Pterodactylus on a branch sculpture

Pterodactylus on a cork branch by David Peters, 2013.

Pterodactylus on a cork branch by David Peters, 2013. Private commission.

On occasion I get private requests for pterosaur illustrations and sculptures. Here’s one, fresh in 2013, of Pterodactylus, to scale, on a cork branch. It portrays the wing membranes as they are preserved in the Vienna specimen and others, shallow at the elbow, readily stowed when the wings are folded and ready to deploy in a sailplane or nighthawk configuration when ready to take-off. It also echoes, with appropriate updates, an early Burian painting.

Note the long forelimbs give clearance for the long rostrum when on branches like this.

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