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November 17, 2012
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Scleromochlus taylori by T-PEKC Scleromochlus taylori by T-PEKC
Scleromochlus taylori is small (about 20 cm long) enigmatic archosaur that lived during the late Triassic in what's now Scotland. It's ornithodiran archosaur, probably closely related to Pterosauria. Interesting fact is that what's known from this animal are not actual fossilized bones but rather their impressions preserved in a sandstone.

The filamentous integumentary structures presented in this reconstruction are speculative but not beyond realms of possibility.

Reference: Jaime A. Headden's skeletal drawing of Scleromochlus - [link] [link]

Media: Pencil (2B, 5B) on yellow paper.
Done: 2012.
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Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
I Believe I Can Fly..
T-PEKC Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
... and few million years later, its descendants did fly. :lol:
Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dynamic pose!
So, is it safe to assume this guy could be considered the "urvogel" of pterosaurs?
T-PEKC Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
I don't like to think about extinct animals as "urvogels" in respect to their particular group, because for me it's more or less artificial concept, but since most phylogenetic stydies of pterosaurs put Scleromochlus as basal (or basal most) member of the clade, I guess you can call it the pterosaurian "urvogel". At least until new fossils change this view. :)
Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree!
Durbed Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Fantastic, you did a great job with the integument and the dynamic pose. The detail is also gorgeous.
T-PEKC Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Thank you! :)
Qilong Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Nice! I'm biased because of the source material, but...

Just one point: While there is a good possibility basal pre-pterosaur/pre-dinosaurs had some form of "covering" like you show, spiny or vaguely fur like, the little "Hardened Devil" sported a row of osteoderms down the back, and along the belly, plates not dissimilar to crocodilian osteoderms, but very thin. It's likely, then, that Sclero would have been armored, scaly, and not all that fluffy.
T-PEKC Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Thank you!

See, I didn't know that. Not enough researching on my side. I considered that croc-like osteoderms are probably basal to ornithodirans, but overlooked the osteoderms on the back. That's the main problem with my reconstruction then. Though I think that the filamentous structures could grow from between the scales (as what's the case with feathers growing from between the scale on the feet on some modern birds), so their presence is not that far-fetched considering the distribution of non-scaly integumentary structures among ornithodirans. BTW, I tried to give the whole ventral side of the animal crocodilian like osteoderms, but smaller and more delicate.

Anyway, thank you for pointing out thse obvious inaccuracies! I need to research better sometimes.
ForgottenDemigod Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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