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The Stork Pterosaur by Qilong The Stork Pterosaur by Qilong
I guess if we were to give some sort of avian allegory to this animal, it would be a stork. The snout and the neck appear adapted to a snatching style of prey-capture from a high vantage, else why the neck? The long legs and wings can, as in other ctenochasmatids, allow the animal to wade into fairly deep water, but in this case, one might see this animal in a stork, holding high above the water for a quick snatch, struggling fish has but a moment, and fling! it's been tossed into the eair to be caught in the back of the jaws ... then gulped down.

The original specimen, unfortunately, was recovered from a set of black silicaceous mudstones from the Late Jurassic of China's Hexuehuanhe Formation, which might as well be the same place as the further east formations of the Shaximiao, and was essentially the same age as Germany's Solnhofen Formation. It was also recovered from sets of blocks which bore only the impression of the skeleton, though we are lucky to have the snout itself preserved, rather than an impression. Thus the shapes of the skeleton are problematic, but proportionately more or less accurate.
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Algoroth Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Qilong? If we see this animal in a stork, the world will have become extremely weird! Not that is isn't, already, but even weirder! ;)
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Qilong Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
I'm interested in the concept of analogues and similes, and how they relate to the observed thing. In this case, I made a broad comparison specifically between birds and pterosaurs, because ... well, it's kind of expected. The long and slender snout and slender neck make such a comparison easy, but it's very weak.
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Algoroth Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hi! If we see this animal in a stork...must be a BIG stork! And hungry too! :omg:
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Gegart Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
I love Pterosaurus
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Qilong Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009
They are cool. It's "pterosaurs," btw. There no actual animal named "Pterosaurus," although I am sure it's possible!
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