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Sapient Azhdarchid by nemo-ramjet Sapient Azhdarchid by nemo-ramjet
When they sleep, they still dream of flying.
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:iconpaleo-reptiles:
Paleo-reptiles Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
I think discover a new thing…I look at Owen's reconstruction on Dimorphodon...Now have a Question....between skull and claw of Dimorphodon, We see a small skull with mammals teeth...Do you see this skull?

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Do you know What is this small skull? a mammal (Lemur) as food or a baby Dimorphodon?

Do any scientist have spoken about this small skull in this picture until now?

you can publish an article about it and I am sure all of scientists will be surprised of such discovery
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Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cute...
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Deaddo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Student General Artist
this is an AWESOME creature... I like how it doesn't have to have scales, horns, fangs, a tail, or to overcompensate in any way to be just as fascinating... in fact, it's the strange lack of features that gives this such an eerie humanness... creepy, but fascinating. I want to meet one, LOL.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Thank you - the way you describe it is exactly how I wanted this to be - not a frilly monster, but a "real" and functional creature.
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Deaddo Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Student General Artist
I love functional! I mean, we all "ooh-ahh" the embellished things, but this is refreshing. :) You are welcome.
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starspawn07 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
even when looking at illustrations of real Azhdarchids, I was astonished by how large their heads were compared to the rest of the body, and how tall they could grow compared to humans.
It's hard to believe that they never evolved to super-intelligence :/
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
Real life azhdarchids had a lot of hollow spaces in their heads, plus the head was very narrow laterally...
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indigomagpie Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
Ooh, clever!

What do they eat? Are they oviparous or viviparous? What's their sexual dimorphism like?

I wonder: What about a sapient flying azhdarchid?
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
They reproduce by laying leathery eggs. The males have a bigger crest on their foreheads, much like a rooster's crown.

Flying sophonrs: A tricky one, but by no means impossible. How would they manipulate objects, though? Feet? Beaks?
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Student Writer
I've always imagine sentient pterosaurs as volant. As for other flying sophonts, crows and parrots aren't terribly hard to imagine, and would certainly work as still volant
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indigomagpie Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
I'd assume they'd still use the front paws, like your flightless one. With pterosaur wing design, it should be possible to get manipulative ability and flight out of the same limb (admittedly, not at the same time).
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Correct. I may do another piece about intelligent -flying- pterosauriformes the next time...
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RickRaptor105 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
What happened to its wing fingers?
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
They atrophied into the movable, pad-like support structures under the "palms".
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El-Moppo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010   Digital Artist
Amazing, as usual.
I Loves It! :D <3 :)
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Chimpeetah Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
Oh Nemo since I uploaded my sapient pterosaur, I hope you keep up your end of the deal and make a nice illustrated 'landscape' of the New Squamozoic to give it some hype that it needs LOL :P Just kidding
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
I'll definitely get around to doing it...
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Chimpeetah Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Oh man, thanks for being such an awesome sport...I'm afraid at the level of kickass-ness it'll have ! :D
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DerKompsognatus Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
It makes interesting thinking material to hypothesize how they would think of astronomy and sky at this point in their evolution.

I really like how bizarre yet 'human' it looks. Reminds me of the main actors of the numerous (and frankly, quite hilarious) grey alien conspiracies.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
Who knows? Perhaps flying would come to them more naturally - they could be building hot-air balloons and sailplanes with even limited technology. Or perhaps it would assume a more religious element in their culture - dreams of flight could be used for meditation. Also, a brain wired with latent flying instincts could offer a unique world view we cannot really grasp.

As for the "human" look, I realized that expanding the cranium of just about every vertebrate species gives it an inevitably humanoid look.
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DerKompsognatus Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
After adapting to live on the solid ground (and to do it well), it is very possible flight becomes more prominent in religion or spiritual circles than in, let's say, practical inventions. Now just how much influence would that religious view of flight might have, holds the key. After all, to achieve artificial flight, requires decades if not centuries of research and scrutinizing. Maybe they build flying machines much later than we did (in a relative historical perspective) but build them much safer and much more efficient.

"Human" look is after all relative, since it's only in the eye of the beholder.
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electreel Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
Wow! I love it
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Brad-ysaurus Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
Which came first, sapience or flightlessness?
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
Flightlessness first - then there was a brief period climbing trees, and this was the result that came down from the branches.
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souhjiro Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
Cool! They are fully quadruped AND have manipulatory hands!
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
:) Thanks!
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redchinese Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Student General Artist
no feathers?
they must be cold :(
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Student Writer
Pterosaurs didn't had feathers, they were covered by pycnofibrils. But yes, I personaly think its kind of strange they lost their coats
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redchinese Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Student General Artist
now this is where i wish i had knowledge in palentology. maybe the climate got to a point where pycnofibrils were uneccessary? (what are they exactly- google has given me terminology far beyond my scope of understanding :( ?)
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Student Writer
The "ptero-fuzz" is what pycnofibrils are
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
They wear clothing!
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redchinese Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Student General Artist
haha, must be awkward getting dressed XD
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
Not really, it's just like having longer hands - that's all. Plus the mouth sometimes acts like a 3rd hand.
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redchinese Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Student General Artist
hmm that makes sense, so they can move their fingers? (no opposable thumbs but you get what i mean)
unless those fingers are vestigial
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
The fingers move, and one of them is slightly opposable.
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Chimpeetah Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010
Ya know, seeing this again makes me wonder about the rest of this creatures world, and how strange it must truly be ! I can only imagine other pterosaur species doning truly outrageous head-crests, skin flaps, colorations...goodness, they must all look like pterosaurian Lady GaGa's :D
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Student Writer
And that is why, my friend, the main group of animals I'm speculating on is Pterosauria. Though speculative species are going to wait as I'm busy with studies on the real forms
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Chimpeetah Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
I couldn't even begin to imagine what would happen if you and Nemo, both, worked together on a pterosaur based project !
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Student Writer
Unfortunately, the chances of him working with me are small :(
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
Why?
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:iconjohnfaa:
JohnFaa Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Student Writer
Because, no matter how much knowledge I think I have, I'm still essencially an amateur, as my essays on pterosauria show:

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Chimpeetah Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
Aw :( He doesn't 'know' you very well though, maybe he'll have the pleasure of one day doing so :D
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
Lady Gaga's... priceless!
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Chimpeetah Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
GaGa is amazing, and she's inspired me a lot, in several ways ! As for this critter's world , what can we expect, will it be expanded, or are they just ideas to lay forever in your mind (and if you can, please divulge any ideas :P ) :D
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh! I was just thinking about you these days. Good to see you're still around :) I can't leave smart comments like all the other people who comment here but I do enjoy the weird uniqueness of what you submit.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010
:) Hehe, thanks!
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BrynnMetheney Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful description! I love this drawing! :D
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nnq2603 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
It's nice + original creature~ I watched over ur project long time ago (read some review in web, they said very nice about it), seem recently you don't usually update deviantart content?
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Sphenacodon Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
Sweet, it looks like an overgrown hatchling azhdarchid. Must be quite fragile, with that balloon head bobbing on the end of that long neck.

Did it lose all its fur too?
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
Yep, they are more like gray aliens than neanderthals. They wear clothing, so thus the nudity.
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