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White-headed Prowbeak
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Published: January 15, 2014
The prowbeak was found along the Thuringian shores of the shallow European epicontental sea that occurs along the western edge of the shrinking Thethys. Many varieties existed of prowbeaks, but among them, the especially toothsome white-headed prowbeak was the most numerous. Prolific, forming massive lekking colonies, white-heads are the most social amongst prowbeaks, but are also notorious raiders, and have been known to steal food from more adept hunting species such as the distantly related Dentate Heron-Jaw, Pterodactylus. Prowbeaks have very long, stiffened tails, crowned at the end with a broad flag-like vexillum, which is often colored bright shades without much ornamentation, but are highly visible. Dancing for mates is a common scene as males develop their leks -- or try to steal from other males' leks -- and involves vigorous dashes about a small area, tail held high, displaying the prowess and health of the dancer. During this time, the male consumes ample soft-shelled animals which pigments its facial skin and beak a bright pinkish red, and consequently the head is also turn pink.

Image: Rhamphorhynchus muensteri, on the shores of the Solnhofen lagoon, on one of the many Bavarian islands of the Late Jurassic.
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Dino-PixelStudent Digital Artist
Love it
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Love the description.
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I think soft-shelled prey is probably a reasonable interpretation of its jaws, and I love the otterlike fur you gave it: that's something I've considered for diving pterosaurs for a while.
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If a diver, it makes sense. This isn't intended to be a formal argument. I am still working on some data to speculate on its diet, and I wanted to think about flamingoes and other animals that consume shoal or near-shore foods. Who knows what this thing ate!
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Kazuma27Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, both the restoration and the description :)
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Your drawing is great, and I really like that you have made a common name and speculative behaviour. It would be cool if there was a common name for every pterosaur.
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The common names would need to be in different languages. I would suggest people can invent their own, but one might just use the technical name as well.
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DoctordidStudent Traditional Artist
epic detail
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Thanks! The rock looks terrible, though. I've done better.
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King-EdmarkaHobbyist General Artist
Nice work here!  I very much like how you incorporated the possible behavior and a common name.  It's rare to see that in many depictions of prehistoric life, but it's always a treat to see what ideas people may have regarding that.
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