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Pteroactyloid by nemo-ramjet Pteroactyloid by nemo-ramjet
A pterodactyl among the ruins of Aan, a city that was never discovered.
Completely realistic organisms in completely speculative environments is a delicious vein of palaeo art that has been rarely tapped into.
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mar16cris Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your depiction made me remember certain works of lovercraft.........
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If i'll ever manage to publish my novel you'll surely be at the top list of the illustrators i'd choose :)
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
cool!
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Acrionianspeculative Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excellent, nemo-ramjet! i truly admire your speculative works and how much effort you put into making them realistic. i could really imagine myself with one of these in a prehistoric or desolate environment. you are an inspiration and a true artist. 
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avancna Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Also known as a "nopebird"
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vasix Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My gosh, that thing looks so thin, but at the same time is very nice!
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Ebervalius Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed, very few people think of this.
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Vicious494 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Very cool, I like it.
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice!
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Thethicrad Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
A really awesome picture and concept. I wonder who the creators of the city were, and how the city fell into ruin. Are there other cities besides Aan, and are they also in ruins?
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Zippo4k Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Plenty of fantasy and camp SF incorporates this, though. Lovecraft did some amount of this a few of his stories, with a whole subterranean city built by prehistoric reptiles in "The Nameless City". But you're right: there's been very little modern artwork depicting realistic extinct fauna in speculative of fictional recreative contexts. The closest I can think of is Dinotopia but that was set up as dinosaurs in a (late 19th century?) fantasy setting.
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Somnium-23 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
So who would be the inhabitants of Aan?
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very elegant and delicate-looking, beautiful.
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OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Simple yet fantastic , relly like it :)
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Edgar Rice-Burroughs was rather good at that sort of thing. His world are variously populated with realistic and wholly speculative creatures, the jungles of the Tarzan books were home to big cats of various hybrid kinds, including saber-toothed, as well as valleys home to some dinosaurs (his rather fierce, omnivorous ceratopsian could be viewed as ahead of its time, aside from being the offspring of hybridization between T-rex and Triceratops.).
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