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Attempts at poetic descriptions of Nyctosaurs

April 18, 2012

Nyctosaurus by Julio Lacerda.

 

A creature resembling a bird flew overhead. It had a long stork like beak, slightly curved towards the end, bright yellow in colour, and it was bichromattic, with a dark grey upper body and a white underside. A massive crest erupted from the back of it’s head; it resembled a backwards oriented antler, with two simple twigs of bone, yet far longer than the animal’s wings. Dark colour, it was connected to the base of the beak.

At closer inspection, the wings were vastly different from those of a bird. They were membranous, yet not at all like those of a bat; for starters, a single finger supported them, no bone interrupting the smooth surface of the membrane, and there were no claws to be seen. The membrane itself was not leather, but a complex surface, much thicker and filled with several layers of collagen and muscle fibers, which made it resemble the wing feathers of a bird.

Without tail feathers, the hindlegs and tail were connected by another membrane, much simpler and small. The legs themselves looked more like those of a bear than those of a bird, and certain not the twig like legs of a bat.

As the creature landed, it walked on all fours, that single wing finger seemingly broke in it’s half, the middle supporting the weight of the animal while the remaining rose and was pressed neatly against the arm, resembling a blade being hidden. It walked with efford, clerly out of it’s element.

All in all, you could say it looked like a very weird flying penguin.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. That guy from spec and deviantart that won't stop pestering you permalink
    April 19, 2012 7:59 pm

    A pterosaur that eats fish and is terrible at walking… Now where have I heard that description before? 😛

    • April 19, 2012 8:32 pm

      But at least it can swim and dive very well….

    • Random Guy permalink
      April 28, 2012 2:00 pm

      You have also become a hypocritical champsosauraboo. You said pterosaurs weren’t seabird analogues, but you are depicting them as exactly that. 😆 🙄

      • April 28, 2012 7:31 pm

        Nyctosaurus was a seabird analogue. It’s like saying talking about albatrosses is the same as depicting all birds as seabirds.

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