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Showing their true colours by Stolpergeist Showing their true colours by Stolpergeist
On the left Tupandactylus, which colouration isn't actually figured out yet, on the right a yet unnamed closely related tapejarid which has been found with melanosomes.

The crest fibres contained the melanin associated with reddish colours. The pycnofibers contained eumelanin, which is associated with black or dark grey.

In addition to that the pycnofibers weren't just hair-like, but even branching, similar to simple feathers



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Aude Cincotta: STUDY OF PRESERVED INTEGUMENTS FROM THE CRANIUM OF A TAPEJARID PTEROSAUR
SVP 2016
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:iconthedubstepaddict:
TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So cuut
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Angrydinobirds Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist
Is there a way we can read this interesting study or do we have to wait?
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Evodolka Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
the one on the right looks like he has seen some freaky shit
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Vitor-Silva Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Professional
Brilliant restorations! These pterosaurs never stop getting more interesting. 

Btw, nice to see you back to DA :)
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:iconzhombah:
Zhombah Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They look so soft!
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:iconnuclearzeon2:
Nuclearzeon2 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017
Wait...we're discovering PTEROSAUR coloration too?!

Man...science is moving too fast for me to keep up!
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:iconhublerdon:
HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet!
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:iconcjcroen:
CJCroen Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YES! Colors for pterosaurs too! :D
Somehow I knew that red would be present on at least one of the crested ones! It makes sense--it's such an eye-catching color, perfect for display!
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ZeWqt Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The way you drew the uh... fuzz is really impressive, especially on the Tupa.
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Xiphactinus Featured By Owner Edited Jan 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pycnofibers was actually found in this animal?
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:iconpcawesomeness:
Nice!

Well, I kinda miss giving tapejarids super-flashy colors, but again, this is really cool!
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paleosir Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
please note that colour can change a lot in close relatives. Even in species within genera.
This study says nothing at all on how to reconstruct Tupandactylus and Tapejara.


Oh and remember that black and red melanosomes seem to be a lot better at getting preserved, so even this unnamed pterosaur could have been more vibrant.

So. You can still reconstruct them that way.
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PCAwesomeness Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017
OK, good!
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So interesting how those pycnofibers were so way more developed than expected. That little tuft on front of its crest is such a nice feature, guess future Tapejarid constructions are going to have some influence from that.
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Kagansaurus Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017
I'm so glad we've discovered the pigments of so many long lost creatures. I remember when we thought there was absolutely no way of knowing their color.
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:iconpaleosir:
paleosir Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was wondering the other day:
''why haven't we figured out any colours from pterosaurs yet!?!'' welp here's my answer.


Also, very epic painting!
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:icond-juan:
D-Juan Featured By Owner Edited Jan 12, 2017  Student General Artist
Its like a present for me to hear that discovery. Even more is to see your reconstruction
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:iconshinreddear:
ShinRedDear Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017
That must be the first great discovery of 2017 ! Excellent work ! It inspires me to draw more pterosauria. ^^
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bh1324 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017
Well, if there was any doubt before that the structure was for display...
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:iconcamduvall:
Camduvall Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love learning new dino/ptero facts from deviantart!
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InkGink Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome
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ropen7789 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
add that to the list of figured out extinct fauna coloration
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AnonymousLlama428 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
So nice!! Like the Skeksis, but more gorgeous!
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:iconzhombah:
Zhombah Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
tbh, most things are more gorgeous than the skeksis...
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:iconanonymousllama428:
AnonymousLlama428 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess, but the Skeksis were still pretty cool.
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:iconzhombah:
Zhombah Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah. To me they look like Egyptian gods reconstructed by 90's paleoartists.
 
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AnonymousLlama428 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess.
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9Weegee Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
hmmmm
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