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Early dragon phylogeny (after Young et al. 2016)

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A little sketch and a cladogramm of early varannids and dragons. The sketch depicts Auroradraco, the oldest known draconiform.

Everyone who works a little with extinct varanoids knows that their phylogeny  is a mess and some parts are maybe about to change again.
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nathaneatonalive's avatar
Oww it has a little beak 
That adorable 
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Beak? not really =)
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what's with the hind-limbs?
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I'm loving Auroradraco's adorable little hind wings- it's very reminiscent of early dinosaurian experimentation with flight.
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Thanks ^^
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How big was Auroradraco?
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50 to 60 cm long
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Can i use some of your dragon concept? But in the project,dragons are archosaurs so there's the possibility of feathers. Your thoughts?
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Since this is a very important part of the dragon origin story I would advice you to go a different way
masterchiefsenpai's avatar
hmmmm.......maybe i could do one that dragons split from crocodilians but if you have any idea i would be very thankful
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
This takes time, I would advice you to just start mind mapping.
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YAY I love your dragon story
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Thanks ^^
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Varanus... Well doesn't that sound familiar Blue Tongue Lizard Icon 
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Yep ;)
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TheShinAlexHobbyist Traditional Artist
Now just imagine Varanus Priscus as a dragon
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The name "Komodo dragon" is no accident.
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Oh BALLOON BOY IS THE ILLUMINATI!!1!11! (chat icon) 
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The dragons have changed a lot since you first started posting them! :D I remember when Auroradraco was called chiropterimimus! :D
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Hehe, indeed =D 
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So which of the old species are still canon?
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
All
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But you changed aurorodraco's design? Are they just being redrawn?
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