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Jangtsenatator dongi

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Not all legends have one origin. The chinese dragon is one of these cases. Beside the traditional Fucanglong, Yinlong and Feilong which are inspired by Confuciosaurus, komodo dragons; there are dragons like Jiaolong Quiolong and Panlong which are clearly have their origin in this freshwater sea serpent, bigger species from the oceans and crocodiles.
Jangtsenatator is already extinct during 15th or 17th century and it's remains are often sold on the black market what makes it difficult to get complete specimens. In most cases only one or two bones can be saved. Today we know about 70% of the skeleton. The genus must be very common in ancient times at the shores of the Jangtsekiang which was his original habitat, but thanks to the grand chanel it's destribution became even wider. It's possible that even Marco Polo sa this animals. On his deathbed he should have he reportedly said: "I have not told half of what I've seen".

The taxonomic position of this sea serpent is unclear is seems that it's part of an primitive group, because the front flippers shows still similarities with limbs for walking.
The some othe teeth are flat or truncated but the front teeth are mostly sharp are perfect for grapping fish which suggests a mixed diet. It's possible that the heterodont depiction chines dragons in art is based on this arrangement.
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if this was real i could imagine it would make for a great ep of river monsters. also i feel like this probably was an actual species of like early mosasaur
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Natrixosaurs are indeed close to mosasaurs =)

Here is the new version: www.deviantart.com/art/Occidan…
This picture is a bit outdated =)
raptorman123's avatar
This sea serpent reminds me of the mosasaur Platecarpus.
MistaSilentKiller's avatar
did other species like these live in Africa too ?
Hyrotrioskjan's avatar
There were once a european species of freshwater sea serpent, it's possiple that it also populate rivers of africa =)
gdog00's avatar
i wonder how big each Sea serpent is.
Hyrotrioskjan's avatar
between 5 and 6m long
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Teratophoneus's avatar
sehr schön auch mal wieder etwas mehr von den aquatischen drachenverwandten zu sehen :D
Das tier erinnert mich an einen mosasaurier, am meisten an Dallasaurus
Hyrotrioskjan's avatar
Die Ähnlichkeit kommt nicht von ungefähr, Seeschlagen sind Nachkommen von primitiven Mosasauriern oder Aigialosauriern die sich am Ende der Kreide aufs tiefe Tauchen spezialisierten, deswegen und weil sie recht klein waren überlebten sie das K-P event.
Raptorboy998's avatar
Vey nice! I can see how they would become extinct in China and the like, but couldn't there be a living relative in the likes of New Guinea for instance?
Hyrotrioskjan's avatar
How I said, it's a pritive sea serpent, it was maybe already the last of it's kind during it's best times.
Evenape's avatar
This is an awesome concept man! Although I could still wonder how would you explain the wyrm, as :iconkatepfeilschiefter: did above me

*Extra points for using the very archaic pronounciation of the Yangtze river :D
Hyrotrioskjan's avatar
Thank you =)
the myth of the wyrm dragons have several reasons. One the one hand it's obvious that many of these dragons were just snakes, even the hydra [link]. On the other hand it#s possible that some of the "snakes with wings" were inspired by dragons like Umbragrus which have long necks and tails and short legs which they can fold very well under their body, in flight they look nearly leg-less. And at least I must say that not all these myth are true, some are just metaphores or old bed time storys.
Evenape's avatar
You're welcome :)

That's interesting... Although I would love to see a genus of freshwater sea serpents in Europe... or even a feral population...
KatePfeilschiefter's avatar
It seems to be a trend lately to separate western and eastern dragons. But I think it came about from people forgetting the existence of the more common serpentine wyrm. They're essentially identical to eastern dragons but without the frilly aesthetics. Some do have wings, but many don't. I always saw them as the link between the east and west. Hypothetically, certain hexapodal dragons could have developed a ground dwelling lifestyle, lost their wings, took to the water and then traveled southeast into asia, becoming eastern dragons.

Anyway, just my biology headcanon. I really love these designs you're coming up with.
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Thank you =)

I don't seperate eastern and western dragons, Jangtsenatator is just one animal which helps to form the myth. We must always seperate the myth and the true animal.
One of the Main inspiration sources for the Long was Confuciosaurus and that's a animal which is clearly realted to other species from the western world.

the myth of the wyrm dragons has several reasons. One the one hand it's obvious that many of these dragons were just snakes, even the hydra [link]. On the other hand it's possible that some of the "snakes with wings" were inspired by dragons like Umbragrus which have long necks and tails and short legs which they can fold very well under their body, in flight they look nearly leg-less. And at least I must say that not all these myth are true, some are just metaphores or old bed time storys.
FluffySpiderz's avatar
Funny, I had just begun my own concept sketch for an Asian dragon recently. Mine is more lizardlike, though.
S7alker117's avatar
Almost like a modern Mesosaurus, isn't it?
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