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Alanqa by Hyrotrioskjan Alanqa by Hyrotrioskjan
Alanqa saharica, so far only known from the Kem Kem beds but as a flying animal it's relatively save to assume that it was also present in Bahariya.
Especially in the light of recent discoveries.
Nizar Ibrahim and David Martill describe in an paper unusual structures on the jaws of this pterosaur so called "bony protuberances on the occlusal surface". A feature so far not known from Azharchids or any other pterosaur. The authors assume that Alanqa may have used these structures to crush the shells of crustaceans and clams. Such invertebrates are rare in the Kem Kem beds but Stromer once described large oyster banks- possible feeding grounds for this pterosaur. A modern day analogy could be the African openbill, a stork, specialized on clams and snails.

The animal shown here has a wingspan of 4 m but single bones indicate the presence of larger, maybe 6 m spanning specimens. 

Edit: Now with an juvenile specimen, Alanqa is one of a few pterosaurs were we may have hints of the ontogentic growth series, the presumed juveniles have a much shorter beak and certainly preferred a different diet, something you can also observe in other pterosaurs (look at "Beasts of Antiquity" by Matt Martyniuk for some nice examples).
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PimpPastry Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2018  Student General Artist
N e c c
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lythronax-argestes Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Joschua, would you mind if I used your drawing as a silhouette to scale Xericeps?
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SpeculaTimsauru5 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Luv pteros
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
niedlichster azdharchid!
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YemaYema Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
Pretty! And I like your new scale model, too :D
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Archanubis Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
Is that Ernst Stromer feeding the juvenile, or just a generic Victorian man?
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Megalotitan Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ernst Stromer.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
Haha, thank you =D
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Pachyornis Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist
Geil^^ Da sticht mir zum ersten mal ins Auge, welch irrwitzige Kreaturen Pterosaurier doch waren^^
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Professional General Artist
Wirklich? Na gut bei manchen kommt so was später ^^

Während unserer jährlichen Ausstellung wurde ich auch ständig gefragt "die sind aber nicht echt oder?" ;)
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Pachyornis Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist
lol haha :D
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Professional General Artist
Ich hab meine Besucher üer die letzten Jahre immer dazu erzogen skeptisch zu sein... und jetzt glauben manche einem gar nichts mehr =D
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL
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JonaGold2000 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing, love the Cope.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks :lol:
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JonaGold2000 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :)
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
That's not Cope, it's Ernst Stromer. :D
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JonaGold2000 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Correction: love the Stromer
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
Yikes, imagine the bite it could use to defend itself! 
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Professional General Artist
:nod:
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014   Traditional Artist
I fear they might be more interested in eating that gentelman rather than seeds he's throwing them...:P
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Professional General Artist
During Stromers days ahzdarchid research was still pretty young ;)
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:iconkingovrats:
KingOvRats Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014   Traditional Artist
Oh.. Well I guess with his sacrifice studies of their did a major breaktrough XD
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Professional General Artist
Of course!
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acepredator Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
Probably.
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Evenape Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
We have juvenile specimens of them? Never noticed xD
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Maybe, look here:
First picture: zookeys.pensoft.net/articles.p…
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Evenape Featured By Owner Edited Dec 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
The paper crashed my iPad, but the first sentences make me cringe... The paper's abstract/conclusion is as lumpy as hellclay on pterosaur taxonomy, and personally, I would like to request second opinion from other paleontologists regarding this paper before accepting it as hard fact...

Even if this paper's wrong though, your reconstruction of a more generalised juvenile seemingly is quite spot-on, indeed...
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bhut Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
The juvenile looks kind of cute.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks =D
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bhut Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
You're welcome.
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GuesssWho9 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Seconded
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Saurophagus Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, baby azhdarchid!
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
=D
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Rodlox Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
"touch my kid, Mr Victorian, and I will end you."

finely-illustrated,
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Was there a need =D
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pilsator Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Der Kollege darf natürlich in deiner Fauna nicht fehlen. Sehr, sehr gut geworden, aber wem sag ich das.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Ach ich freu mich über jeden Kommentar von dir =D 

(jetzt auch mit Jungtier und Vogelfutter)
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pilsator Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool, ebenso (: Stromer mit der Tüte ist schon priceless.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
=D
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Oaglor Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No matter how small an azhdarchid is, we are all still doomed.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Especially when they occur in swarms ;)
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vasix Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A cute little pterosaur, this is :) So I assume Siroccpotery is next? 
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Maybe ;)
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vasix Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I adore ornithocheirids!!
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Bhurloka12 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
Interesting...

Pterosaurs were largely unknown from Africa, and the "first one" was described in 2003 by Sereno's find. The fact Stromer found one around 90 years before Sereno shows how tragic it can be when great discoveries get lost during human turmoil. That is, I assume if Alanqa was excavated, its specimens possibly were destroyed in WWII like those of Spinosaurus.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Maybe, I never heard about the specimen =)
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TheMightySaurus Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
the texturing is absolutely exquisite
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you =D
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Haven't heard of this one before. Cool.
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