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Sinopterus dongi
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Sinopterus dongi, a medium sized pterosaur from China. Based on my skeletal [link]

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TheDubstepAddict|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful, even though it has dated
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Mesozoical's avatar
May I critique?
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Mesozoical's avatar
The coloring of the animal is something that I am not fond of. The body of the two Sinopterus is basically the same color as the sand. It looks as if you got lazy, and skipped the coloring of the body so you could shade, and be done with the piece faster.

I am not suggesting that you did this (I don't know anything about the process of your digital work), however, it sure looks like an act of laziness.
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The white bodies that blended with background contrasting with the jet black heads was actually the central compositional idea of the painting. It doesn't have to do with laziness I assure you!
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povorot's avatar
I have to say, my favorite element in a lot of your paintings is just the subdued palette you use. Beautiful work, man.
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avancna|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is Sinopterus related to Dsungaripterus?
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jconway's avatar
Err, confusing and confused ramblings will be your answer -- yes, in that they were both fairly derived pterodactyloids, and no, in that they were no not especially closely related within that. Or maybe they were. Frankly, pterosaur phylogenetics is all very uncertain, and I don't keep up with it properly.
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JohnFaa|Student Writer
Last time I heard ctenochasmatoids, dsungaripteroids and azhdarchoids formed clade Lophocrania; basically, all pterodactyloids aside from ornitocheiroids. This could make sense, since all pterodactyloids aside from ornitocheiroids seem fairly adapted to walk, and thus to more terrestrial lifestyles
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avancna|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Another one of those snakepit phylogenies?
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zedka| Photographer
this is quite intriguing, i like it a lot :)
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Machaeroides|Student General Artist
Very lovely color/colour scheme.
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I'm answering some critiques from HP Conway and I wanted to take time out and comment on this painting
before I forgot.
This is my favorite painting of yours (though the Nyctosaurus pair comes in a close second). The Sinopterus
look like real animals and the painting looks like a real painting. As if a 1800s naturalist went to Jurassic China
and saw these things walking around a beach. Not only is this a beautiful and educational painting (in that it
shows what Sinopterus likely looked like), it makes me feel close to pterosaurs in a visceral way.
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Sainte-Vincient|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the transposition of seagull colouring into pterosaurs. Dsungaripterus, Sinopterus, and Poebetor are such facinating looking fellas.
Again, love the paramonochromatic look of this. It definitely captures the feel of the sea in the morning or on a wet day.
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aspidel|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice to see this one. Like Matt said, beautiful seaside landscape, and it's a very good depiction of walking pterosaurs.
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alitheia's avatar
Such an interesting head. Thanks for linking the skeletal as well, I just love looking from your skeletal to the painting and back. Do they have any idea what purpose the large nasal cavity (is that right?) might have served?
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jconway's avatar
It is the nasal cavity. The large hole made space for large sinuses - but perhaps the main reason is that they probably just need bone there, so it was ditched for weight saving.
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alitheia's avatar
Very interesting. Thanks!
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pearwood|Hobbyist Photographer
Interesting critter. It looks like it would be much more at home in the air.
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MattMart|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool... great job with the perspective, and I'm still in awe of your landscapes!
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