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A Tupan Finger by Smnt2000 A Tupan Finger by Smnt2000

After Thalassodromeus and Nyctosaurus, here we are with the most weird looking of the crested pterosaurs.

This is Tupandactylus imperator, the "emperor Tupan finger". It's not just weird, it's awesome. A parrot-like beak on an azhdarchoid with a sail on its head. And with a lifestyle of a terrestrail toucan. You will not ever see an animal stranger than this.
About the reconstruction, the wings are just like Thalassodromeus' ones. For the same reasons too. The pycnofibres' crest is an artistic touch of mine: not impossible and cool looking. And I put on it a beard. Why a beard? One specimen shows us that pycnofibres were present on its lower jaw so...Yeah I know. I took this feature to the extreme. But hot damn, it suits it so well.
The original concept was similar to a green ara (and to "Trieboldia" too), but after a long talk with Matt Martyniuk, who gave me precious tips, I used a more "parsimonious" look.

And that's it.

Tupandactylus (meaning "Tupan finger", in reference to the Tupi thunder god) is a genus of tapejarid pterodactyloid pterosaur from the Early Cretaceous Crato Formation of Brazil. It is notable for its large cranial crest, composed partly of bone and partly of soft tissue. The Tupandactylus genus possibly contains two species, both bearing differently sized/shaped crests that may have been used to signal and display for other Tupandactylus, much as toucans use their bright bills to signal to one another. Tupandactylus crests consisted of a semicircular crest over the snout, and in the case of the type species T. imperator, a bony prong which extended back behind the head. A second species, T. navigans, lacked this prong, and had a much more vertical crest. Soft tissue impressions also show that the small bony crests were extended by a much larger structure made of a keratinous material. The complete crest of T. navigans rose in a sharp, sail-like "dome" high above the rest of the skull.

Coloured with Tria Markers, Adobe Photoshop and pencils. Based on cockatiel, mandarin duck and monarch butterfly.

References: Mike Hanson, John Conway, Matt Martyniuk.

Enjoy it!

On my blog too: ktboundary-smnt2000.blogspot.i…

EDIT: I hade some free time, so I added a bigger, better picture.

Ps: Sorry for the colours' quality. Bad scanner.

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:iconhawkwatcher:
hawkwatcher Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017
This is gorgeous 
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:iconsmnt2000:
Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much
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william023 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017
The eye of David peters did shed a crystal tear.
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:iconcysal89:
Cysal89 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
So weird 
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:icongrowliththepup:
Growliththepup Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016  Student General Artist
I need to say, your art is teaching me of tons of new Dinosaurs. Thank you for teaching me this x3
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:iconsmnt2000:
Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my, thank you! Glad to hear you say that :D
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:icongrowliththepup:
Growliththepup Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Student General Artist
Hue, keep it up please xD

(i feel desperate for saying this, but can you do one of my faves? its a Diphliosaurus.)
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey I just realized you are on pteros!
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:iconsmnt2000:
Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahaha yeah, I guess I was on the project too! I'll talk about it as soon as I can, so don't worry!
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yay
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:iconpaleosir:
paleosir Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks great!
One might ask himself how such an animal would fly with such thin wings lol
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:iconsmnt2000:
Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
Well, it depends on what that "thin"means - surely it didn't fly with a paper sheet-thin patagium
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:iconpaleosir:
paleosir Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I didn't mean thin as in thickness, but in how ''wide'' it was, it looks like it produces little lift.
But yeah, I'm sure it isn't that bad
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:iconjnredmon:
JNRedmon Featured By Owner May 15, 2016
Awesome.
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:iconsmnt2000:
Smnt2000 Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconsnugglesthedinosaur:
snugglesthedinosaur Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
much yes much wow
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:iconthedubstepaddict:
TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Verry accurate.
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:iconsmnt2000:
Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks
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:iconthedubstepaddict:
TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Took it as Whatsapp background
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:iconsmnt2000:
Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahahah oh my! Thanks a bunch!
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^^
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transpaleoartist Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016
This is by far the best restoration of this genus I've ever seen. Surely a bit flashy, but what else would you expect from something with ornamentation like that? :D (Big Grin) 
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:iconsmnt2000:
Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconhybrriid:
hybrriid Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Um Wow it looks like a dinosaurus butterfly
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:iconcm25:
Cm25 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Every pterosaur needs a beard. They could do without that enormous head, though.
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:iconterizinosaurus:
Terizinosaurus Featured By Owner May 17, 2015
I´ m sorry , my English is not to good , I mean the picture is fantastic , thank you for understanding.
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:iconsmnt2000:
Smnt2000 Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! oh, and thank you!
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Terizinosaurus Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
VERA HILARIOUS DRAWING!!!
IT IS FANTASTIC!!!
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:iconfluffyplesiosaur:
FluffyPlesiosaur Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
Holy crap, you're right, this is weird and creepy and awesome at the same time! I love the beard, very creative and beautiful.
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:iconsmnt2000:
Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Professional
nice job
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:iconsmnt2000:
Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks
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:iconmercurypaint:
MercuryPaint Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
No wonder it's extinct! How can it see?
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:iconsmnt2000:
Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What do you mean?
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:iconmercurypaint:
MercuryPaint Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
I mean that the crest seems too big for the thing to straight. No offense of course, this is great. I mean that the animal itself seems to have a really unnecessarily large amount of crest. 
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Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No offense taken, don't worry!
Since the crest is flat, I didn't understand why it should be a problem for the animal's vision ;)
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:iconsparklet-rayne:
Sparklet-Rayne Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now what a sight that must be. What female could possibly resist that?
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:iconsmnt2000:
Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He's sexy and he knows that
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:iconislandmasters:
IslandMasters Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
The crest is a bit too short for full flight stability.

See it in full flight in photos and films on:

www.island-masters.de
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:iconsmnt2000:
Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We don't have a complete Tupandactylus crest. I've just used a skeletal restoration made by Mike Hanson, which is a reliable source.
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:iconaflahrman:
AFlahrman Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Man my dino pictures aren't nearly as good as you guys.
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:iconsmnt2000:
Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just be patient ;)
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:iconaflahrman:
AFlahrman Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
okay. hey i just posted a new picture if you would like to see it
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:iconpaleo-reptiles:
Paleo-reptiles Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
beautiful Pterosaur
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:iconsmnt2000:
Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks
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:icondscapades:
Dscapades Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is insane ^^
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:iconsmnt2000:
Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, it surely is
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:icondscapades:
Dscapades Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
and very well done. excellent work.
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:iconsmnt2000:
Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:icondscapades:
Dscapades Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my pleasure honestly.
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