abby-howard:

ANOTHER ANATOMY POST! Only three vertebrate groups have successfully evolved flight: Birds, Bats, and Pterosaurs, which are NOT dinosaurs, and are an extremely diverse group of reptiles! Pterodactyl is not the only one. However, birds ARE dinosaurs. Avian dinosaurs!

Wings are not some extra structure you tack on to a creature and somehow the arms go away— they ARE arms. Think about that when you are designing creatures with wings and also giving them arms. That means your creature has six limbs.

Next anatomy post: The anatomy and evolution of DRAGONS. If you guys have any requests, feel free to send them in!

rhamphotheca:

Flock of Ancient ‘Butterfly-Headed’ Flying Reptiles Discovered

by Tia Ghose

An ancient flying reptile with a bizarre, butterflylike head has been unearthed in Brazil.

The new-found pterosaur species, Caiuajara dobruskii, lived about 80 million years ago in an ancient desert oasis. The beast sported a strange bony crest on its head that looked like the wings of a butterfly, and had the wingspan needed to take flight at a very young age.

Hundreds of fossils from the reptile were unearthed in a single bone bed, providing the strongest evidence yet that the flying reptiles were social animals, said study co-author Alexander Kellner, a paleontologist at the Museu Nacional/Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil…

(read more: Live Science)

illustration by Maurilio Oliveira/Museu Nacional-UFR; photos: Manzig et al, PLOS ONE 2014

dezzoi:

bird wars:
Lappet Faced Vulture vs. Secretary Bird

dezzoi:

bird wars:

Lappet Faced Vulture vs. Secretary Bird

skeletaldrawing:

Majungasaurus doesn’t need any special treatment to look bizarre, but in the post-snarl calm you can just sit and gaze at how strange this beast really was.

skeletaldrawing:

Majungasaurus doesn’t need any special treatment to look bizarre, but in the post-snarl calm you can just sit and gaze at how strange this beast really was.

kevincatalan:

As CM Kosemen calls it, the demon bird, Austroraptor. This is a more simple painting i’ve worked on the past two nights. I loved his painting of the Deinonychus with like a pseudo-beak so i decided to do the same thing with this. As well as give it a boss like on gharials, which I’ve been also told is highly unlikely. but heres to having fun with speculation with a painting of my favorite dinosaur. cheers!

kevincatalan:

As CM Kosemen calls it, the demon bird, Austroraptor. This is a more simple painting i’ve worked on the past two nights. I loved his painting of the Deinonychus with like a pseudo-beak so i decided to do the same thing with this. As well as give it a boss like on gharials, which I’ve been also told is highly unlikely. but heres to having fun with speculation with a painting of my favorite dinosaur. cheers!

juliansomething:

Dinosaurs at Park Wrocławski in Poland

pterosauria:

Rhamphorhynchus by Gareth Monger (Deviantart | Facebook)

pterosauria:

Rhamphorhynchus by Gareth Monger (Deviantart | Facebook)

connie-awanderingsoul:

Below Dry Creek Falls in the Columbia Gorge, Oregon
For more about me and my story check out http://awanderingsoul.com

connie-awanderingsoul:

Below Dry Creek Falls in the Columbia Gorge, Oregon

For more about me and my story check out http://awanderingsoul.com

mossofthewoodsjewelry:

Moss of the Woods
Clear resin jewelry featuring ethically and sustainably wild-harvested flora and fauna from the Appalachian forest region of the Eastern US and elsewhere.
Statement pieces for the passionate naturalist!

mossofthewoodsjewelry:

Moss of the Woods

Clear resin jewelry featuring ethically and sustainably wild-harvested flora and fauna from the Appalachian forest region of the Eastern US and elsewhere.

Statement pieces for the passionate naturalist!

Lichens are fungi that have discovered agriculture.

lichenologist Trevor Goward (via newagenaturalist)