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Megaceloxus atlanticus by Hyrotrioskjan Megaceloxus atlanticus by Hyrotrioskjan
Megaceloxus is the first member (late oligocene to early miocene) of an very specialized dragon family which also contain Volatiosuchus, during their evolution they show some refining developements of their body plan for long-distance flight and fishing lifestyle. The neck became shorter but the snout longer and the teeth thinner, the tail became shorter and the keratinous crests larger.

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Because of some new informations and some material I get from colleagues it was necessary to redraw this animal, I also notice some flaws on my first dragons, so I will maybe remake the whole series again with much more effort on accuracy.
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:iconadrirex:
AdriRex Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AMAZING ART!!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks :bow:
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Increality Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
I like these ones with the AO feel
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :lol:
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:iconraptorman123:
raptorman123 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Is that dragon picking its nose?
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes =D
Because of the many salt they absorb with their food they need to excrete it somehow. Like iguanas from Galapogos they do it throw the nose and this individual tries to remove the salt crust =)
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:iconramul:
Ramul Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
That's the best facepalm I have seen.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Haha, so kann man das auch sehn =D
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:iconmattsandwik:
mattsandwik Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Excellent work
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks =)
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:iconxenokingevan:
XenokingEvan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Does it dive into the water or caches them in the air
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
It catches fish from the air =)
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:iconxenokingevan:
XenokingEvan Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
ok
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:icontheonetruesircharles:
TheOneTrueSirCharles Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome coloration mate!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you =)
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:icontheonetruesircharles:
TheOneTrueSirCharles Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome!
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:iconpivotshadow:
PivotShadow Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Come for the dinosaurs, stay for the dragons.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Haha, thanks a lot :lol:
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ObsidianSeaHorse Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I fell over snickering when I showed this to my 15 year old brother. He promptly started flailing yelling omg dragons were real?! He he, you know your drawings are good when- LOL
Made my day.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Haha :rofl: I would like to see that :lol: I always try to fool kids but when even 15 year old boys believe it... thanks for sharing =D
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:iconobsidianseahorse:
ObsidianSeaHorse Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
With your quality of art you could compile a text book and try to sell it to college level cryptobiology classes LOL
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm working on something similar already ;) [link]
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:iconiltassista:
ilTassista Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
maybe the most wonderful dragon in this series
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much :lol:
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:iconop-girl16:
OP-Girl16 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Der sieht auch wieder genial aus:D
und tolle Farbe^^

aus was bestehen die "Höcker" am Schwanzende?
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Danke =)
Diese Segel bestehen auf mehreren Schichten schwammigen Keratingewebes und einer verhornte, dünnen, pigmenthaltigen Außenhaut. Sehr leicht, aber dennoch stabil.
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:iconop-girl16:
OP-Girl16 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool^^
und wozu dienen die Segel u.a.?
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Zum steuern und um Sexualpartner anzulocken (bei Männchen sind sie oft etwas größer und auffälliger gefärbt)
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:iconop-girl16:
OP-Girl16 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dachte ich mir schon^^
zeigst du bei einer Art wie die ausehen während der Paarungszeit?
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Besser, ich hab das schon für eine handvoll Gattungen gemacht =D
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:iconop-girl16:
OP-Girl16 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool!:D
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Danke ´=D
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MaxterandKiwiKing Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
I like this one alot.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you =)
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Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
If I remember correctly, wasn't Megaceloxus the first of the Aquilapoda? It's easy to see, in this picture, how a dragon like Allipolestes would be related to it- I can see the traits everywhere. A complete reconstruction of the series seems unnecessary to me- but I suppose the artist always can find a flaw. If you are going to though, proceeding forward through time and the phylogenic tree might be a good idea- and it seems like that's what you're doing anyways.

On the other hand, I simply adore this dragons posture in the picture; preening while perched. The way you position your dragons, it's easy to imagine motion, even if they're stationary. I can see this dragon flying, walking, and doing all sorts of other things. Why hadn't nature gone this way in reality?
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much my friend :hig:
It is indeed one of the first, he had already a jugalic fenstrae and traces at the tail bones suggest that the species had some crests like most modern aquilapoda.
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Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
I imagine at this point in time the tail crests were more for steering or display than the weaponized tails of some of the later Aquilapoda? I also love how it's starting to develop the horns that characterize the distinct skulls of the exceptionally famous Aquilapoda.

Also- I've been inspired by some of these new dragons for more "scientific journal" articles pertaining to your work similar to that thesis I wrote up, except as an almost textbook-like write-up on the biology, behaviour, ecology, and conservation of some of the modern species. Of course, I'm asking for your permission before going ahead. What do you think?
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Of course you get my permission :lol: if it's canon or not can be decided later.
One correction, the tail crests are not used for fighting, that's also a invention of the legends, they are mostly used for dispaly and steering. Only Cryotaurus have additionally a different use. When male and females begin to build their nest they "clap" their tails together to say "here we are, don't come near".
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Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Thank-you very much :D I'll be sure not to let you down.

Ah, thanks for the correction to the use of the tail crests, though I'm certain they'd still hurt a lot if you got hit with the dragon's tail. Tail-slapping is still a major part of a varanid's defensive strategies.
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thnaks =)
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Skull-Island-Master Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
wie intelligent sind die drachen eigentlih ?
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Die meisten sind ungefähr so intelligent wie Warane, können also z.b. bis 7 zählen, ein paar Arten, wie der Limatops, sind noch um eniges intelligenter und reichen schon fast an den IQ von Raben heran.
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful! :D
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks my friend =)
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student Artist
Nice drawing.:)
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you =)
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:icondinobirdman:
DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Artist
Sure and no prob!;)
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Hellraptor Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lovely :)
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks =D
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