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Jangtsenatator dongi by Hyrotrioskjan Jangtsenatator dongi by Hyrotrioskjan
Not all legends have one origin. The chinese dragon is one of these cases. Beside the traditional Fucanglong, Yinlong and Feilong which are inspired by Confuciosaurus, komodo dragons; there are dragons like Jiaolong Quiolong and Panlong which are clearly have their origin in this freshwater sea serpent, bigger species from the oceans and crocodiles.
Jangtsenatator is already extinct during 15th or 17th century and it's remains are often sold on the black market what makes it difficult to get complete specimens. In most cases only one or two bones can be saved. Today we know about 70% of the skeleton. The genus must be very common in ancient times at the shores of the Jangtsekiang which was his original habitat, but thanks to the grand chanel it's destribution became even wider. It's possible that even Marco Polo sa this animals. On his deathbed he should have he reportedly said: "I have not told half of what I've seen".

The taxonomic position of this sea serpent is unclear is seems that it's part of an primitive group, because the front flippers shows still similarities with limbs for walking.
The some othe teeth are flat or truncated but the front teeth are mostly sharp are perfect for grapping fish which suggests a mixed diet. It's possible that the heterodont depiction chines dragons in art is based on this arrangement.
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raptorman123 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
This sea serpent reminds me of the mosasaur Platecarpus.
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MistaSilentKiller Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
did other species like these live in Africa too ?
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
There were once a european species of freshwater sea serpent, it's possiple that it also populate rivers of africa =)
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MistaSilentKiller Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool :)
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gdog00 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
i wonder how big each Sea serpent is.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
between 5 and 6m long
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mattsandwik Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Excellent work
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks =)
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Teratophoneus Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
sehr schön auch mal wieder etwas mehr von den aquatischen drachenverwandten zu sehen :D
Das tier erinnert mich an einen mosasaurier, am meisten an Dallasaurus
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Die Ähnlichkeit kommt nicht von ungefähr, Seeschlagen sind Nachkommen von primitiven Mosasauriern oder Aigialosauriern die sich am Ende der Kreide aufs tiefe Tauchen spezialisierten, deswegen und weil sie recht klein waren überlebten sie das K-P event.
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