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Mirolong prealautus by Hyrotrioskjan Mirolong prealautus by Hyrotrioskjan
Most extinct dragons, especially smaller genera are only known by one specimen. Mirolong is no exception, but in this case it's at least a very good preserved one. To be honest the preservation state is astonishing. The fossil was found in the Shanwang National Geological Park which is known for fantastic fossils of all sorts and more than 600 species of plants, invertebrates and vertebrates.
Beside big parts of the skeleton there are also soft tissue parts. A small part of the wing membrane is known and a scarp of skin, but the most exiting feature are the two very long scales and a couple of similar bristles at the hips.
Mirolong was- how phylogenetic analysis recently confirmed- a sister taxon of the Cryodraconidae and near related to Eoiactator.
This species may change the way we depict early Cryodraconidae and the evolution of dracofuzz.
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Teratophoneus Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
das wird ja immer besser und besser,
gerade der bereich in dem die finger in die flughaut übergehen sehen wunderbar aus. Auch die federn sehen toll aus und geben dem tier einen "charismatischen" look. Gefällt mir wiedereinmal sehr gut

PS : Der Ascialophorapor dauert etwas länger, in den letzten tagen bekomm ich irgendwie nix auf die reihe,ich hoff aber das diese blockade bald wieder verschwindet.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Is nich schlimm, ich selbst erst kürzlich festgestellt das ich einfach kein Künstler für Aufträge bin, Skizzen ja aber mit allem was darüber hinau geht hab ich total schwierigkeiten.
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AustralianMarcus Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
This is fantastic, you even included the fossil.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks :lol:
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:icondinobirdman:
DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student Artist
I've never seen this dragon has a fuzz. Beside, it looks wonderful!:D
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Many thanks =)
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:icondinobirdman:
DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Student Artist
You're welcome!:)
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mattsandwik Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Excellent work
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks =)
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks =)
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Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
What a spectacular skeletal in the top right of that insert. This particular dragon doesn't look like a particularly strong flyer, was it arboreal? Also- nice touch making it closely related to the Cryodraconidae, the only other branch of the dragon family- apart from one convergent occurrence in Uxuldraco -known to possess feather-like structures.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you =D

Well I would not say feathers, the Dracofuzz is very different to the plumage of birds.
Beside the antomy there is not much we known about this species, we don't know what it feed or how it lived. It's possible that it lived partly on trees but we will have no clue until more fossils, especially of the legs will be found.
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Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Ah yes, I was wondering why it didn't show off the characteristic Aquilapoda foot- because the illustrator didn't have access to that part of the fossil. Nice touch.
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MaxterandKiwiKing Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The story of how dragons ALMOST evolved feathers.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's called Dracofuzz =)
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Drakonial Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
So... dragons came close to evolving feathers. That's pretty cool. I wonder what a species covered in those would look like.

Perhaps Quetzalcoatl would know :P
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Not feathers (they are very different from feathers ;)) and you have certainly already seen some species which are covered with these structures, their names are Gelupterus, Cryopterus or Iubadraco.

Quetzalcoatl was inspired by Uxuldraco: [link]
Here a few antique drawings of the animal: [link] [link]
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Drakonial Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Wow, I'm not very good at remembering things. Thanks for being so helpful.

I guess part of the reason I forgot about them could be because the longer scales aren't very prominent in many cases.
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Andorou-Khan Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Nice display ribbons on Epidexip... I mean, Mirolong! :D
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
:rofl:
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Raptorboy998 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Absolutely fantastic! What time period did this beasty live in?
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
During the Miocene
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
:hug:
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
;P
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DeeJaysArt1993 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Wow amazing
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you =)
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DeeJaysArt1993 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Your welcome
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