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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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Raptorboy998 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Vey nice! I can see how they would become extinct in China and the like, but couldn't there be a living relative in the likes of New Guinea for instance?
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
How I said, it's a pritive sea serpent, it was maybe already the last of it's kind during it's best times.
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Evenape Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is an awesome concept man! Although I could still wonder how would you explain the wyrm, as :iconkatepfeilschiefter: did above me

*Extra points for using the very archaic pronounciation of the Yangtze river :D
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you =)
the myth of the wyrm dragons have several reasons. One the one hand it's obvious that many of these dragons were just snakes, even the hydra [link]. On the other hand it#s possible that some of the "snakes with wings" were inspired by dragons like Umbragrus which have long necks and tails and short legs which they can fold very well under their body, in flight they look nearly leg-less. And at least I must say that not all these myth are true, some are just metaphores or old bed time storys.
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Evenape Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome :)

That's interesting... Although I would love to see a genus of freshwater sea serpents in Europe... or even a feral population...
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It seems to be a trend lately to separate western and eastern dragons. But I think it came about from people forgetting the existence of the more common serpentine wyrm. They're essentially identical to eastern dragons but without the frilly aesthetics. Some do have wings, but many don't. I always saw them as the link between the east and west. Hypothetically, certain hexapodal dragons could have developed a ground dwelling lifestyle, lost their wings, took to the water and then traveled southeast into asia, becoming eastern dragons.

Anyway, just my biology headcanon. I really love these designs you're coming up with.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you =)

I don't seperate eastern and western dragons, Jangtsenatator is just one animal which helps to form the myth. We must always seperate the myth and the true animal.
One of the Main inspiration sources for the Long was Confuciosaurus and that's a animal which is clearly realted to other species from the western world.

the myth of the wyrm dragons has several reasons. One the one hand it's obvious that many of these dragons were just snakes, even the hydra [link]. On the other hand it's possible that some of the "snakes with wings" were inspired by dragons like Umbragrus which have long necks and tails and short legs which they can fold very well under their body, in flight they look nearly leg-less. And at least I must say that not all these myth are true, some are just metaphores or old bed time storys.
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FluffySpiderz Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Funny, I had just begun my own concept sketch for an Asian dragon recently. Mine is more lizardlike, though.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
=D
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Almost like a modern Mesosaurus, isn't it?
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's relative with primitive Mosasaurs or Aigialosaurs =)
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I thought about that at first, actually.

But for some reason I remembered the older Mesosaurus. The damn creatures were among my favourites when I was a kid. So silly looking. ^^

Keep the great work.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Indeed, these jaws are awesome =D
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Agreed. :D
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Adz6661 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This fascinating aqua-dragon reminds me abit of a Nothosaur/Mosasaur/Placodont/Komodo Dragon mix... Awesome work! :D
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you =D
It's nearest relatives are mosasaurs or aigialosaurs.
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Adz6661 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome dude :D Ooooo I can clearly see the ancestral traits that would allow it to be related to the Mosasaurs or Aigialosaurs :)
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Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
How could anyone hurt such an adorable animal? I know most people find reptiles unattractive, but seriously- look at those eyes! They're so benevolent and trusting! Oh well, history is history. Other than fish, what do you think these guys eat? Also, I like how you incorporated many of the details of the legend, like how its skin seems scaleless like its counterpart in the legend. And is that reference to primitive, almost limb-like flippers a slight hint towards some form of terrestrial locomotion?
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks :hug:
They were not able to rob on land but were maybe maybe very mobile in shallow water. They probably ate fish, lobsters and clams... maybe also carrion.
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Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Ah, I see. So any idea what's next?
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sweet! :D
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks =D
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raptorman123 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Here's an idea for an expansion to the GDM. How about a park that showcases the prehistoric and recently-extinct relatives of some of the more fantastical animals?
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Unluckily my GDM and the part time humans universe aren't the same :blushes: I should have make that clear before.
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