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Pterodactylus request series 1

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Random Creature Request Series No. 1, improv sketches selected from an assortment of suggestions. Refreshing... need inspiration... I liek dis idea GO ME :iconbakacirnoplz:

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As usual for impromptu sketches, no specific species is intended, it's a basic amalgam of fossil photos, skeletals and reconstructions that I looked over before starting. Pterodactylus is one of the best known pterosaur genus, with several complete fossils of multiple species, age groups and sexes, along with preserved soft tissue, muscle and pycnofibers. I drew an adult with developed crest here.

Pterosaurs in general are a really good exercise in learning anatomy IMO, it's not the usual skeletal morphology we see today... when you study it, you will LOL at the old idea that they could snatch things out of the sky. Have you SEEN those pathetically slender ankles and tiny claws not to mention the diminutive pelvis lolol.

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Jane-doe123's avatar
yey!!! thanks he looks wicked! now draw him with magic crayons so that he can come alive and be my pet. I will love him and squeeze him and call him george :)

[link] (I loved that as a kid and now i lol because "just you watch and see" sounds awfully malevolent.

ps I always thought of them as bug and fish eaters but i guess some of the bigger ones could have eaten other flying dinos...tho your right they must have caught them by mouth.
Maarika's avatar
It's so cute. :> If they're fuzzy then I'd like to pet them.
Ultima-Matrixed's avatar
Avian features are sex. O___O
symbion-pandora's avatar
You mean Ornithodiran features! :icontenshitrollfaceplz:
Abridgenator's avatar
Am I the only one who finds it amusing that of all the ancient reptiles who were now believed to have feathers, it's the pterodactylus who are considered to be feather free? XD

Nice sketch, though! The focus of movement on the wing-limbs was a nice touch.
JohnFaa's avatar
* pycnofibrils, I mean.
JohnFaa's avatar
They didn't had feathers, but integrument known as actinofirils, which is more fur like.
symbion-pandora's avatar
Correct. more like fuzz or something.
symbion-pandora's avatar
yeah, it is sort of ironic. Pterosaurs were 'fuzzy' or hairy at the most... and not at all closely related to birds.
Abridgenator's avatar
Reminds me, I saw Humida's comment on the journal leading up to this and had lulz aplenty after wondering how long it'd take for you two to debate this point. XD
symbion-pandora's avatar
I just can't resist >_<
Abridgenator's avatar
In his defense, dinosaurs ARE pretty reptilian in the skeleton; feathered reptiles today are such an alien concept. OwO
symbion-pandora's avatar
Maniraptorans look strikingly birdlike, though. and birds have a few reptilian features, like scales on the feet. ALso a lot of dinosaurs had air pockets in the bones much like birds do, even larger dinosaurs like sauropods.

Seeing as birds came from reptiles just like mammals do, I don't think it's very weird to imagine some sort of transitional 'reptile' with feathers. It just comes down to whether you think that reptile was a lizard, an ornithodiran, or a dinosaur or whatever else. (and at this point you can consider 'reptile' to be a rather artificial or paraphyletic grouping, Archosaurs in general were quite different from crocodilians, lizards and snakes that we now think of as reptiles...)
JohnFaa's avatar
Obviously it was a dinosaur. The people who support BAND (birds are not dinosaurs) rubish are usually reffered as "BANDits" for a reason
symbion-pandora's avatar
BANDits provide me with many lolz.

PS your username looks really familiar, do you post on some other forums somewhere? :?
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CruxianAzelf's avatar
Aw, what a charming little beast here. c:
mortalshinobi's avatar
that's quite a nice piece. a young one i assume?
symbion-pandora's avatar
Meant to be an adult, they think the crests developed as they aged altho some theorize it was males having display crests...
mortalshinobi's avatar
ah. just the overall look of it gave me the impression of a younger animal (i'd say around a teenager) who is just learning to forage on his/her own.
symbion-pandora's avatar
I can see that. they were pretty odd looking animals... maybe you expected a larger crest like that of other genus?
mortalshinobi's avatar
larger crest, more severe look. more predatory. this one still looks cute and innocent to me.
symbion-pandora's avatar
funny, pterosaurs in general were not fierce and terrifying. At the most they probably ate small reptiles, fish, and in the case of very small species, insects. Altho the largest azdarchids could stand as tall as a giraffe... they still had no teeth and didn't eat huge prey or anything.

the ones witht he creepiest teeth probably used them for fishing or sieving other water creatures...
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