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Wukongopterids

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Two Wukongopterids you don't see often these days. Kunpengopterus sinensis and Darwinopterus linglongtaensis are both species which weren't reconstructed so far which is a shame because both were published in the same paper and are interesting to compare.

Kunpengopterus is represented by an adult specimen. The orbits were relatively small, the wings are longer than in other wukongopterids, the skull long and slender with little remains of a crest on the back. The neck is relatively long. The teeth were small and- compared to Darwinopterus- slender.

This Darwinopterus species on the other side was still a juvenile (I depict it here as a young male with still growing crest and spotted fur), the wings were typically short, the eyes large and the snout robust, even more robust than in D. robustodens (from my point of view. D. robustodens was named after D. linglontaensis and direct comparison is difficult). But even it was a juvenile it was already larger than Kunpengopterus.

I also use this picture  to compare wukongopterits to humans, it's often difficult to determine the size of these animals when you don't know the fossils
personally, you see that they aren't huge but how small is hard to tell from the pictures. I think especially the early wukongopterid artwork and later media presentation made it hard to tell, when you see these pterosaurs hunting small theropods like Anchiornis in midair you don't think its
an often blackbird to crow sized animal.

It's interesting to speculate about the ecology of these closely related taxa which lived at the same place during the same time. The slight differences suggest that they occupied different niches like different species of small songbirds.

These two pictures were produced for an Earth Archive article which was then skipped (but will maybe come now in an different form)

Literature:
New long-tailed pterosaur(Wukongopteridae) frowestern LiaoningChina
Wang et. al. 2010
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Well done :)
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Aww, I could have one as a pet.
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If the hand is to show their relative size, these were TINY little pterosaurs.  Weren't they?
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Pretty small, yes.
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It's a wonder that A) their bones fosslized and B) anyone was able to see their fossils.
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They are very well preserved and far from being micro-fossils, google them ;)
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Ah, okay.  I just figured that between their small size and their hollow bones, fossilization would be difficult.
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Thanks ^^
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awwwwww
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=)
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:)
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If these were alive today I imagine they would be part of the exotic pet trade.
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Unfortunately... yes.
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The look awesome! :D
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Thanks :hug:
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IT IS GOOD!!!:)
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Thanks =D
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Thanks =)
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Outstanding work!
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Thanks =D
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pls
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can you draw a caudipteryxNod 
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