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Nyctosaurus takes off by megabass22 Nyctosaurus takes off by megabass22
A restoration of a male Nyctosaurus gracilis taking off in Late Cretaceous North America.
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WDGHK Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Funny, the gannet look is usually reserved for Pteranodon.  
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megabass22 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I find that it works well on most pterosaurs.
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WDGHK Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah but to me it looks best on the toothless ornithocherids like this guy, Pteranodon and Geosternbergia. Maybe it's because they're the best analogues to modern sea birds, since Ornithocheirus and kin have nasty looking gnashers.
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!!!!

Not sure bout the swimming posture in the bg tho
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megabass22 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!

Yeah, me neither. I did not really find any references for pterosaur swimming posture so just went with what I came up with. 
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PLASTOSPLEEN Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017
Yeah, according to a paper, short tailed pterosaurs like Pteranodon or Nyctosaurus would be mostly underwater, with only their backs and eyes (and crests) being visible.
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megabass22 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Something like this: sta.sh/0n4xbdmi281 ?
What would it do with the wings?
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PLASTOSPLEEN Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017
Pretty much, I fogot that the neck would be visble as well. Here's the paper, which has some good figures to explain. www.davehone.co.uk/wp-content/…
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megabass22 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a bunch! This'll be very useful if I do something like this again.
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PLASTOSPLEEN Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017
No problem
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you need help with watery pterosaurs always ask :iconplastospleen:

To ashley: Sorry for summoning you so often my friend
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asari13 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice scene
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megabass22 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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Glavenychus Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice pterosaur!

PS: Do you think it's possible that the large crest of the males could've been covered in life?
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megabass22 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!

Like the sail thing it is sometimes restored with (pre00.deviantart.net/80b3/th/p…)? Maybe. I have heard that a lot of people do not really support it but I have not looked into it too much.
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Glavenychus Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!

Yes that 'sail'! I haven't found any good sources on this hypothesis, so I was wondering if you heard it by any chance. Sad that it's not really possible, it looked unique for a pterosaur of its type. Oh well, at least there's the unpublished Parasaurolophus impression.....
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megabass22 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, as far as I know it did not have a sail (or there is no evidence for it). Tupandactylus imperator does kind-of the same thing though and did have a "sail" so there's always that. And yeah, even if some animals did not have snazzy soft-tissue stuff there also seems to be an increasing amount that did. 
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Luca9108 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017
Looks amazing!
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megabass22 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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AnonymousLlama428 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! His feet aren't touching the ground, right?

P.S. I remember in PP when Nigel saw a flock of them flying overhead. When he said "a flock o' pterosaurs", at first I misheard him saying "fuck a pterosaur".
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megabass22 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :)! No, he is taking off from the surface of the water. 

Haha, is there a clip of the scene somewhere?
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AnonymousLlama428 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, here:
www.dailymotion.com/video/xsc5…
about 13:13
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megabass22 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, yeah, I can hear the resemblance :XD:
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AnonymousLlama428 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
"Fucks a long way off..."
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spinosaurus1 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Calculations by pterosaur biomechanicists Michael Habib and Jim Cunningham seem to show that the power that pterosaurs can generate with their forlimbs are so great, they can actually take off from water just by slamming their arms into the surface.
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AnonymousLlama428 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I see. KEWL
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Owlbaskingshark Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The color is a nice break from the usual black and white restorations
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megabass22 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. :) It is still pretty white and black, of course, but I tried to do my own thing with it and looked at some modern seabirds as inspiration.
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Owlbaskingshark Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can definitely see where the inspiration came from. Northern gannet?
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megabass22 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mainly Northern Gannet, yes.
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paleosir Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice!
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
 Cool!
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paleosir Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You replied to me =P (Razz) 
So unless my comment was unusually cool, I suspect you meant to say this to Megabass22?
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup. Sorry. :/
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megabass22 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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