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Cycnorhamphus

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Cycnorhamphus is one of the strangest pterosaurs I know, the form of the jaws, the unusual dentition and the soft tissue parts which are preserved are unique in ctenochasmids. Yes, ctenochasmids. It's not obvious but the next relatives of this animal are pterosaurs like Pterodactylus and Gnathosaurus.
I speculate about the diet of this animals for a long time. Laid at my bed, stared at the wall and thnik about this bizarre structures. At the end I found three solutions which would be fitting.
1. small animals which live in the mud and water of tidal pools
2. crabs and clams like depicted in the small picture.
3. the seeds of cycads, the jaws are very suited to grab such food and how I learned lately was the jurassic a hotspot of tree fern radiation.
(bats are also known to eat sometimes the seeds of this plants, they seem to have no problem with the poison of the plants)
Here I depict two specimens which glide through a deep gorge somewhere in southern germany.
(media here: pencil, watercolor, Gouache. All on paper)

edit: I designed a logo for the project, hope you like it. It's the shape of an Pterodactylus, more of this animal soon.
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Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0 Windows
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Ich liebe diesen Flugsaurier! Ich hab aber gedacht dass er mit Caviramus verwand ist! Dummes Internet!
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My fav Pterosaur! (mainly cause its so derpy!)
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=D
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=)
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I thought there would be more images of this guy?!
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
At the beginning of this series I planed to make just one picture per creature, so this is already more than promised...
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I meant on deviantART in general ....
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Ah, ok =)
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TraheripteryxHobbyist General Artist
So. Jetzt kam ich mal dazu.
Wie bereits gesagt: Einfach umwerfend!
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Dank' sehr =D
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Keine Ursache!
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Pterosaurs are awesome. I will never thank Witton enough for his book. 
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:nod:
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Pterosaurs can go completely WTF so easily :D
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Now that is one very strange jaw ! And beautiful work ! :D
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Thank you :bow:
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ShinRedDearHobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem. Your art is very inspiring. :)
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BirdGVeeHobbyist General Artist
Boy, that's one big canyon. I love your way of drawing backgrounds. :)
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Thanks a lot :bow:
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Just breathtaking. Why haven't I been watching you.
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist

Thanks =)

I don't know, but sometimes we all make such mistakes =)

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You are welcome, and yes we do make mistakes

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ArchipithecusHobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing.
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