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Nyctosaurus sp by jconway Nyctosaurus sp by jconway
For those who don't know, this is the rather spectacular crested Nyctosaurus--a medium-sized pterosaur from the Late Cretaceous.

I did picture of this pair a few years back [link] where I put sails on them, to go with the skim-sailing hypothesis that was so hot right then. It's not so hot right now, so this is an un-sailed version (which is based on an old painting I did at the same time, but never uploaded anywhere). I've extended the rear-facing prong somewhat, as it seems there were extra bits that weren't obvious in the original description.
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Terizinosaurus Featured By Owner May 17, 2015
IT IS GRAT!!!
MY FAVOURITE PTEROSAUR!!!
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crotalusmolossus Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Heartbroken that this print isn't available! Any other places to get it?
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StuartJMurray Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
I have this one on my wall :) Beautiful
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greeni-studio Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
:) Hey cool composition! I love the graphic shape.
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stormwrought Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008
This is my favorite dinosaur. Bravo to the smooth forms and how it looks so old.
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Student Writer
Its not a dinosaur, its a pterosaur.
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cybernation Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008
beautifull
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zimbiodude Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008
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Michelle56 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! YAY Pterosaurs!
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briankroesch Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I read that it may have rarely ever landed due to lacking an extra claw that could help it climb around on land. I wonder then, now how could these animals have slept?
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jconway Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
Yeah, well, I have no doubt they could land and shuffle about on land. Sure, their limb proportions would have made it awkward, but there's no reason to think the lack of digits I-II-III would have made it impossible to move around on the ground--they'd just walk on their big knuckle, nothing wrong with that.

Nyctosaurus are very similar to frigate birds in a lot of ways. Similar size, very big wings with a high aspect ratio, and ting legs (Nyctosaurus has proportionally thee smallest legs of any pterosaur buy a long shot), and probably limited ability in the water (unlike, say, albatrosses).
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Student Writer
Though AFAIK they lacked the same adaptations on the vertebrae that frigate birds have, which might mean that they'd have to use other method instead of picking things from the water surface on the wing
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jconway Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
I'm not sure why it would be necessary to have the same adaptations frigate birds have to pick fish from the water--especially considering there's a huge difference between pterosaur and and bird necks.
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Student Writer
True, though wouldn't the more inflexible necks of pterosaurs be less efficient anyway?
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jconway Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
I don't know. It's a very complicated thing, because pterosaurs also had a very different head.
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Student Writer
Indeed
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TehFuzzyDuck Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
Beautiful colors!
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PaleoFreak Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
Beautiful! :love:
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pearwood Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Grace in tandem.
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Gorgosaurus Featured By Owner May 9, 2008
Lovely work again, John.
I´ve a Pteranodon wip on my shelves right now with a lot of very dark grey-black dorsally like these two. Camouflage for some casting problems, solar energy trap and Black-backed gull look all at the same time.

I still can´t get my head around the aerodynamics of this head crest. It seems so incredible...

Spike.
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Dinosaur-Ryuzako Featured By Owner May 9, 2008
I've always been fascinated by this type, and they look so lovely here!
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner May 9, 2008
Simple but perfect. Great job! :)
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Deino Featured By Owner May 9, 2008
Yeah, I remember these guys! Very strange, but bautiful creatures. Great drawing, I love your minimal style.
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NTamura Featured By Owner May 9, 2008
So what happened to the sailed crest hypothesis?
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Deino Featured By Owner May 9, 2008
It sailed away ho ho ho

Well, that was a bad joke. I shouldn't even had to say it. Too late now.
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