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A day in italy by Hyrotrioskjan A day in italy by Hyrotrioskjan
We know so many species from the oceans, deserts, swamps, lowlands and forests of the mesozoic age, but what about the mountains? It's not the first time I'm asking that question myself but this time I searched for answers.
Azhdarchids: They are one of a few pterosaur familys which are known from the inland. Where did this animals nest? two options came into my mind.
1. they nest on the ground.
2. they nest on cliffs or in alpine habitats.
Well, you see what I choose here, it's a middle sized diurnal species similar to Zhejiangopterus.
The second animal is a Tethyshadros, known from a perfectly preserved fossil from italy. I notice that the beak of this species looks better for an selective diet, but the extremaly long Ischium suggest a longer digestive tract for masses of stodgy food. I speculate that this animals lived not only in the lowlands of it's island habitat but also in the still young alps where they pick plant plants from the groung and out of clefts with their strange beak. Another interesting feature are the very slim feed which reminds me of the hooves of chamois.

edit: the dwarfism would be also helpfull in such enviroment.
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:iconfishofglass:
fishofglass Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
AMAZING!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks =D
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fishofglass Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
great!
i cannot but admire your talented!
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Falken02 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Whoaa very nice
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks :lol:
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thedinorocker Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
Bravo! From Italy
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks :bow:
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:iconkaijukid23:
Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
"Hey, up there, is it fun to fly?!"
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes it is :thumbsup:
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SuperCJ Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
The droppings on the nest are a really nice touch, it just seems like something that a lot of artists would have overlooked when doing a piece like this, but it makes it look like an animal actually lives there.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much :bow:
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I tried to restore something similar with my own Tethyshadros picture, in fact....autumn with snowcapped mountains, near a stream
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
I remember that pic, very nice colors :nod:
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)Thank you
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Bravissimo! :)

Oh, my beloved country
so neglected and violated in this dark age
by her own sons
how much i miss the days of old
where a mightier people
of feathers and scales
walked on your holy ground...
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh, yes we live in nostalgic times =)
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:iconkazuma27:
Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Especially considering how screwed are we italians...
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
I don't know enough italians to evaluate that =)
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:iconkazuma27:
Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just one name: Berlusconi.

If he'll be elected again, well, we italians will be SERIOUSLY screwed... See why i miss the good ol' dinosaur days? ;)
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ah, ok that would be indeed the proof that italians are screwed.
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juenavei Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very pretties
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
=)
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RickRaptor105 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Abgesehen von Pachycephalosauriern, die ja oft genug mit Bergziegen verglichen werden, gibt es irgendwie sehr wenige Abbildungen von Dinosauriern in Gebirgen. Das liegt aber auch daran, dass in Gebirgen selbst keine Fossilien entstehen können, da durch die Erosion und Wasserläufe die toten Tiere ins Tal geschwemmt werden und erst dort am Boden von Flussbetten oder ähnlichem versteinern.

Ich bin mir sicher, dass es auch Pterosaurier-Arten gab, die hauptsächlich im Gebirge lebten, aber dass sie auf Felsklippen nisteten, ist eigentlich unbwahrscheinlich, da alle bekannten fossilen Pterosauriereier darauf hinweisen, dass sie eine weiche, ledrige Schale wie heutige Reptilieneier hatten und daher in weichem Erdboden vergraben werden müssen.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Es gibt durchaus einige Reptilien die ihre Eier nicht einfach vergraben, einige Schlangen zum Beispiel winden sich um das Gelege um es zu wärmen. Natürlich lässt sich ein solches Verhalten für Pterosaurier nicht nachweisen, drum stell dir einfach vor das Nest das du hier siehst wäre mir Moos und Erde und Pycnofasern ausgepolstert. Ich könnte mir auch durchaus vorstellen das die Eltern etwas nachhalfen und verlängertes "Fell" am Bauch hatten.
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mishkuu Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks :bow:
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amorousdino Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Wait, where's the pasta?????
:jawdrop:
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
During the cretaceous nature was still experimenting with this gastronomic phenomenon, you see here a primitive form (Pastasa longus) growing at the sites of the azhdarchid nest ;)
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ChrisMasna Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Awesome as always :)
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Many thanks :lol:
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Worlds-in-Miniature Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting!
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks =)
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MatthewOnArt Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember the Quetzalcoatlus in Dinosaur Planet had nests on the cliffs of the Young Rocky Mountains, but I prefer this version of a Mountain Azhdarchid (since the Quetzalcoatlus in Dinosaur Planet were still being treated as Fishing Animals and not Quadroped Herons as they are now)
great work :D
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Now that you mentioned it I remember this scene, I was very confused back then, why should this animls nest inland but search for food hundreds of kilometers away, the only bird I remember which is doing this are Emperor Penguins.
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MatthewOnArt Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very good point. Sure, there are Birds who travel great distances, but not from point A to point B on a Daily basis. If they needed to be so close to the Sea, why not live on cliffs on the Shore?

also, looking at Quetzalcoatlus now, I doubt Beach Combing would be enough food for it daily (unless it wanted to eat Sea-Pterosaurs as well)
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Indeed that's where my thoughts go :nod:
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mkxx Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
i'm from italy!!! XD
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
You must be very happy about the Tethyshadros =)
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mkxx Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
yes
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Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great! As an italian, I couldn't ask for a better piece of your art!
Bravo!
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks :bow:
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Deviatealittle Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
great work, really. What media was this done in? I'm very interested in the paper, and is that ink you're using? can't quite tell.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks =)
I work on 110 g/m² paper and use Gouache colors
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Zalcoti Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013   Digital Artist
It seems everyone expected the plains and forests and oceans to be full of life back then and totally forgot about higher elevations! Nice detail on that rock though. You take braver steps in this kind of art and add the more unpleasant sides of life. It really makes the creatures more alive.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :lol:
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MrGorsh Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Marvelous job :D
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks =D
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Love it.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you =)
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome.
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