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Dsangisaurus robustus by Hyrotrioskjan Dsangisaurus robustus by Hyrotrioskjan
I was never satisfied with my first depiction of this species, idea and perspective were interesting but the implementation was not how I want it.
Dsangisaurus is large like a Eurvenator- maybe even a bit bigger- but more robust and with an different wingform (better for longer distances). The Dragon dominated the eastern part of europe and a small part of western asia during the pleistocene. Isotope analysis of the bones show that the animals migrate during winter southwards because of the harsh eurasian climate during that time.
There are 2 very well preserved specimens from the caucasian region and 4 other sites with fragments and partial skeletons in the rest of it's distribution area.
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ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how almost fox-like this one's head is.
Also, I've been drooling over your gallery for the past few minutes - I LOVE seeing realistic and feasible dragons and yours are absolutely fantastic.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much :bow:
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bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional
you do very nice work
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks =D
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gytalf2000 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Fantastic!
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :lol:
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mattsandwik Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Excellent work
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :lol:
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dinobenten Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
any mesozoic dragons?
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Raptorboy998 is right, Auroradraco and Appotomerus are the only knowns genera from the cretaceous =)
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Raptorboy998 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
There was a few basal ones like Auroradraco and Appotomerus, but all quite small.
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Felipenn Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great!!! The thick neck looks impressive!!!
I have a question: Is there any explanation why the dragons are so related with treasures and caves in ancient myths?
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot :bow:
There are several explanations, one is that dragons are indeed very protective at their nests which was maybe for the medieval people a reason to speculate about what the dragon could protect.
On the other hand some species of the northern hemisphere are indeed often hibernate or live in caves. Very important was also that first mines were dug into mountains, especially in the alps many treasures, like salt, iron, gold and other metals come from the mountains.
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Felipenn Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It makes sense!
I also thought that they could have some kind of interest for shiny metal objetcs, or colorfull ones, like some birds today!
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
I thought about that but the theory was already raised in "Dragons World".
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dinobenten Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
maybe they collected shiny things like birds do
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
I thought about that but the theory was already raised in "Dragons World".
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Terraraptor Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Will you be doing a standalone picture like this for palpaphoneus? The one you had fighting the thylacosmilus.

Also, will you be doing any other dragon vs cenozioc animals pics?
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Maybe, I never plan much in the future =)

But there will be indeed more cenozoic animals, but maybe not "vs" pictures.
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Terraraptor Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Cool, well, I can't wait to see whats next. You really make these dragons come to life.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
:bow:
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
That thing's wingspan would have made look enormous. Something I've always wondered: was the rear toe ever a perching adaptation, or is it just for grabbing prey?
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
What function comes first is not known but smaller species to day use these claws for both.
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Drakonial Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
First of all, I would like to say that I agree completely with everything Zinnorokkrah has said. This dragon is simply amazing.

And secondly, I have a question. You mentioned that this species ranged into Asia, so I was wondering if there were any Lung-like dragons. These dragons seem to be more like European dragons, and I haven't seen anything in your gallery that resembles Asian dragons. Would those be related to these dragons as well, or would they be a different branch on the tree of life?
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
~Zinnorokkrah is right. We must distinguish between the myth and the animal itself. The Confuciosauridae were the main inspiration for the Long but other animals become also a part of the legends, for example the Buru (Lanthanotus titanis) several big freshwater fishes, the komodo dragon, and indeed a, now extinct, freshwater sea serpent.

Similar phenomenons are known from europe, many "water dragons" for example, were actual sae serpents (Nessie are juvenile Navivenator specimens) griffons are the result of tales about dragons and birds and the Wolpertinger is inspired by young Cryopterus and the imagination of drunken hunters.
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Raptorboy998 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Maybe there could be some small mangrove dwelling species?
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Drakonial Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Thanks for the clarification. I love how you manage to explain all of these legends with believable creatures.

Also, have we seen Navivenator before or did I just miss it in your gallery?
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
it's relatively long ago that I post this species, it's totally possible that you missed it (Even I forget sometimes what I made already ;))
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Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
So far as I know, the Asian dragons are embodied entirely by Confuciosaurus, its ancestors- like the recently unveiled Emodraco -and its close relatives Tarimhesaurus and Umbragus. But no, there are no specifically lung-like dragons in Hyrotrioskjan's project... unless he has a semi-terrestrial sea serpent hiding in his plans. [Hint, Hint]
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
... Oh I meant sea serpent :blushes:
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
There is indeed a seasnake in my plans... ;)
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Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
So I was right? Huh, I guess great minds think alike- or similarly mad ones... ;) I wonder what a semi-terrestrial sea serpent would look like...
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
They were full aquatic and between 3 and 4 meters long ;)
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Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Oh well :P Can't wait to see them anyways.
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
looks great! :)
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks =D
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Wow, "robustus" indeed. Look at this guy! It's actually in a rather submissive posture but it still looks and feels like the kind of animal that just radiates power. I just love how rugged, heavy, and powerful it looks in comparison to its close relatives. If Eurovenator is the Water Monitor of the Wyvernidae, then this is the Komodo Dragon of the Wyvernidae. Bigger, meaner, stronger. I'd imagine if it reared its head it would be just as tall as the Confuscisaurus, which is the largest dragon in the project- if memory serves. This is an animal worthy of the legend it created- THIS is the embodiment of the Western Dragon. Spectacular!
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you sooooooo much :hug:
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Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
No problem. Out of curiosity, when did this guy go extinct?
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
They extinct during the 15th and 17th century
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Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Hmm... that's rather a lot more recent than I thought, actually. Is there the possibility that this particular dragon is the species that terrorized the Geats under Beowulf? [Because if so, I've got one awesome 'document' brewing in my brains]
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh sorry, I thought you mean the sea serpent, my fault :blushes:

Dsnagisaurus extinct at the end of the last ice age, these animals were perfect suited for the tundra and taiga ecosystems of the Pleistocene. Wing form suggest that they hunt larger, slower prey like buffolos and young mammoth and rhinos, the growing forests and the disappering prey signified the end for this species, the Eurovenator population, which was just a shadow beside the Dsangisaurus during the ice ages, increase because this animals are very manoeuvrable and able to hunt smaller, faster prey.
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Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Oh well- it was worth a shot :P And the reason makes a lot of sense- it's basically the same sad story as the rest of the highly specialize megafauna. But hey, I've got dates of extinction for both of them now. What dragon do you think inspired the dragon in Beowulf?
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
The most possible species for the Beowulf story is Cryopterus, but I think it was more than one dragon they killed.
Another theory, which is very controversial, is that the dragon was one of the last Gelupterus specimens.
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