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Cycnorhamphus by Hyrotrioskjan Cycnorhamphus by Hyrotrioskjan
Cycnorhamphus is one of the strangest pterosaurs I know, the form of the jaws, the unusual dentition and the soft tissue parts which are preserved are unique in ctenochasmids. Yes, ctenochasmids. It's not obvious but the next relatives of this animal are pterosaurs like Pterodactylus and Gnathosaurus.
I speculate about the diet of this animals for a long time. Laid at my bed, stared at the wall and thnik about this bizarre structures. At the end I found three solutions which would be fitting.
1. small animals which live in the mud and water of tidal pools
2. crabs and clams like depicted in the small picture.
3. the seeds of cycads, the jaws are very suited to grab such food and how I learned lately was the jurassic a hotspot of tree fern radiation.
(bats are also known to eat sometimes the seeds of this plants, they seem to have no problem with the poison of the plants)
Here I depict two specimens which glide through a deep gorge somewhere in southern germany.
(media here: pencil, watercolor, Gouache. All on paper)

edit: I designed a logo for the project, hope you like it. It's the shape of an Pterodactylus, more of this animal soon.
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:iconthedubstepaddict:
TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ich liebe diesen Flugsaurier! Ich hab aber gedacht dass er mit Caviramus verwand ist! Dummes Internet!
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:icondinosaurlover83:
Dinosaurlover83 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Student Artist
My fav Pterosaur! (mainly cause its so derpy!)
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
=D
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:icondinosaurlover83:
Dinosaurlover83 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015  Student Artist
=)
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:iconheytomemeimhome:
Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
I thought there would be more images of this guy?!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
At the beginning of this series I planed to make just one picture per creature, so this is already more than promised...
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:iconheytomemeimhome:
Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
I meant on deviantART in general ....
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Ah, ok =)
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:icontraheripteryx:
Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So. Jetzt kam ich mal dazu.
Wie bereits gesagt: Einfach umwerfend!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Dank' sehr =D
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:icontraheripteryx:
Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Keine Ursache!
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:iconlamastok:
Lamastok Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Pterosaurs are awesome. I will never thank Witton enough for his book. 
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
:nod:
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:iconlamastok:
Lamastok Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Pterosaurs can go completely WTF so easily :D
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:iconshinreddear:
ShinRedDear Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Now that is one very strange jaw ! And beautiful work ! :D
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :bow:
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:iconshinreddear:
ShinRedDear Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
No problem. Your art is very inspiring. :)
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:iconbirdgvee:
BirdGVee Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Boy, that's one big canyon. I love your way of drawing backgrounds. :)
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot :bow:
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:iconpaleojoe:
PaleoJoe Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Just breathtaking. Why haven't I been watching you.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional General Artist

Thanks =)

I don't know, but sometimes we all make such mistakes =)

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:iconpaleojoe:
PaleoJoe Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You are welcome, and yes we do make mistakes

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:iconarchipithecus:
Archipithecus Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you =D
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is brilliant! The cliff totally dominates the landscape, but it's no worry, because in tis environment the pterosaurs looks really natural and normal, in peace with their world :) btw, is Cyncoramphus a new pterosaur? I haven't heard much about it, let alone illustrated it...
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional General Artist

Thank you very much  my friend =D

It was once called Gallodacylus and it's indeed a rarely depicted animal =)

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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seriously, this is Gallodactylus?
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:icongrroselli:
grroselli Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
incredible use of the watercolors, truly amazing
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :lol:
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:iconherofan135:
herofan135 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really beautiful, love all the detail and your use of colours! :wow:
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot :lol:
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:iconleggurm:
Leggurm Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Strangest jaws ever. Good job, especially the canyon.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much :bow:
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:iconleggurm:
Leggurm Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No worries.
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:icondinobirdman:
DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Student Artist
Aww cool background!:wow:
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :lol:
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:icondinobirdman:
DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student Artist
You're welcome!;)
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:iconpilsator:
pilsator Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks :bow:
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:iconzippo4k:
Zippo4k Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
...Isn't this based on the work of David Peters?
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Haha, it's not based on Peter's darwing, but Peter is one of the supporters of the theory that this specimen was not a diseased one =)
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DrawingDinosaurs Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope, this is actually visible on the fossil without any of Peter's computer manipulations.
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:iconsanderkools:
SanderKools Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
On this specimen the jaws seem to be normal:
perhaps the above one is just a 'handicapped' ptero?
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DrawingDinosaurs Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
From what I've read, the straight jawed specimens are presumed to be juveniles, the odd-jawed specimen representing an adult. 
But as you can gather from some of the comments below, other's disagree with this and think the skull just represents a diseased or malformed individual. I wouldn't be surprised if it was, but it makes a fun thing to draw in the meantime.
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Zippo4k Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Best way to determine this would be to go out and find more specimens! :)
Repetition of a phenomenon lends its self to the notion that whatever it is isn't abhorrent.
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Zippo4k Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Oh thank goodness! I was really startled at first to be honest! I'm not familiar with Cycnorhamphus (actually, that could be said about a lot of pterosaurs...:() and looking it up I was met with a model by Peter that looked like what was portrayed. Phew! :)
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:icondrakonial:
Drakonial Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Why don't German prehistoric animals get more love? These animals are amazing!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you =D
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:iconorionide5:
Orionide5 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Wow, spectacular drawing! But it seems that most resources depict it looking much more... normal.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional General Artist

Thanks :bow:

This reconstruction is indeed controversial.

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