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Published: June 4, 2013

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Please allow a few moments for it to load all the way, its a big file. Boy this one took forever. The plan was to get this ready for sale at Fanime back in May, but that didn't work out. It was very difficult doing a skeletal for a pterosaur, as I've never really worked much with pterosaurs. I kinda just jumped in and tried to tackle it. Overall I'm pretty pleased with the payoff. There is one bone used here that does not occur in real pterosaurs, I think I'll call it an Aeroid. And now, the flavor text:

Aerodactyl is a very robust flying reptile from an era long since passed. The first fossils of this Pokemon were discovered 142 years ago by Charles Othniel Birch and Edward Drinker Oak. Its skull and wing were very well preserved in fossilized amber. In the advent of the high age of high technology, the same tech boom that lead to the creation of Pokeballs, science has discovered the ability to reconstruct fossils as living Pokemon. Once revived, there were several interesting things not predicted in paleoart; especially the barbed tongue. It had been long assumed that Aerodactyls would catch Pokemon in its jaws and take them to the ground to rip them apart with their massive jaws, however, it was discovered that Aerodactyls only use their mighty maw to engulf much smaller prey and use their barbed tongue to pull the Pokemon down its throat whole. Their barbed tongue is not unique, and not unlike those tongues of Braviaries and Pidgeots. Science was also surprised that Aerodactyl was not, as displayed in outdated paleoart, brown or tan, but in fact, he was FABULOUS with great purple wings. He is also furry, science didn't see that one coming; way to go science.

Archen is a much more recently discovered prehistoric Pokemon. They were the juvenile stage of the larger Archeops, a predecessor to the modern bird Pokemon. Archeops laid large clutches of eggs, sometimes yielding as many as 15 baby Archen. However Archeops are now known to be terrible parents, letting their kids fly all over the place. As pictured here, they a real treat for a hungry Aerodactyl.

Cranidos are infant Rampardos. Once this species was revived, it was discovered that both the adult and juvenile stages are very slow. Infact it is not uncommon to see a Cranidos easily keeping pace with a Rampardos. What they lack in speed, they more than make up for in power. Rampardos is capable of dealing a 16,500 PSI impact from their dome. The Cranidos shown here is much more content to trundle off than deal with that big purple son of a bitch.

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starmiefluffe's avatar
starmiefluffe|Student General Artist
this is sooo amazing omg
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ShakkouDDD|Student Digital Artist
awesome!
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Ninjago123lol|Professional General Artist
I readed Charles Othiniel Bitch....
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Sparlor's avatar
I didnt know Othniel Marsh was Birch, and Edward Cope was Oak, In the pokemon world. That's really smart, I couldn't think of that.
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There’s a persistent rumor that a small number of these actually survived deep underground, and that one of them captured and attempted to eat a young research intern of Samuel Oak in the late 90s. Apparently there’s a photo of the event that’s been circulating since then. How true is this?
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Sparlor's avatar
Probably accurate?
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NathanElhanan| Digital Artist
I remember this one, catching it was a total pain
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the1toastgod|Student Digital Artist
I thought you revived it :T
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NathanElhanan's avatar
Really? I forgot
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the1toastgod|Student Digital Artist
Ye, you use old amber
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PotatoWallpaper|Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love the way you added this effect to fossil pokemon :D (Big Grin) 
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DeadBedSpread|Hobbyist Digital Artist
"142 years ago". Nice ;)
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FlyingKittyYT's avatar
Wow. Impresive!
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SpeculaTimsauru5|Hobbyist General Artist
this looks so possible
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kernda03's avatar
Dude, all your artwork makes me REALLY want to see a live action Pokemon movie!!!!
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Trex4rt|Student Traditional Artist
lol there is coming a live action Pokemon movie
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WilyWeeb's avatar
That would be the most badass thing this century.
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blued1500's avatar
your last comment with Cranidos cracked me up!
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Hbombindustries's avatar
could you, by any chance, do missingno?
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annnonymoose's avatar
spoiler alert


he is not a dragon
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arvalis|Professional Digital Artist
What?
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Kyeronn|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope he's a flying rock pokemon
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JoseRobertoRN|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Muy buen trabajo! Por lo visto, es una especie gigante de ranforricoideo. 
Sin embargo te faltó el uropatagio (la piel que va desde el dedo ganchudo a la base de la cola), para eso tenía esos extraños dedos en cada pie; y no sé si fusionaste las vertebras torácicas (los vertebrados voladores lo tienen para reforzar el vuelo a motor).
La unión de las alas a las rodillas en cambio me parece muy realista; a decir verdad los cuernos y esos espolones que salen de los codos parecen más de sobra, pero se entiende, ya que que tu punto es crear al pokemon lo más fiel posible. Por cierto esa vela en el lomo y en el pico lo hacen ver muy bien. Tal vez el del pico y la cola sirvan para medir el flujo y la dirección del aire, mientras que la del lomo (y los cuernos) me imagino que cumple con función visual entre sexos.
Pd. he visto polémica en el acomodo de los huesos del torso de los pterosaurios así que de eso no puedo darte información con seguridad.

Very good work! Apparently, it is a giant species of ranforricoideo.
However you missed the tail membrane (the skin that runs from the hooked finger to the base of the tail), for that was the strange toes on each foot; I do not know if fusionaste thoracic vertebrae (flying vertebrates have it to strengthen powered flight).
The union of the wings knees instead it seems very realistic; indeed rams horns and those leaving elbows seem more than enough, but it is understood, because your point is to create the pokemon as faithful as possible. By the way that candle on the back and at the peak make it look good. Perhaps the tail peak and serve to measure flow and air direction, while the back (and horns) I imagine that meets visual function between sexes.
P.S. I have seen controversy in the arrangement of the bones of pterosaurs torso so that I can not give you information securely.
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