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Anurognathus ammoni


Just recently finished the small pterosaur Anurognathus ammoni. As is common knowledge to most paleo folks these days, this was the titular member of the wide-eyed, nocturnal, frog-faced anurognathids. It's known from the Late Jurassic Solnhofen limestone of Germany, a semi-arid archipelago. 

Interestingly, despite being less popular than the giant Pteranodon, Anurognathus and its kin are some of the best-known pterosaurs thanks to exquisite specimens preserving soft tissue. 

    While we've known for some time that all pterosaurs were covered in hair-like filaments known as pycnofibres, new fossils from the Tiaojishan Formation of Late Jurassic China indicate anurognathids had a number of specialized filaments. Along with the coat of simple, hair-like structures covering most of the body, they also possessed brush-shaped pycnofibres on the neck, arms, feet and tail. Their wings were covered in soft, downy pycnofibres with tufts at the end, and around their mouths they had brush-like filaments that ended in longer bristles. 

    I've taken these findings to a new, admittedly speculative place here that while certainly unlike most other depictions in paleoart, isn't too outlandish. I looked closely at animals alive today that share similar ecologies and morphologies to the anurognathids; namely bats, oilbirds, nightjars, frogmouths and the like. I even took some inspiration from owls for the eyes. 


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I love this little guys, he is so cute !

ProfessorPuffNadder's avatar

... I-I.. I wanna give him a scritch. <3

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Libra1010's avatar

Deplorably Cute!:D

It's so cute :-). It could be a pokemon lol. Better than Pikachu.

FeatherQuilt88's avatar
What a little cutie pie, ohmygosh~ Cute Emoticon Blushing 
kingdragon01's avatar
Awww, it's so cute and fuzzy!
Is this something you made up or where there real animals like this?
ToastedToast15's avatar
Yes, it was real. Many pterosaurs were covered in fuzzy filaments called pycnofibers.
kingdragon01's avatar
I see, thats cool.
KIT-10notK-9's avatar
The disturbing fact is how much like a Muppet's this pterosaur's face looks.
Rauisuchian's avatar
90% adorable, 10% terrifying.
Jackfrost-300-truefr's avatar
Why is this thing so fucking cute!! It probably eats people's faces off
CristusMancus's avatar

It is a very cute animal.

levelupbuck5's avatar

It's absolutely gorgeous, I love it! Your attention to detail is admirable.

PrehistoryByLiam's avatar
Thank you so much! You're far too kind
PrimordialProse's avatar
How on earth do you draw all those pycnofibres?
PrehistoryByLiam's avatar
It took forever lol
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PedroSalas's avatar
Great job Liam! Excellent textures!
bluewingfairy's avatar
Good morning, Anurognathus ammoni is so Cute!!!!.
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