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Dryonychus by Hyrotrioskjan Dryonychus by Hyrotrioskjan
Beside a few fragments from mongolia and europe there is no known Monopterna species which is older than Dryonychus.
The small 1,5 m long long animal was found in 1956 in Linxia (China). The skeleton is headless and severely damaged.
It was flightable but the long legs suggest that it hunts mostly on the ground.
The describer of the holotype assume that Dryonychus stands near the origin of the Insuladraconidea and the Confucosauridae.
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome job on this! :thumbsup:
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks :lol:
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mattsandwik Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Excellent work
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :lol:
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TheOneTrueSirCharles Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
Cool name!
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks :bow:
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TheOneTrueSirCharles Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome!
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Silver-ShadowOni Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student General Artist
I thought it was a dinosaur! Nope, it's a dragon twice as good.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Haha, thank you =)
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Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Beautiful! Another new dragon. How old is this species, approximately? Also- I really love how it looks, essentially, like a fully bipedal varanid with wings.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :hug:
The fosslis were found in 30,6 million year old layers.
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Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Ah, I see- so where does it stand in relation to other dragon species? How does it fit into the whole puzzle. Also- interesting to see a smaller dragon fitting into a different niche while the Diplopternans ruled the skies as large predators attacking large prey. I imagine this period of time heavily influenced the traits of later Aquilapoda.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Dryonychus stands near the base of the Serpentipoda and near the origin of the Monopterna itself.
It's indeed very interesting to think about the ecological changes of this time, the first Monopterna appear and the first big Diplopterna spread over the world. At the same time the climate change, it became colder and dryer, the giant rainforests shrink and large herbivores evolve on the new open spaces.
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic! :D
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks =D
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