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08/07/2012 07:59 am ET | Updated Aug 07, 2012

Feathered Dinosaurs: Emily Willoughby's Illustrations Show Prehistoric Panoramas (SLIDESHOW)

When you think of dinosaurs, "cute" might not be the first word that comes to mind. That is, until you see the illustrations of artist Emily Willoughby. Her depiction of a baby megalosauroid dino was recently dubbed "the cutest dinosaur illustration ever" by io9.

"I was in love with dinosaurs as much as anyone as a kid," Willoughby, 25, told The Huffington Post in an email. "But it wasn't until the feathered dinosaur discoveries started cropping up in the late '90s and early '00s that it became more of an artistic passion. I decided to specialize in dinosaurs because their relationship to birds was so interesting to me from a scientific standpoint."

Willoughby, who lives in Belle Mead, N.J., said that before making her illustrations she studies new literature on dinosaurs and their behaviors.

"These behaviors are often very bird-like in nature," Willoughby said. "These are the most fun to illustrate, too. Some examples of behavioral artwork from my gallery include 'Deinonychus Prey Restraint' and 'Saurornitholestes.'"

Check out Willoughby's illustrations below.

Feathered Dinos

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