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Pterodaustro guinazui

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A Ctenochasmatid pterosaur with a 2.5 meter (8.20 foot) wingspan. It was a filter feeder that has often been compared to flamingos.  Robert Bakker suggested that Pterodaustro might have had a pink hue similar to flamingos due in part to the shrimp it might have eaten, however recent studies show that only neoaves can sequester carotenoids for use as a pigment in the feathers rather than just the skin or beak, and even then they require to enhance it with structural colors, so a pink hue for any pterosaur seems extremely unlikely. It's feet are rather large (which can't be seen here) and they may have possibly been covered in webbing. Many Pterodaustro individuals have been found from embryo to adult. It has been found in the San Luis Province of Patagonia, Argentina.

The color I based off of Mark P. Witton's depiction of the animal, and I'm pretty satisfied with how it came out. ;)
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I'm guessing the pink areas are where the integument structure can actually reflect pink?
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Well, I based the color scheme here off of a restoration done by Mark Witton.  I'm guessing yes.  
sagittariussigner's avatar
I like the way that you draw this pterosaur.
This is believed that pterosaurs had, more likely, limited colors on their pyro fibres when compared with modern birds or maniraptorians.
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Thanks again! 

I based the color off of a depiction by Mark P. Witton, who wrote and illustrated the book "Pterosaurs".
sagittariussigner's avatar
Great book about pterosaurs.
How think the researches done by a certain david Peters ?
According the blog Tetrapods zoology, he is actually a graphist rather than a "real extinct animal specialist" and his pterosaurs looks highly inaccurate.
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Yeah, never trust David Peters....
sagittariussigner's avatar
or never trust on Dino fantards, ( persons who are really into pop-culture dinosaurs or usually complains the dinosaurs stuff (such as feathered vs featherless) for biased reasons. Or they say that their favorite dinosaurs are better than the more popular ones.)
Tote-Meistarinn's avatar
It looks great. By the way, did you know that this pterosaur is now thought to have been nocturnal?
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Really?  Interesting.  Is there a paper or anything that talks about it's nocturnal habits?
TarbosaurusBatar's avatar
I liked the flamingo ones, despite the inaccuracy. However, this is very good coloring and reminds me a lot of Mark P. Witton's version.
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The flamingo ones were nice to see, but they did get a little too common.  And it just so happens that I based the color off of Mark P. Witton's version! :D
TarbosaurusBatar's avatar
I know that, I just noted the resemblance of it. And yes, the flamingo ones were common, but I grew up with them.
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I gotta say, my favorite pterosaur rendition that he did was Pterodactylus.  It makes me think of what the earliest paleontologists would think if they saw that.
TarbosaurusBatar's avatar
They were semi right about it having fur. It was pretty logical to compare them to fruit bats, as they are the closest things that possibly looked like it.
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Yeah, that was a really good observation. :nod:
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On a slightly related note, wouldn't it be pretty funny if David Peters was actually right all along?
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Well....Yeah I guess it would be crazy.......really crazy...
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Traheripteryx's avatar
Great, that this Pterodaustro is up to date! I hate those incorrect mainstream pnk ones! :D
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Thank you my friend! :D Yeah, the pink ones always seemed unlikely to me....
Traheripteryx's avatar
Unlikely, ridiculous and ugly! :D
Unarla's avatar
How on Earth did you do this so quick and still make it look amazing!!!Clap :o (Eek) 
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Hahaha, couldn't tell ya! :D Thank you so much!
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