Digital Art - Digital 3d Rendering/cgi
A trio of anhanguerii rest on a grassy, rock covered hill at the edge of the sea. One of the three pterosaurs squawks at the full moon that is just rising over the horizon over the ocean. Anhanguera was a type of pterosaur and cousin of the ornithocheirus. The bump in its bill was not quite as pronounced as that of its more well known relative. It lived in the early cretaceous about 115 million years ago.
"Wait a minute! Grass?!" you say. Yes, grass. While there may not have been the prairies and grasslands of today, there were forms of grass in the cretaceous (see http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn8336-fossil-dung-reveals-dinosaurs-did-graze-grass.html#.Uea2ao3FWSo ). Perhaps they even went back as far as when this particular breed of pterosaur roamed the skies. I might be stretching it a bit with this image, but the possibility is not as remote as one would have thought a decade ago.
A disclaimer about my paleoart: When it comes to paleoart, the images I create favor 'art' more than 'paleo'. While I try my best to depict animals as accurately as possible, I'm make no claim that they 100% scientifically accurate. The same goes for the environment I depict them in. I am primarily interested in creating aesthetically pleasing images and paintings. Scientific accuracy comes second behind artistic expression.
July 18th, 2013
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