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Tarimhesaurus mantelli

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Once Tarimhesaurus, the Persian dragon, was distributed over large parts of the middle east and dryer part of east Asia. Marco Polo maybe meant these dragons when writing his journals. The holotype of this species was collected in the Tarim basin, a region where these guys can no longer be met. 
In difference to all other living and extinct confuciosaurids this species prefers semiarid to arid habitats (but there are evidences that they inhabited steppe and open woodland once too). Their barbels are longer than those of Umbragrus but no longer have the function to sense movement in murky water. 
The snout is long and the teeth more robust then those of its semi aquatic relatives, the legs are also a little longer and of course, the coloration of these animals is more fittig for their dry environment. This detail actually made it into the Islamic mythology: iranpoliticsclub.net/culture-l…
Another example: www.spongobongo.com/FRTz4.jpg
While the oriental dragon art began to be hugely influenced by Chinese dragon art (for reasons still discussed) the dragons still remained evil and demon like in character.

Tarimhesaurus grows up to 3,3 long and can reach a wingspan of 4,8 m. Instead of fish, waterfowl and amphibians this species hunts birds like MacQueen's bustards and reptiles like lizards and snakes but mostly wild sheeps, goats and gazelles and occasionally young or old camels. In difference to wyvernids which grab and kill their prey open with their huge talons Tarimhesaurus often chases its prey over longer distances- according to some sources even on purpose toward cliffs and gorges- and tries to bite it or blind it with their venom. Smaller prey is often hunted on foot and with their long necks they can reach into burrows where they search for and foxes, pikas, jerboas and snakes.

Like in Umbragrus males and females are nearly identical. Males impress potential partners with a mating dace of flapping wings, high rising torso and low rumbling sounds. The nest is build and the young are cared for by the female only. The nest is a mount of shrubs and rocks build under a overhanging rock, the 2 or 3 eggs are nearly white.  Like other confuciosaurids Tarimhesaurus aren't able to fly right away after hatching, in this case the draclings stay in the nest for up to 3 weeks and are fed by the mother, then they leave the nest, still not able to fly but to fall softly. For another two weeks they follow their mother when ever possible, but they begin to care for themselves too, hunting small lizards, insects, scorpions and solifuges. 
Most draclings don't survive these first months, the harsh conditions of the Karakum and the Dasht-e Kavir, Indian wolves and stripped hyenas make it very hard of the juveniles to reach adulthood.

Tarimhesaurus was maybe the dragon I was most eager to update, such a ugly first drawing: www.deviantart.com/art/Tarimhe…

On the other hand, he got pretty nice feet later: www.deviantart.com/art/Feet-pl…
Umbragrus and Cunfuciosaurus have basically the same feet, but they feature webbed toes instead.

Edit: some recent observations may indicate that they occasionally eat fruits too, especially dates.

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GIOGABHobbyist General Artist
great! 
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thanks =)
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SumlaxHobbyist General Artist
I remember when Yi qi was discovered there were a lot of arguments on whether a wing membrane can go above the hind limbs, like in your dragons, or if it must necessarily incorporate them (for some embryological reasons or something like that). I`ve been wondering ever since.
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Beautiful wing texture
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A great serpent of the sky.
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;)
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What a beaut. 
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=D 
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You still manage to be my favorite deviant
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:bow:
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Finde diese Interpretation von Drachen sehr interessant, meistens werden sie in derartigen Projekten ja eher als Archosaurier dargestellt, die Idee das Drachen sich von Waranen bzw Waranartigen Tieren abstammen ist mal was neues und eine sehr kreative Umsetzung ^^
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Danke, tatsächlich sind Warane, wenn man es genau nimmt, flugunfähige Drachen die im Paläogen ihre Flugmembranen verloren ;) 
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herofan135Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just wow, love the pattern on this one. :heart:
Once again I love the information you wrote, makes it so much fun. :D
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Thank you very much, good to see you entertained =D 
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Natürlich musst du dann damit wieder beginnen, wennn ich kaum Zeit hab ums mir gründlich anzuschauen ^^
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Manchmal muss man sich die Zeit nehmen ;)
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Beautiful. Simply magnificent. :D
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Thank you very much :bow:
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What lineage of animals do these dragons you've come up with belong to?
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
They are varanids
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I'm loving that you can see on this dragon that, because they don't have the deep chests and powerful keels of birds and other flight-inclined dinosaurs, that dragons compensate with truly /epic/ musculature in the upper arms. The coloration on this guy is gorgeous too. I imagine if these guys are as low-slung as other varanids it would be pretty easy to underestimate their size until they puff up and you get a face full of venom.

Which reminds me, are you changing how dragon venom works in this version of the project? Is it still intended to be spit a decent distance, or is it a little closer to what spitting cobras do?
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Thank you so much :lol: :bow:

The venom stuff stays the same =)
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Beautifull
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Thank you! ^^
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