An Anhanguera Pterosaur (pterodactyl) skeleton at the North American Museum of Ancient Life.  The Anhanguera lived during the Upper Cretaceous period and had a wing span of up to 15 feet.  It’s fossils have primarily been found in the Santana Formation of Brazil.

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I decided to take a week out of Dinovember and devote it to extinct non-dinosaur critters! Dinosaurs are amazing but there have been so many weird non-dinos that have also lived on this planet! So I highlighted 7 of my favorite other reptiles that lived before the K-T Extinction.

Check the captions for more info on these critters.

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Thunderbird

A Thunderbird is an oversized large bird that has been reported for centuries. Native Americans knew of this creature and speak of it in legends. But as with most legends, there is truth behind it. A wingspan is typically estimated from 8-12 feet from witnesses, of which the first reports came in the late 1800’s. In 1890 it is said that two cowboys shot and killed a large bird that had no feathers, smooth skin and an “alligator head.” This report mostly resembled a Pterodactyl, could the species have survived past its mass extinction event?

On April 10, 1948 three people in Illinois claimed to have seen what they thought was a passenger plane until they noticed its wings were flapping. A few weeks later in Illinois two people saw a giant bird which projected a shadow the size of a plane’s shadow onto the ground. In 1977 in Illinois three boys were playing when a large bird came out of the sky and chased them. It picked one of the boys up and dropped him later after carrying him quite a distance. In 2002, a large bird which “looked like something out of Jurassic Park” was spotted in Anchorage, Alaska. Recently, reports of a giant bird have been seen in Texas.

What is the Thunderbird? Is it real or just a big hoax. Sightings of the creatures are rare, and only happen occasionally. Is it an oversized bird? Or a small family of Pterosaurs that has managed to survive until modern times? The answer lies in the skies, but we may never know.

Rhamphorhynchus

I watched some gulls dancing over waves today, plucking out morsels after each breaker. I managed to snap some photos because I thought they would make good reference. I didn’t plan on using the photos so soon, but there you go. Sometimes inspiration strikes.

I haven’t painted anything in a while. The gulls became Pterosaurs. This probably isn’t strictly accurate, but I wanted to catch the feel of the creatures as real animals rather than lizardy death machines.

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what would beats and sass look like if they werent pokemon?

beats would be a bat/pterosaur hybrid dragon and sass would be a smol feathered tyrannosaur (-like dinosaur) called AHMEKYOASSAUR (sound it out heheh)

the purpose behind this transformation is 99% because i want to use these characters in class projects but i can’t use copyrighted material LMFAO so just dro them slightly differnt with a new color pallet and its a brand new design yeyee, oh also since sass isn’t my sona anymore ive renamed her to YAAAASS

also yes i painted over yass’s tail becasue i didnt like the first one lmfao