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Longisquama confusus

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Batterymaster's avatar
BatterymasterStudent General Artist
So that's the story behind those crazy ass scales.
TrilobiteCannibal's avatar
TrilobiteCannibalHobbyist Traditional Artist
What if they were used for camouflage. I know that's not the  point of the picture, but it seems kinda plausible, at least more so than it as a bird ancestor of birds, or pterosaurs
pilsator's avatar
pilsatorHobbyist Traditional Artist
Speculative yet likely. Certainly more so than its interpretation as a protobird because it's ABSRD.
Jopakopamopa's avatar
Hah, very clever.
flaketom's avatar
haha. Maybe
rosutu's avatar
I dunno, the back-thingies never looked too leafish, for lack of a better term, and if it was a fern, wouldn't the stem or some other part have stuck out from under the lizard beyond these fronds?
Excalibur-T005's avatar
That's an interesting concept regarding a possible purpose for the growths on Longisquama's back, even if it wasn't intended that way - if a predator got too close, Longisquama could flatten the growths out to serve as camouflage against the leaves...
DOTB18's avatar
That's not the purpose of the picture. dustdevil is just trying to show that the frond-like growths of Longisquama might actually just be fern fronds that got preserved with the animal.
Dr-XIII's avatar
Dr-XIII Digital Artist
THAT'S what I thought.
ScottHartman's avatar
ScottHartmanProfessional Digital Artist
Well done, and quite probably IMO.
Kakarotho's avatar
I never thought of that haha, great idea!
Gorgosaurus's avatar
Couldn´t agree more.

Spike.
Eurwentala's avatar
EurwentalaProfessional General Artist
This is what I think has happened.

Longisquama just is a very unlikely critter to have actually had feathers...
I like the drawing too. :)
olofmoleman's avatar
olofmoleman Digital Artist
Nice idea, I like it.
nemo-ramjet's avatar
AFAIK, the plant-like growths have been found independently of the Longisquama fossil, so not just maybe, but possibly.
Piatnitskysaurus's avatar
I think Paleoecology could answer that question, we need to see if there's any plants from there that resemble it.
RaptorArts's avatar
RaptorArtsProfessional Artisan Crafter
Hmmm interesting idea. Who knows..
Ulfsark's avatar
UlfsarkHobbyist Traditional Artist
hum... maybe...

I was thinking of making one of those ...
:D

very nice work!

have a happy new year! ;)
DR-Studios's avatar
DR-StudiosProfessional General Artist
VERY likely. Very likely.
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