperation. I even went as far as to design a hadrosaur which head pattern mimicked its tail's to confuse predators, but nothing striked me as a good entry. Finally I though of something that could be nicely explored, although I guess it is not immediately recognizable by the picture: homosexual behaviour in dinosaurs.

Same-sex copulation, bonding and parenting is well-documented in many animals, especially birds and mammals. The exact reason why these behaviour exists, which by an evolutionary standpoint would be rather disadvantageous, is not really known. But the fact is that it is much more common in nature than most people would think, with unusually high rates of homosexual pairing in species like giraffes, bonobos, ducks and penguins, and in many cases leading to the adoption and successful raising of surrogate offspring.

In my entry, a male pair of caenagnathid oviraptorosaurs engage in mutual courtship - something that would definitely not be preserved in the fossil record. Their colouration is inspired by black swans, of wich an estimated 25% of pairings are male-male.
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DXCLove Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Not only that, but many species of animals have been known to engage in nercrophillia...
A male mallard duck was record To have breed with dead duck for almost two hours  after it crashed into a window after they got into something called "mid-flight rape" (which is common in ducks). Which begs the question if it's put into question,  of dinosaurs participating in same sex companionships and copulation, due to some evidence of modern day animals and birds, does that mean that Dinosaurs too, could have participated in nercrophillia as well as same sex copulation?
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WhiteCat1235 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
o sht, dis look like real life, and how can you be amazing? plox teach me cx
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TKWTH Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Westboro Baptist Church is gonna HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE this. :P
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:icontharandomanchiornis1:
what the fudge? gay dinosaurs O.o
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JonaGold2000 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really good! I never knew dinosaurs could be homosexual
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Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, why not? Its documented in over 50 modern-day animals XD
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Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How interesting! This is a beautiful piece, whether or not the Ovis are...well, gay or not. Why couldn't dinosaurs show homosexual tendencies? Its so cool to think so!
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fishofglass Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
so good!
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randomstuffFan Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
This is no Taboo! This is just your choice of life! Leave the swan-looking monsters share their mutual love! BTW, I bet they told you to fuck off and leave their area after "taking this picture" XD
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Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They totally did XD
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AlexornisAntecedens Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
I wish this was depicted more often. It's a subject that is rarely even thought of. And the picture itself is beautiful.
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Sheather888 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I quite like this piece both for its artwork and its inherent message. Very good work.
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EvilJoel Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Pretty sure this is the first ever realistic painting of gay dinosaurs in the history of paleoart, congrats.
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TheHellckan Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A tua especulação é impressionante e bem provavel. Realmente eu nunca vi nada igual. Parabéns.
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Balaur99Dennonychus Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Beautiful! What are? Chirosteotes?
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Mostly based on Chirostenotes, yes :)
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Maclafel7 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's really cool.
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AlbinoOctopus Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
i made a picture simaler to this a few monthes back, but with buitreraptors ;) nice to see another persons thoughts on the idea!
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RickRaptor105 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
The only other depiction of homosexual dinosaurs I´ve ever seen is this one:
[link]
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Lamastok Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
They look so cute !
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Gozer-The-Destroyor Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
OMG YAY

Gay pride mesazoic-wide. :3
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raptorman123 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Gay dinosaurs? Interesting. I'd like to see some lesbian tyrannosaurs making sweet, sweet love.
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Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My, my!
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Carcharael Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Artist
Otima ideia! Esses dias li uma matéria sobre isso em animais contemporaneos na Super Interessante. Certamente que isso ocorreu nos tempos remotos também. E eu ainda preciso fazer um desenho para participar também! Voce irá participar dos dois concursos?
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Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Eu estou com algumas idéias pra o concurso do Love in the Time of Chasmosaurus, mas não sei se vou por em prática :D
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NeuStrasbourg Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
You don't mind if I share this on tumblr, or do you?
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No, go ahead :)
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marcoornithodira Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
AW-some! Really good idea and cute composition, I'm surprised by how many people though of the same concept because gay dinosaurs is something I had never thought of (surprising given how many interesting examples of homo birds there are). But after all palaeo-nerds in general seem like a bunch of mentally open people so it's not really that weird.
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Carlosdino Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
It's a fantastic idea!
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Teratophoneus Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Awesome picture and interesting subject. Cant believe htat noone has ye though about this (or drew a pic about it ;))
It took an artistic genius like you to make a such strange subject look awesome :)
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KitWhitham Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
I am loving this!! Thank you for making it!
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hah, really interesting concept. Nice work.
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Trygon24 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Quite unexpected, yet completely possible. Beautiful work.

Inspiration from black australian swans ? :)
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Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, and yes :)
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PivotShadow Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
I only knew about the penguins... :iconwoahplz:
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Now you know there are many more examples! :P
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Qilong Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
There's a book ([link]) and a LOT of relatively underscored literature about it.
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i-stamp Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
I have that book. It's really funny to go and read through it in a public coffee shop. :lol:
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Qilong Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Or perhaps a Protestant or LDS church.... (no offense meant).
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pilsator Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work on a great topic.
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Pilsator, glad you like it. :)
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francisPapillon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Being gay myself, I wan't to thank you for this. It is important for me that people can understand that homosexuality is natural, even if it can be hard to understand. I know your piece was intended as a scientific exploration, but I think it can also open eyes on the human side of things.

And aside from this, I am very impressed by your work! You have improved soooo much over the last year, it is incredible! You never cease to amaze me.
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Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're most welcome. I admit I've slightly anthropomorphized the animals, which is something I don't usually do. I couldn't help but add a sense of humanity when it comes to this touchy subject.

And thank you very much for the kind words :)
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Silenced-Dreams Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DANGIT I was gonna do another like this too, FFFF.

I will just be reduced to doing poop-related speculation FOREVER. Aside from the predatory-mimickin-nest-parasite-hypsilophodont/small herbivore dino.

Lovely work though, I MAY HAVE A HUGE BIAS TOWARDS OVIRAPTOROSAURS. Especially adorably affectionate ones. So pretty ;3;
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Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha dinosaur poop is underrated! :D
Apparently many people had this idea as well, although I was lucky to be the first one to take it xD But as I've said to the others, I'd love to see everybody's interpretation on the topic of gay dinosaurs, including yours! And thank you very much :)
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Silenced-Dreams Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If nature has taught me one thing it is that everything comes down to poop. NOTHING IS SAFE.

And yesss I would love to see everyone's take on it too. Moar gay dinosaurs.
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Iloris Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Artist
AMAZING :33
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Iloris Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Artist
you are welcome :))
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