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Dryonychus

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Beside a few fragments from mongolia and europe there is no known Monopterna species which is older than Dryonychus.
The small 1,5 m long long animal was found in 1956 in Linxia (China). The skeleton is headless and severely damaged.
It was flightable but the long legs suggest that it hunts mostly on the ground.
The describer of the holotype assume that Dryonychus stands near the origin of the Insuladraconidea and the Confucosauridae.
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I love the little bits of back ground you give each one.
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herofan135Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome job on this! :thumbsup:
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Thanks :lol:
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Excellent work
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Thank you :lol:
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TheOneTrueSirCharlesHobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
Cool name!
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Thanks :bow:
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TheOneTrueSirCharlesHobbyist General Artist
Welcome!
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Silver-ShadowOniStudent General Artist
I thought it was a dinosaur! Nope, it's a dragon twice as good.
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Haha, thank you =)
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Beautiful! Another new dragon. How old is this species, approximately? Also- I really love how it looks, essentially, like a fully bipedal varanid with wings.
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Thank you :hug:
The fosslis were found in 30,6 million year old layers.
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Ah, I see- so where does it stand in relation to other dragon species? How does it fit into the whole puzzle. Also- interesting to see a smaller dragon fitting into a different niche while the Diplopternans ruled the skies as large predators attacking large prey. I imagine this period of time heavily influenced the traits of later Aquilapoda.
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Dryonychus stands near the base of the Serpentipoda and near the origin of the Monopterna itself.
It's indeed very interesting to think about the ecological changes of this time, the first Monopterna appear and the first big Diplopterna spread over the world. At the same time the climate change, it became colder and dryer, the giant rainforests shrink and large herbivores evolve on the new open spaces.
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fantastic! :D
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Thanks =D
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