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A slightly more serious take on the anurognathids-as-potoos idea. Anurognathus ammoni, the tiny Jurassic tree monster, momentarily perching on a branch and giving you a curious look before flying off to catch another mayfly.

Anurognathids had a wide, frog-like mouth, very big eyes for their size and peculiar tufts of pycnofibers (that is, the pterosaur version of feathers) on the trailing edges of their wings. They might have worked like the serrations on owl wing feathers that enable them to fly soundlessly.

I gave this Anurognathus a lichen-toned coloration for camouflaging on tree branches. I suppose it wraps its wings around itself and closes its eyes to slits when sensing danger. Perhaps suddenly opening those huge, bright yellow eyes would also work as an intimidating gesture for predators, much like the eyespots of many butterflies.

Drawn on MyPaint and colored in Photoshop. I really like my new Wacom tablet.


Edit. The lovely young man known as Dinomaniac made a beautiful derived painting of my Anurognathus. Look: dinomaniac.deviantart.com/art/…</i></i>
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ArtemisDragonheart Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student General Artist
This seriously reminds me of a south african bird called a night-jar. ^w^

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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
That's what it's based on, actually. :) South American nightjars, which are called potoos, to be exact.
These guys: 3.bp.blogspot.com/-bktP3JzhYWM…
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ArtemisDragonheart Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh wow cool
you learn something new every day :D

Damn dem eyes are huge!
I looks like someone squeezed them too hard XD
Still pretty interesting birds though
well done
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brandon-bowling Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Wait, you're telling me something like this actually existed? That's fantastic!
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:iconeurwentala:
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Agreed! Anurognathids are among my favourite Mesozoic creatures.
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Different as this is from my interpretation, I find it a very attractive and believable look for this critter.  :D
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
looks like the pootoo bird! XD
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:iconeurwentala:
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Haha. That's the idea, actually.
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
cool! XD
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GrammarshineHyena Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
xD  It's so cute!  I looks like a cross between a frog and an owl.  c:
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asaenvolk Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
now these things just need to have hung upside down when they rest.
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AlexornisAntecedens Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Aaaaaahhhhh!!!! Furry pterosaur! (It's freaking adorable.....)
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TheBattyCrow Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been so curious about your avatar and now-- HAH! I have found it!! :evillaugh:
This dude is seriously too cute for words, reminds me of modern-day Whip-poor-wills :XD:
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pilsator Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This works great!
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Thanks. :)
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Child-Of-Hades Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So cute! I want one :love:
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vinczeerno Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist
It looks like a prehistoric version of a Tawny Frogmouth.
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Basically yes. Though it was based on potoos instead of frogmouths. :)
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PineRain Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What a cutie!
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babbletrish Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, goodness, that's adorable!
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Imaginashawn Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I want one as a pet. Quick, build me a time machine!
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NorthWyrm Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
OH MY GOD FROG-BIRD CRITTERS EXISTED?!
O_O
Soo pretty! ^^
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Patrikia-Bear Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is legit.
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FluffySpiderz Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THat is easily the most adorable interpretation of any pterosaur I have ever seen
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TalonV Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE THIS! And yes.... this is what inspired me to look up potoos and use one of their aweosme photos as an icon... an icon that scared one of my friends to death but... eh-heh.. I must see more of these!!! :la:


I wanna make a personal species based on this sooooooooooooooooo badly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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electreel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Wow! It looks very nice! :) The coloration and line work are simply gorgeous. Needless to say, I thought it was a real potoo when I looked at the thumbnail. 
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student Artist
Nice pterosaur!:)
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
I really like your new Wacom tablet too. This is gorgeous.
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Wow, thanks. :) 
I'm trying to make one quick critter drawing like this each night to get some practice.
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Siqeja Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh.

Never thought I'd love a feathered agnurognathid quite this much. He's so CUTE. :lol:
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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This idea is fantastic! But the anurognathid's eyes do have a slightly scary look to them, like it's staring right into your soul
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
That was the intention. :) Creepy and adorable, much like many night creatures today.
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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Still standing by the bat-mimic version but this works nicely as well
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
More Mooooooore :la:
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
AUGH. What a fantastic idea, and well-executed. 
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
Wow, thanks. :)
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Cute. I want one.
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PivotShadow Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Now there's an unusual reconstruction. That kind of idea wouldn't be out of place in All Yesterday's!
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Thanks! I did take it as a compliment. :)
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PivotShadow Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Rereading my comment, I feel I should explain that I meant that as a compliment :)
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Franz-Josef73 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Insane looking little bugger! Awesome!
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