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Petro-Dactyle by MattMart Petro-Dactyle by MattMart
The second figure from my potential surrealist painting featuring Pterodactylus antiquus, this one in walking position with mouth agape to show off all those little teeth and the tooth-sized hooked beak at the very tip of the jaws.

The title isn't a misprint... well it is, but not mine. Cuvier originally named this animal Petro-Dactyle but changed it in a future reprint to Ptero-Dactyle, which became Pterodactylus. Petro-Dactylus would mean "stone finger" and it's interesting to think maybe that was intentional and Cuvier merely changed his mind about the name, rather than committed a simple spelling mistake.

More on the history of Pterodactylus on my web site:
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PraiseDovahPie Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome looking pterosaur; I dig the teeth. It looks very "dragon-esque."
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Sir-Conor Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
one word Excellent!!!!!!!
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Mesocricetus9 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Wow. I love your style. You should do an illustrated encyclopeadia about mesozoic fauna :D
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
I did not know that about the name.
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Student General Artist
Excellent as always.
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MattMart Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty pterosaur!
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