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Eurhinosaurus longirostris again. This one came before the other version I've shown, qilong.deviantart.com/art/What…, but had some problems that I've corrected to produce the "open mouth, closed mouth" pair. Some details differ between the two, but this gives you an idea how the jaws differ in size so extremely when the jaw is opened. The thing is, the retroarticular process is long, and implies the jaw could open much wider, and that seems an adaptation for ram-suction, much like modern billfish (marlin, swordfish, sailfish, etc.). so this would be a potential high-speed pelagic all-around consumer. The teeth may have been functional, but only as far as the mandible, for eating; the rest, may have been used for almost anything.
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PseudonoobDA Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I assume this is a pterosaur, correct?
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Qilong Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Ichthyosaur!
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PseudonoobDA Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Well, by the shape of the skull I kinda thought it was a pterosaur. But, oh well.
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Qilong Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
It is superficially similar, in gross shape, but that's one of the reasons I like drawing them.
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ZoPteryx Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great reconstruction!  Did all eurhinosaurids have dentition like this or did it vary in the other genera?
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Qilong Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
They all had small, simple, conical and slightly fluted teeth.
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Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How large is this skull? ~2 meters?
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Qilong Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
McGowan described two seemingly mature skulls at around .8 and 1.02 meters, respectively. So long nose, but not really big.
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Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So the oft quoted 6-7 meter length for this animal is probably exaggeration? (I got the ~2 meter guess by estimating skull length as around ⅓ body length.)
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Qilong Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Well, the measurement is based on the holotype and a referred specimen from the type locality. Eurhinosaurus is known from Germany as well, and there are much larger specimens, but I don't have exact measurements. The body can get to around 4 m, so I'd assume the skull can get much larger. But again, no exact measurements.
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Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool, thanks!
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