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Nemicolopterus Skeletal

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A preliminary skeletal of the new (and absolutely tiny) pterosaur Nemicolopterus crypticus. This was done from the not-very-high-resolution photographs and drawings in the description, so I do stress that it is preliminary.

White indicates bones present and restorable, light grey indicates bones that are present but I had to pretty my make up (because they are badly crushed, partially obscured by other bones, etc.) and dark grey missing elements. Stipples indicate air sacs.

Gotta say, this is one cool looking little beasty. Really birdlike.

Ref:
Wang et al., 2008. Discovery of a rare arboreal forest-dwelling flying reptile (Pterosauria, Pterodactyloidea) from China. PNAS vol. 105 (6) pp. 1983-1987
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TrilobiteCannibal's avatar
TrilobiteCannibalHobbyist Traditional Artist
are the fingers internal, or am I an idiot.

pretty sure i'm an idiot.
FredtheDinosaurman's avatar
FredtheDinosaurmanStudent General Artist
Awesome. Is is possible to have permission to use it for some color schemes I'm working on?
Fragillimus335's avatar
Fragillimus335Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic little guy, almost life-size on my screen! :D  So, is it well established that this specimen is ontogenetically mature?
EmperorDinobot's avatar
Now that is an interesting lil' pterosaur.
Nicely done.
TehFuzzyDuck's avatar
Wonderful work! I really enjoy seeing these skeletal reconstructions. I like how you decided to make it more round in shape, rather than have the skin clinging to the skeleton like in some reconstructions. Did anything in particular make you decide to do that? Can't wait to see a lifelike reconstruction of these intriguing little pterosaur! :)
jconway's avatar
The neck is thicker than in most restorations this is based on what I've seen in fossils with soft-tissue preservation (such as Pterodactylus). The body and limbs aren't and fuller than usually shown. What make for the overall impression of roundness I guess is the fur, which most fossils indicate was more extensive and just plain bigger than most people draw it (I've never figured out why people see so reluctant to put the proper amount of integument on extinct animals -- it happens with dinosaurs too).
TehFuzzyDuck's avatar
I guess it's just to be more cautious, but proper integument really brings the creature to life. Looking at extant species, it's hard not to speculate how varied and diverse and strange looking (and fleshy) extinct animals were.
rydicanubis's avatar
I'm really intrigued, unfortunately I can't seem to get the article. The most recent issue isn't online yet it seems, or at least not for me to access.
jconway's avatar
Give me you email and I'll send it along if you like.
rydicanubis's avatar
That would be fantastic! Thanks!
I'll note it.
Gorgosaurus's avatar
Interesting animal.
I´m quite fond of it.
Must have a word with Allan Smith about this one.
Spike.
nemo-ramjet's avatar
Amazing! I sent you a note from Facebook about the... poster. Did you get to read it?
fanthome-derecho's avatar
Very birdlike indeed, though it looks to me to have been more of a generalist such as a starling or an icterid than an insctivore as Kellner et al. suggest.

One comment of the skull though, the weird parietal bifurcation you show is likely the result of the disarticulation of the braincase, especially the frontals and parietals. Also, where is the supertemporal fenestra?
jconway's avatar
Oh, and I agree about it looking like a generalist.
jconway's avatar
Yeah, I got a little sloppy on the skull (not my forté;). When I get hold of a high-res photo I'll fix it up (sent and email to Kellner, wonder what the chances are of hearing back...).
Piatnitskysaurus's avatar
Is it really an actual species, or is Darren Naish right in that it might be a juvenile?
jconway's avatar
Yeah, it very well could be a juvenile Sinopterus. At least, I can't see anything that would exclude that possibility. Shame really.
jconway's avatar
Why does dA turn everything into those stupid winky faces?
Urus-28's avatar
Urus-28Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent work :thumbsup:
I don't really know how to comment this, but well i like it ^^ So +FAV !
Deino's avatar
That is tiny... I wan't one in my room! One trained to peck over people that is not me.

Anyway, very nice work :nod:
T-PEKC's avatar
Very nice work. :) BTW, you are really fast. I heard about this pterosaur for first time yesterday. I might use this skeletal drawing in my future artworks.
jconway's avatar
I only heard about it yesterday too - luckily I have a lot of pre-drawn stuff which I just modify.
dunwich7's avatar
dunwich7 Digital Artist
That certainly is tiny.

Noob question: Would flight be achieved by flapping those wings (similar to a bat I imagine) or would it be more of a hop and glide thing?
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