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Anurognathus by Eurwentala Anurognathus by Eurwentala
Anurognathids seem to have been really weird, even in pterosaur standards. They had a round, frog-like head with sharp teeth and huge eyes. Their heads seem to have been covered in pterofuzz all the way to the snout, and had some longer, whisker-like fibers.
Even weirder, the edges of their wing membranes were hairy, similar to the combs found in owl wing feathers ([link]). This is the mechanism that lets owls fly silently. Anurognathids seem to have had a silent flight too.

This critter was drawn as a small sketch without references. Sorry for the anatomical inaccuracy.
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks quite good!
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cuddlesaurus21 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
What an interesting little creature!
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Sia-the-Mawile Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's adorable.
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Terizinosaurus Featured By Owner May 17, 2015
I´ m sorry , my English is not to good , I mean the picture is fantastic , thank you for understanding.
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Terizinosaurus Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
It is very great !!!
VERY HILARIOUS DRAWING!!!
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Helixdude Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perhap it too was a nocturnal predator like a owl.
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lemurkat Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These were once real creatures? I just googled the name. What weird critters! Your rendition is adorable.

I am now inspired to move onto prehistoric animals when I finish my current project.
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Mrsjewfire Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Just saying this is truly a wonderful experience. Thank you for the info. And such a wondrous drawling. 
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Trendorman Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Awwww it's like a bat mixed with a flying squirle and a hint of lizard
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Professional
Pretty much that. :) And a bit of a fluffy bird thrown in, as the fuzz might be more feather- than hair-like.
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Trendorman Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yah ....also I saw someone on YouTube youse this picture the youtubers name is Matt santaro
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revfultz Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Love it
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iherduleikdragonites Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When you really look at them, almost every pterosaur seems weird "by pterosaur standards." XD Anywho, this thing is flippin' ADORABLE!
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional
Well, yeah, you might be right. :D Though anurognathids are even weirder than usual.
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iherduleikdragonites Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agreed. They're little fuzzy weird cute bat things. What's not to love?
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iherduleikdragonites Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Though thinking about it, something like a nightjar would have been a better analogy...
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PineRain Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Adorable!
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TheRealMaestro Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
The pycnofibres make it look almost murid....
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
A bit too fluffy, considering these are from the mid-Triassic.... But not too bad all around.
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional
Umm, didn't Anurognathus live in the Late Jurassic? And why would it be too fluffy for any time period?
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Ohh, didn't know.
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CinnamonBunzuh Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
I quite like how much you made it resemble Durer's rabbit drawings.
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VeraThePolacanthus Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011   Photographer
This is the most cute Anurognathus i ever seen! :3
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Gegart Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
So much times I see this pics. Only today I know who is author :) Thx to you
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional
Thanks!
Do you mean the Mark Witton's Anurognathus or mine?
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Gegart Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
of course your Anurognathus
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional
Right. :) Can you tell me where you have seen it? Somewhere in the Internet?
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Gegart Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Ye, it's great. I heard about anurognathus somewhere in book. Then I was so interesting about him so I google anurognathus :)
So I meet this great pic
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Pterosaur-Freak Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
Wow! Just wow! That thing is so realistic... Way better than I could ever draw, that's for sure!
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
Love the pose! I am going to research these little guys!

Thanks
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indigomagpie Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
Hey, has anyone else noticed that the dragon in How to Train Your Dragon has an anurognathid head? Right shape, right eyes, right teeth... missing the whiskers but that's about it.

Probably coincidence.
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Professional
Yeah, I noticed it. :)
Probably a coincidence, but it both made the dragon much more awesome and gave a nice impression of what an anurognathid could have looked like (cute!). Of course leaving the ears away and adding pterofuzz.
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BardicSpoon Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
Zomg, flying rat! Gwahh so cute!
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Red-Tatsu Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
I like the weird little whiskers.
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babbletrish Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
I have never wanted a pet Pterosaur more. The rest of you can take the ones big enough to (hypothetically) ride on; I'll take this little bundle of ugly-cute.
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indigomagpie Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010
Wow, I never realised they were so cute!

The whiskers certainly suggest airborne insectivory - nightjars have pretty much the same thing.
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Tharos222 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
interesting look of this pterosaur. Looks like mouse
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DinosaurianDude Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
One of the, if not THE best reconstructions of this animal I've seen so far(although I'm not too certain about the length of the foorbones in the hindlegs). And interesting to learn about the soundreducing wingfuzz. Now I'm curious to wich birds also have these filaments on their wings, so I might get a deeper insight to anurognathids.
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Professional
Wow, thank you. :)
I'm not at all sure about the legs either, since I made this without any references.

I think this ([link]) Anurognathus by Mark Witton is awesome (just like his other works) and probably more anatomically accurate than mine. After all, he's the pterosaur expert and I'm the amateur.

The colours look quite a bit similar in both reconstructions, but I didn't copy them! I only saw the other one when mine was more than halfway ready.
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Student Writer
The foot bones do seem too long, but otherwise its good
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Professional
Thanks. :)
Not bad, then. I might do this again with a reference when I have time.
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Don't forget the 5th toe.... that long, annoying spiny one that all rhamphorhynchoids have. :D
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional
Ah, you're right. I forgot the annoying spiny thing. Well, I'll have to fix it next time. :)
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Professional
Oh, almost forgot. As I said in the comment for ScarecrowKing, the wing combs are well known from owls, but nobody seems to know if any other birds have them.
Since nightjars seem like excellent analogues for anurognathids, I'm considering going to bother people in the local nature museum and ask if I can get my hand on their stuffed nightjar and check.
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ScarecrowKing Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. I never even knew of this guys existance. He/she's really interesting. Maybe it filled a similar niche as the modern owl? Though it's hard to tell since they've been dead for millions of years. T-T

Saw an egret the other day that startled me. It was flying with it's neck stretched out and with it's legs dangling back. I had to double take because it looked almost exactly like a pterosaurs. Still not sure if it was really an egret.
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Professional
These things really are interesting. :) The anurognathids were quite small to eat vertebrates like owls do. For example, Anurognathus had a body lenght of less than 10 cm. Their teeth seem to be better suited for insectivory.

Maybe they were more like nightjar or bat analogues. Though bats don't have combed wing as far as I know, and nobody seems to know about the nightjars.
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felipe-elias Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
I love your pterosaurs. =)
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Professional
Thanks you! I really appreciate it. :)
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Fitz-Chivalry Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
Heh, awesome. Really well done.
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