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A big fuzzy dragon from the age of mammoths.
The ice ages were the period of the relatives of Cryotaurus and co. : [link]
The smaller, faster prey at the end of the ice ages and the bigger forests resulted to their extinction.
Some skeletons are found in caves in Germany, France and Russia.
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Flipperturtle80's avatar
Is the fur really fluffy feathers cause that would be really cool and all ur drawings are amazing keep on doing a good job
Zgerken's avatar
Interesting colour choices!
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YutyrannusHobbyist Writer
Ah, would this by any chance be the species that Fafnir was a member of?
vinhavatar's avatar
What was the habitat of Gelupterus?
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
The tundra of asia and europe, which you can also read on the picture =)
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OliveTheBreloomHobbyist General Artist
Very believable, almost like an offshoot from peterosaurs.
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Thanks :bow:
Cephylus's avatar
Really cool, Hyro. :) Giant fuzzy dragons hunting mammoths and buffalo is amazing.
But I wanted to ask, are there any herbivorous dragons?
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Thanks =)
Brevibrachius is mostly herbivore but I have inhibitions to create a complete plant-eating species.
Teratophoneus's avatar
der sieht cool aus, ich hab mir auch schon öfters haarige drachen vorgestellt, dachte aber das wäre vielleicht etwas "albern" (Weil drachen ja immer traditionell mit schuppen gezeigt werden mit außnahme des gefiederten mexikanischen amphitheren), aber du hast bewiesen das es echt toll aussieht :D
Hast du auch schon mal überlegt einen pflanzen fressenden drachen zu machen?
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Ich brauchte auch ein wenig Überwindung um mich an haarige/borstige Drachen zu wagen =)
Der Brevibrachius ist größtenteils pflanzenfressend. Ich wollte aber das er nicht ausschließlich Grünzeug mampft. Da hab ich eine weitere Hemmschwelle =D
Als nächstes hol ich wahrscheinlich die Entwürfe für einen Muschelfresser wieder aus dem Archiv...und lasse seine Vorderbeine verschwinden [link]
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Penrose12Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hunted mammoths, that's awesome!
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Thanks :bow:
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FelipennHobbyist Digital Artist
Do the relatives of Cryopterus!!! The ones that where extinct by the dragonslayers!
They could be creatures that gather gold and other shiny things in their nests to atract the females, and atracted some treasure hunters too! Damn Beowulf!!!
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Cryopterus isn't extinct (but very rare =))
I think about to create a species that build nests like this: [link] I love Bowerbirds.
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FelipennHobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I know it, but I was saying about some oh their ancestors, the bigger ones that are already extingt.
And this is exactly the bird I was thinking on... this could be a nice theory for the treasure guarding dragons in Europe mythology
Alloclaw's avatar
Oh btw how far from Wunstrof Germany do you live?

That is where my Grandma was born
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
You mean Wunstorf =)
my home is 150 km away.
Alloclaw's avatar
Is it possible this big fuzz ball hunted Neanderthals and Early Humans?
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
We have no informations about such incidents, but they are possible.
Whachamacallit1's avatar
YES! A million times yes! I was wondering when you would come out with a mammoth hunting dragon species! But, as always, I have some questions for you; Did these dragons kill the large prey items by using their venom as their main weapon, or did they opt for a differing hunting technique?
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Because they are extinct we don't know exactly what happened when a Gelupterus hunted. But their modern relatives could give us informations. Today the fluffy dragons hunt generally without their venom. The venom is strong but they have not many, and their prey is rarely bigger as them self. But the fossils show that Gelupterus have larger glands but the prey was mostly as big as today...
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Could you elaborate a bit on the killing technique then? In case if you're a bit confused by my terrible wording, I mean do they kill with bone-crunching jaws, or flesh-eviscerating teeth? Or do they hunt more akin to golden eagles?

Oh, and if it makes you feel better, I don't find Gelupterus cute at all. <=)
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Ah I forgot: it's a Aquilapoda, the feet are wrong.

The jaws of the most dragons are not strong enough to crush bones. The skulls of this group are more robust but like birds, dragons must save weight. Some species fly over rocks and throw the bones on the hard ground. Many Aquilapoda use their feed for killing. Sometimes they fixed the prey short on the ground give them bite with the vonom-teeth and wait for the dead. Serpentipoda mostly use their teeth at the end. They hunt their prey often on long distances, violate a bit with claws and tail. Dragons confront rarely directly with the prey. Because of their light-build body a fight could be dangerous.
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