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Before the next All Yesterdays picture arrive I want to introduce you Appotomerus appalachia one of the oldest dragons which are known, the fossil was found in 2003 near Huntsville (Alabama) and was a surprise in two ways.
Firstly the animal is surprisingly big (nearly 2,5 meter at this subadult specimen) and much better suited for hunting warmblooded prey than Auroradraco (perviously known as Chiropterimimus). Paleodraconologist Li Chan even assumed that the animal could had hunt the small hadrosaur Claosaurus.
The second surprise was that the animal represent a new branch in the tree of dragons: the Allochiroptera. Some even suggest that these animals are paraphyletic to the Brevichiroptera or that dragons are much older than previously thought.
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:iconfredthedinosaurman:
FredtheDinosaurman Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Awesome man! You mind if, maybe later this year, I could show/use your design and make a stopmotion video on these guys?
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
It would be a honor =)
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:iconfredthedinosaurman:
FredtheDinosaurman Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Awesome! :D
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manaista Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Huntsville Alabama? Cool, I did an internship near there.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
=D
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mattsandwik Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Excellent work
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks =)
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Sharkour Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
cladographic boner
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
=D
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:icontheonetruesircharles:
TheOneTrueSirCharles Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks =)
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:icontheonetruesircharles:
TheOneTrueSirCharles Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome! :)
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Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I can finally see this little dragon! Gorgeous :)

Ps: Wait, What?!? No more Chiropterimimus?!? Boy, that makes me sad. Just kidding ;)
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
I liked the name too but because of the book I want something which is easy to remember for the first dragon =)
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Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was just kidding, no problem man ;)
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:iconsporemasterhimpo:
SporemasterHIMPO Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist
God dangit evolution! Why wouldn't you do this?!!!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
I don't know, nature has no endeavor =)
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SporemasterHIMPO Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist
Yah XD
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TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Marvelous :).
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks =)
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TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome :aww:.
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maugryph Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
nice design
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks :bow.
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Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Oh my God- that's amazing! This lineage didn't stay flighted for long, did it? I don't imagine this guy could be much other than glide- and that only as a juvenile. Any other ideas for this new branch of dragons?
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you =D
The sternum was proportionaly a bit bigger than in Auroradraco, the shoulder joints and the long legs support the hyphothesis that these animals were primitve active flyers, similar to chickens or pheasants.
It's the first fossil of this lineage and it brings some new questions about the early evolution of dragons which can only be answered by new studies and new fossils ;)
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Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Hurray! More primitive dragons! I'll have to 'find' some of these new studies soon ;) [If you want me to write some, just say the word- I might write some anyways :P]
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
In the moment I have nothing concrete in mind, but in the near future I will write and draw something about a early Monopterna family which consist inter alia Megaceloxus and the still living Volatiosuchus.
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Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Oh, excellent :) Can't wait.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
=)
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Angela239 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it. The pattern and surprisingly realistic-looking wings, it looks like it could have been an actual animal!
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you, that were my intention =)
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Alcira Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Wie niedlich der ist :D
Finde die Knochen Zeichnungen sehr cool, sowas kann ich gar nicht.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ich bin auch noch recht neu im Genre des skeletal drawings aber es lohnt sich, sich mal mit den theoretischen Grundlagen der Drachenantomie auseinander zu setzen ;)
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Artist
Cool!:)
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you =)
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Artist
Your welcome!;)
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks :hug:
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:iconnolo84:
Nolo84 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What are dragons most closely related to in this universe? Are they archosaurs? Squamates?
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MaxterandKiwiKing Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Varanid lizards.
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:iconnolo84:
Nolo84 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, heh, flying mosasaurs.
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MaxterandKiwiKing Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
More like flying moniter lizards.
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:iconnolo84:
Nolo84 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cladistically speaking, yes. I was more entertained by the idea that descendants of Mesozoic varaniods went two ways: into the water, and into the air.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
That were also my thoughts which lead me to the mosasaur derived sea serpents.
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:iconnolo84:
Nolo84 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think I've seen those.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
They are also in the Dragons of the world folder =)
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Cool!

You really make these things look realistic. When I read your descripts its hard to forget they're not even real. :)
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks =D
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This project is amazing! Make a sci-fi novel about it, now! :D
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
better, I write a pseudo-scientific standard book.
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