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Afrorex hirsutocaude by Hyrotrioskjan Afrorex hirsutocaude by Hyrotrioskjan
Several months ago I wrote already a bit about this species, the african king with the thorny tail, who may killed the Taung child.
A few weeks ago I get a mail of Peter Dart who shows me some photos of newer, still unpublished fossils from Southafrica which will become a neotype of the genus.
Thanks to his very informatic graphics and texts I was able fo, finally, reconstruct the animal for the description.
Afrorex was between 4 and 5 meters long and was maybe the ancestor of Eurovenator and Dsangisaurus from europe. beside the fossil iteself Dart and his collegous also descripe two already known skulls of adult Paranthropus which shows the same marks like the child of Taung.
That's the reason why I reconstruct the dragon here with an Australopithecus as prey.
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:iconkingovrats:
KingOvRats Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015   Traditional Artist
Now that I look at it it reminds me quite of movie version of Smaug.:)
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
You mean Snaug reminds you of Afrorex! Which was first? Which was first?! ;)
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:iconkingovrats:
KingOvRats Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015   Traditional Artist
Haha, That's true =P
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
;)
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grisador Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
Great Picture !
Does this species attack humans for simple hunting (like lions) or they attack only when they couldn't find another prey (like Sharks)
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
We don't know if this species ever met Homo but it's possible that they hunted Australopithecus and it's relatives because of their flesh, you must remember: these guys evolved together. 
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grisador Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
So Humans (Or Humanoid Apes in that time) aren't cause to their Extinction?
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
Not really, it's more likely that pandemics, new competition and climate changes pushed this species over the windy cliff of extinction...
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grisador Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
Wow; Sadly but what kinds of Competition is drive them extinct? Felines; Canines; Hyenas Or Even New Kinds of Rats eating their Eggs?
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
These were maybe also competitors for the species but new dragon species from the north, like Allipolestes, seems to have a bigger effect on the population of Afrorex. 
But because dragon fossils are so rare I wouldn't say "that's it, that was the reason!" =)
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:icongrisador:
grisador Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Okay then; Thanks a lot for the Answer ! :D
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
No problem :tip-hat: 
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WoundedGazelle1234 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
ich habe ein apple
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Fazinierend...
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WoundedGazelle1234 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
lol i suck at German
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AlvaroFuegoFatuo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Great!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks =)
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:iconwolffuchs:
wolffuchs Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
HAHAH!! Will haben! Sieht der genial aus! ;)
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Leider schon ausgestorben, und seine heutigen Verwandten sind auch nicht zum kuscheln geeignet ;)
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wolffuchs Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Unglücklicherweise :(
XD
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
:nod:
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Teratophoneus Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
der sieht einfach nur geil aus. Die Detailarbeit kommt hier sehr gut zur geltung, besonders auf dem baumstamm-wirkt sehr realistisch :)
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ich hab in meiner Kindheit viel zu wenige Baumstämme gezeichnet, zwischendurch verspüre ich da eine Nachholbedürfnis ;)
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really cool, I love the pose!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :lol:
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Raptorboy998 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
One of my favourite prehistoric dragons so far? Fantastic stuff? I take it Neoraptors must monitor the dig-sites to prevent people finding some 'unusual' remains?
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :lol:
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DrizztHunter Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
These are great. I love dinosaurs so I'm quite familiar with this style of drawing (which I always liked). I also love dragons, so this mix has everything for me.

Excellent work.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Haha, Thank you =D
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mattsandwik Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Excellent work
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thnaks =)
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Alcira Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tatsächlich mal ein Wyvern der mir richtig gut gefällt. Ich mag die Kopfform und den Schwanz. Btw fällt es mir immer noch sehr schwer angelegte Flügel zu zeichnen, bei dir sehen die immer so cool aus. Hat er da ein Kind geraubt? Weil oben beim Grössenvergleich wirkt der Mensch grösser als der auf dem Baum.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh, Wenn er sogar dir gefällt muss ich irgendwas richtig gemacht haben =D
Bei den Flügeln orientere ich mich stark an Pterosauriern und Fledermäusen, ich empfehle dir mal hier vorbei zu gucken [link], das hat mir sehr geholfen

Ja das ist ein Kind, ein junger Auralopithecus africanus, es gibt das Schädelfossil eines ungefähr dreijährigen Jungen das Spuren zeigt von denen manche annehmen sie wären durch die Krallen eines großen, bisher unbekannten Adlers entstanden. Wie du siehst fällt meine Interpretation etwas anders aus...
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Alcira Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool, danke für den Link :)
Flügel - finde Federflügel einfacher, da muss man die Gelenke nicht
sichtbar zeichnen xD aber nee Alci macht ihrem Drachen natürlich Fledermausflügel.

Coool :O das heißt es gab mal einen so großen Adler?
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh es gab da schon ein paar ziemlich große, der bekannteste war wohl Harpagonris aus Neuseeland (bis zu 4m Spannweite) das Tier war groß genug zu Moas zu töten und kleinere Arten auch zu tragen.
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BrooksLeibee Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student Photographer
Is the human-like carcass on the tree like a hobbit of sorts?
The size ratio between the profile comparison, and the portrait are kinda off, if not.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
~Zinnorokkrah is right, it's a young Australopithecus africanus
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BrooksLeibee Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Student Photographer
Good thing we have deviants like him/her.
I was clueless. xD
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Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
I'm a him, just for future communications :)
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:iconbrooksleibee:
BrooksLeibee Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student Photographer
:O
sorry. haha
Thanks!
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:iconzinnorokkrah:
Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Oh no, it's perfectly alright :P A gender-neutral username in a fictional language is hardly any kind of hint. Haha
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:iconbrooksleibee:
BrooksLeibee Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Student Photographer
xD
Kind of a 50-50 thing then huh?
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:iconzinnorokkrah:
Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Indeed, haha
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
:nod:
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Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
It's a young Australopithecus- I believe it's implied to be the Taung Child because that was the first evidence of this specific species of dragon, the massive injuries on its skull.
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BrooksLeibee Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Student Photographer
Oh! Okay. xD Thanks.
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:iconzinnorokkrah:
Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
No problem
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Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Spectacular! Seems a little large to be sitting in a tree, but then I guess leopards can do it- and this guy would be lighter than a leopard. I love the posture, and especially how similar your dragons are to their later descendants. Interesting how Dschangisaurus remained a wing-walker like this particular dragon while Eurovenator became fully bipedal. Are there any theories as to how that happened?
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Nearly all dragons are able to walk on legs or on legs and wings. Some just have a favorite walking style. For example, Eurovenators mostly walk on two legs, but during climbing, mating, feeding and in difficult terrain they use all four limbs. That's a reason why some legends told that dragons have six limbs, some said it walked on four legs, others it can fly and after a couple of decads they say it had four legs and two wings.
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Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Oh, I see. So it's just that in Europe and the Mediterranean it is easier for them to walk primarily on the hind limbs more frequently than using the wings as well? Also- it's interesting that you mention feeding, as I was just wondering this; do they swallow like varanids, or do they have a different method of ingesting their food as it is often in a semi-liquid state?
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