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Please allow a few moments for it to load all the way, its a big file. Boy this one took forever. The plan was to get this ready for sale at Fanime back in May, but that didn't work out. It was very difficult doing a skeletal for a pterosaur, as I've never really worked much with pterosaurs. I kinda just jumped in and tried to tackle it. Overall I'm pretty pleased with the payoff. There is one bone used here that does not occur in real pterosaurs, I think I'll call it an Aeroid. And now, the flavor text:

Aerodactyl is a very robust flying reptile from an era long since passed. The first fossils of this Pokemon were discovered 142 years ago by Charles Othniel Birch and Edward Drinker Oak. Its skull and wing were very well preserved in fossilized amber. In the advent of the high age of high technology, the same tech boom that lead to the creation of Pokeballs, science has discovered the ability to reconstruct fossils as living Pokemon. Once revived, there were several interesting things not predicted in paleoart; especially the barbed tongue. It had been long assumed that Aerodactyls would catch Pokemon in its jaws and take them to the ground to rip them apart with their massive jaws, however, it was discovered that Aerodactyls only use their mighty maw to engulf much smaller prey and use their barbed tongue to pull the Pokemon down its throat whole. Their barbed tongue is not unique, and not unlike those tongues of Braviaries and Pidgeots. Science was also surprised that Aerodactyl was not, as displayed in outdated paleoart, brown or tan, but in fact, he was FABULOUS with great purple wings. He is also furry, science didn't see that one coming; way to go science.

Archen is a much more recently discovered prehistoric Pokemon. They were the juvenile stage of the larger Archeops, a predecessor to the modern bird Pokemon. Archeops laid large clutches of eggs, sometimes yielding as many as 15 baby Archen. However Archeops are now known to be terrible parents, letting their kids fly all over the place. As pictured here, they a real treat for a hungry Aerodactyl.

Cranidos are infant Rampardos. Once this species was revived, it was discovered that both the adult and juvenile stages are very slow. Infact it is not uncommon to see a Cranidos easily keeping pace with a Rampardos. What they lack in speed, they more than make up for in power. Rampardos is capable of dealing a 16,500 PSI impact from their dome. The Cranidos shown here is much more content to trundle off than deal with that big purple son of a bitch.

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:iconflyingkittyyt:
FlyingKittyYT Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
Wow. Impresive!
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SpeculaTimsauru5 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
this looks so possible
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kernda03 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017
Dude, all your artwork makes me REALLY want to see a live action Pokemon movie!!!!
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:iconblued1500:
blued1500 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016
your last comment with Cranidos cracked me up!
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Hbombindustries Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016
could you, by any chance, do missingno?
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:iconannnonymoose:
annnonymoose Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016
spoiler alert


he is not a dragon
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016
What?
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:iconkyeronn:
Kyeronn Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope he's a flying rock pokemon
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JoseRobertoRN Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Muy buen trabajo! Por lo visto, es una especie gigante de ranforricoideo. 
Sin embargo te faltó el uropatagio (la piel que va desde el dedo ganchudo a la base de la cola), para eso tenía esos extraños dedos en cada pie; y no sé si fusionaste las vertebras torácicas (los vertebrados voladores lo tienen para reforzar el vuelo a motor).
La unión de las alas a las rodillas en cambio me parece muy realista; a decir verdad los cuernos y esos espolones que salen de los codos parecen más de sobra, pero se entiende, ya que que tu punto es crear al pokemon lo más fiel posible. Por cierto esa vela en el lomo y en el pico lo hacen ver muy bien. Tal vez el del pico y la cola sirvan para medir el flujo y la dirección del aire, mientras que la del lomo (y los cuernos) me imagino que cumple con función visual entre sexos.
Pd. he visto polémica en el acomodo de los huesos del torso de los pterosaurios así que de eso no puedo darte información con seguridad.

Very good work! Apparently, it is a giant species of ranforricoideo.
However you missed the tail membrane (the skin that runs from the hooked finger to the base of the tail), for that was the strange toes on each foot; I do not know if fusionaste thoracic vertebrae (flying vertebrates have it to strengthen powered flight).
The union of the wings knees instead it seems very realistic; indeed rams horns and those leaving elbows seem more than enough, but it is understood, because your point is to create the pokemon as faithful as possible. By the way that candle on the back and at the peak make it look good. Perhaps the tail peak and serve to measure flow and air direction, while the back (and horns) I imagine that meets visual function between sexes.
P.S. I have seen controversy in the arrangement of the bones of pterosaurs torso so that I can not give you information securely.
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snugglesthedinosaur Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like a caulkicephalus mixed with a harpactrognathus. Noice
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EthanTavitas Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016  Student Artist
Nice work on the Aerodactyl.
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IrvinMondor Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016
its like a reality..
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SirFancyToast Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016
Fact: Aerodactyl would be 1000x scarier if he was the skeleton pokemon.
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:iconcjcroen:
CJCroen Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You mean like that one sprite of Missingno.?
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blahis34 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016
anyone else realize the reference to edward drinker cope and othneil charles marsh?
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:iconcjcroen:
CJCroen Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I did! It was a nice touch :D
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MeganBoss98 Featured By Owner May 17, 2016
I like the animation you did with Aerodactyl. Your work is amazing and I hope you keep it up! You've been improving greatly, and I wish I had skills like that Llama Emoji 27 (Awesome) [V2] 
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BouncyBloodBeast Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is random but I hate it when someone points out flaws in dinosaurs. "IT NEEDS FEATHERS??!!!" Like um... I don't care.
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arvalis Featured By Owner May 4, 2016
It is silly, like when someone tells me to add fur to a wolf.  Like who cares?!
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:iconbouncybloodbeast:
BouncyBloodBeast Featured By Owner Edited May 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well you don't have to if you don't want to XD

I love my dinos with scales. I don't care if they are "inaccurate" like do I really have to draw a rex with feathers.
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arvalis Featured By Owner May 4, 2016
We don't have 100% definitive proof that rex had feathers, its just very likely.  We do know that they didn't have traditional lizard-like scales.  We have a couple skin impressions of rex skin from the underside of the tail(an area that would likely be featherless anyway) and they have extremely small reticulae which wouldn't even be noticeable unless you're standing a few inches away.  So a featherless rex wouldnt be scaly, it would probably look a lot more like a naked bird mixed with an elephant.  
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BouncyBloodBeast Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah I love dinosaurs, and I know they prob have feathers, but if I want to draw one without them I don't want peeople to go "this that, the bonse, and etc are wrong"

it's annoying.
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arvalis Featured By Owner May 5, 2016
You should draw fantasy monsters or expressly state that you made it intentionally inaccurate.  Dinosaurs are real animals and care should be taken when depicting them.  You wouldn't make a sabre tooth tiger scaly right?  We have no impressions or mummies to show fur on any sabre tooth, but you'd probably still give them fur.  I'm sorry that its annoying for you when people point out inaccuracies but scientists and dinosaurs enthusiasts are just seeking representation of the real animals instead of outdated ignorant tropes.
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BouncyBloodBeast Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
What I mean is I don't want people commenting on how it's inaccurate. I don't care for feathers or anything, just when people nick pick. What scientists think to me doesn't matter (with exceptions to the obvious) 
But my think is when people complain about them having feathers. If you want it fine, make your own representation.

XD
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RedSpandex Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You guys had this long ass conversation that I found annoying. (._.  )
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
EPIC
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legendguard Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this, but the Aerodactyl has quite a few anatomical errors on it... (pointed wingtips, claws on the wing fingers, nostril outside of the naris in a separate hole, Ear in the lower temporal fenestra (this did not hold the ear in diapsids), missing prepubis, gastralia attached to the ribs, etc)
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MrsPixelAndDragons Featured By Owner May 29, 2016
I'm late but in my opinion aerodactyl is based on dimorfodon (one of pterodon family).
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:iconlegendguard:
legendguard Featured By Owner May 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pteranodonts are actually pterodactyloids, not basal pterosaurs like Dimorphodon (sometimes called "Rhamphorynchoids"). I find Aerodactyl being based off of one unlikely at best, as Dimorphodon had an oversized, rounded skull shape and small body, unlike Aerodactyl's large draconian one.

That being said, Aerodactyl actually seems to be based on all of the common inaccuracies displayed in pterosaurs (draconian tails, bat wings, double crests, missing elongated medicarpals, grasping feet, reptilian heads, etc) which makes it look more draconian in origin than pterosaurian.
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CJCroen Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pokemon sure has gone a long way with its paleontological accuracy, hasn't it?
Starting with crazy ammonite and eurypterid/horseshoe crab monsters and a cartoon "pterodactyl" to a polar sauropod and a feathered tyrannosaurid!
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legendguard Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not gonna lie, They went so far with the "Pturdodakdul" thing with Aerodactyl that when I first saw the design so many years ago, I thought it was just a regular dragon! But yeah, I'm liking the direction they were going with the fossils... although I guess they decided to skip that in this new gen...
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CJCroen Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To be fair, Alola is based on Hawaii, which doesn't have a lot of fossils in real life either.
I'm still hoping we'll have an azhdarchid fossil Pokemon sometime in the future though! Although if that happens, Archeops (my all-time favorite Pokemon) will have some stiff competition!
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legendguard Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If they make an Azhdarchid pokemon it'd be on my team faster than you could say "Humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa"
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:iconcjcroen:
CJCroen Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mine too ^_^
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
actually aerodactyl is not a pterosaur in our means, but much more a form from Propterosaur Pokemon to Dracunculidae Pokemon.
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legendguard Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Regardless, in this image the artist was going for a rhamphoryncoid/pterodactyloid hybrid, in which the anatomy is very wrong.

I do agree with Aerodactyl being draconian rather than pterosaurian though
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And i agree with ur first phrase in this case
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:iconlegendguard:
legendguard Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Then we are in agreement! *holds out hand so you can shake it*
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:iconvirusspazzattack:
VirusSpazzattack Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  Student Artist
However, the artist may draw as she chooses. It is her image of what it looks like- give it a try.
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:iconcjcroen:
CJCroen Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Arvalis is a man.
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:iconlegendguard:
legendguard Featured By Owner May 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I never said anywhere she couldn't make it a pterosaur. I don't really see what you're getting at here.
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
-shakes it-
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Goji1327 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016
Awesome design, i LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Cranidos' design, he looks exactly like a infant Pachyrhinosaurus, its so cool! 
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eel227 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Student Photographer
Make a friggen Calendar 
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fishofglass Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016
very impressive work!
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leontinees Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015
I think this one is the best of yours! :wow: :clap:
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:iconmoosyman:
moosyman Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015
Can you make animals completely from your imagination?
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lupisvulpessadblue Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015
i love itAdventure Mangle Paddleball Emoticon 
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Pempelune Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Student Writer
My, a furry reptile. My biology teacher would pass out.
I LOVE IT!
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:iconcjcroen:
CJCroen Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If your biology teacher has any knowledge of pterosaur biology, they'd be just fine with this, seeing as pterosaurs were indeed covered in a furlike structure known as pycnofibres.
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