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Sharov's Little Dragon by Eurwentala Sharov's Little Dragon by Eurwentala
Did I mention I have a thing for epiphytes?

Sharovipteryx mirabilis, the only known animal in the history of life that had wings on it's hind limbs. I have for a while been trying to make sense of this animal and imagined what it might have looked like in life. Here's my latest attempt, which might look slightly too much like a fantasy dragon, but then again, so do some modern animals.

In most modern animals, the border between flight membranes and limbs or torso is not clearly visible, as it is often depicted in paleoart. The membranes will look like they're, well, part of the animal, and fold out of sight when the animal is resting, which is what I tried to show here. The front limbs could have also had some membranes and acted as stabilizers, though this area is not preserved in the fossil.

Known from a single fossil from the Triassic Madygen formation in Kyrgyzstan, Sharovipteryx is a mysterius animal. It's thought to be related to the protorosaurs, a diverse assemblage of weird animals that lived during the Triassic. They're archosauroporphs, distant cousins of crocodiles, pterosaurs and birds. They coexisted with a few other weird reptile-like animals and thousands and thousands of insects.

For the plants, I took inspiration from modern epiphytic mosses and ferns. The ferns are modeled after the modern genera Trichomanes, Microsorum and Pyrrosia. The hanging moss-like things are not exactly mosses, but vascular plants related to modern Selaginella oregana.
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really cool
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JokerCarnage5 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks really good.
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randomemaster360 Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm seriously wondering now how Pterosaurs would have looked like if they went on this evolutionary path, with the hind limbs being the wings.
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TrilobiteCannibal Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm pretty sure David Peters thinks this guy is closely related to pterosaurs
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ACoolBreath Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
peaceful
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TrottingPeryton Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My mind is still boggling on how this could work out.
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Phelipi21 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
Impressive work! Clap Clap 
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RavinWood Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
I think a type of frog will evolve like that in the future
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acepredator Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
The Triassic was a time of freaks.
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TheDilophoraptor Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional
Haha, exactly. :D
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is crazy beautiful and very well done! I love the paleoflora and the resting pose of the Sharovipteryx :clap:
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional
Thanks! :) It took quite a while to arrive to these poses.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
I really appreciate such innovative poses =)

Oh, and that was a really nice interview on 
Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs :thumbsup:
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aspidel Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's well done, I like it! I like how you drew the plants.
And indeed a fun critter.
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They do look really dragonlike in this drawing and they're cute :)
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional
Thanks. :)
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :)
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qwertyfiona Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
 
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AlexornisAntecedens Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
There so cute! Wonderful drawing!
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
This is so cool.
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SkepticAvA Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Beautiful art.
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NorthWyrm Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Oh my god they are so cute!
I've got an old, old, old book with pictures of these somewhere, and they looked a bit odd. When people draw them more dragon-like (for lack of a better term, although it's hard to think of something better than 'dragon!') they make more sense.
I LOVE THE COLOURS AS WELL! All grays and greens! This is a lush piece of art!
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Cyoan Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What an interesting creature! I always love seeing your tries on drawing hardly known animals and reading the information about them that you add in the description. Thank you so much, you really have one of the most interesting galleries I know and always put so much thought into your drawings!
Also, epiphytes are great and the branch looks super realistic; this really is a nice drawing :).
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional
Wow, thanks, that's wonderful to hear. :)

I tend to prefer the smaller, less known and more enigmatic creatures rather than Tyrannosaurus and other dinosaur superstars.
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Cyoan Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome. (:

Yeah, I can totally understand that. Those "superstars" appear almost boring compared to the creatures you show us!
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electreel Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
I absolutely love this! :) The sun-lit foreground looks very good in contrast to the gloomy sky in the background. 
By the way, is that reptofuzz or just scales?
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional
Thanks! :)
It's just scales, I think. Though I think quill- or filament-like fuzz is pretty easy to evolve and could easily have been aquired multiple times in archosauromorphs, so I could have added fuzz. Sharovipteryx doesn't look especially homeothermic to me, though.
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TheBattyCrow Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wings on one's legs? Can't really picture the efficiency of such a case :confused:... but then again, I've never had wings on my front or hind limbs, so who am I to talk?
I absolutely love your rep of this little creature! Absolutely gushing cute! It very nearly made me squeal aloud in a library as I viewed this :giggle:
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional
Haha, true. I suspect it wasn't very efficient after all, since Sharovipteryx is the only known case of leg-wings in the entire history of life. We don't know if it had any descendants or other relatives we simply haven't found, but at least they weren't very successful.

Thanks. These small early archosauromorphs were probably all disgustingly cute.
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TheBattyCrow Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol disgustingly cute is probably the best description :)
Aww, that's still too bad, would have been interesting to see what it spawned, if any :)
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TheBattyCrow Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol disgustingly cute is probably the best description :)
Aww, that's still too bad, would have been interesting to see what it spawned, if any :)
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sagittariussigner Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist
Great take in this animal.
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional
Thanks!
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PineRain Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this so much! The plants, the creatures, the style of the art... everything looks wonderful! I'd never heard of Sharovipteryx mirabilis before, so I'm glad you introduced me. :D
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional
Thanks. :)
I'm not perfectly happy with this one myself, but I'm glad to hear others like it.
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SylxeriaGuardian Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So cute and awesome at the same time :la:

And it's s amazing how you use real species of plants like that <3
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional
Thanks. :)
I think it makes paleoart more realistic when the full diversity of plants is taken into account. Plants are much more complex than most people think, and even the 'primitive' ferns and their allies come in surprisingly many forms.
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SylxeriaGuardian Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:

Indeed!  Sometimes I find it hard to find adequate references, but then again I'm pretty bad at searching for specific things x'D
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WhiskerfaceRumpel Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my word, a real dragon!!!  ;) 

I love how well they stand out from the background, yet still have both elements still fit together (if that makes sense).  Though different, you actually made the critters look so natural looking, and doing so can be a huge challenge!  So congratulations!!!  :lol:  This looks awesome!!! 
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Dragunalb Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
The reconstructions of Sharovipteryx I've seen so far have shown it hawing membranes between the hind limbs and the forelimbs too, what made it look like some ill-balanced and bad proportioned kite. I've got to say that your reconstruction of the animal in flight looks way more reasonable and realistic than what I've seen so far.
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Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So awesome! The hind limbs look at first sight like forelimbs! Never saw a reconsruction, like this before. Brilliant! It makes gliding way more easier for this archosaur! :la:
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