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18th Jan '17 9:46:50 AM ElSquibbonator
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** To be fair, it's obviously ''supposed'' to be over-the-top.

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** To be fair, it's obviously ''supposed'' That being said, the artist in question normally [[ShownTheirWork does his research]] on the animals his monsters are based on. It's almost guaranteed that the Pteracide was intended to be deliberately over-the-top.
16th Jan '17 4:01:57 PM ElSquibbonator
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** It's also possible that the Pteri might be based on an ''Archaeopteryx'', given its feathers and long tail.
4th Jan '17 11:37:31 AM blockboy
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* [[KillAllHumans Pterosaurs will have an inexplicable desire to attack or kill humans on sight]]. This one may be justified if the pterosaur in question is a PapaWolf or a MamaBear defending its nest, or has some other biologically plausible behaviour, but usually it's as if the pterosaurs have looked up the HumansAreBastards page in advance -- essentially, [[DinosaursAreDragons Pterosaurs Are Dragons]]. Some of the largest azhdarchids like ''Hatzegopteryx'' were large enough to have snatched up a human and swallowed it whole if it were hungry and nothing else of the right size was around.[[note]]The animal would be ''walking'' or ''galloping'' up to you instead of snatching you on the fly.[[/note]]

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* [[KillAllHumans Pterosaurs will have an inexplicable desire to attack or kill humans on sight]]. This one may be justified if the pterosaur in question is a PapaWolf or a MamaBear defending its nest, or has some other biologically plausible behaviour, but usually it's as if the pterosaurs have looked up the HumansAreBastards page in advance -- essentially, [[DinosaursAreDragons Pterosaurs Are Dragons]]. Some of the largest azhdarchids like ''Hatzegopteryx'' were large enough to have snatched up a human and swallowed it whole if it were hungry and nothing else of the right size was around.[[note]]The animal would be ''walking'' or ''galloping'' up to you instead of snatching you on the fly.[[/note]][[/note]] ''Thalassodromeus'' was also known to have possessed powerful jaws that could suggest a tendency to prey on large animals.
30th Oct '16 7:59:25 PM MagnusForce
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* ''VideoGame/ArkSurvivalEvolved'''s pterosaurs run the gamut.
** The ''Pteranodon'' has teeth, scales, bat-like wings, and the ability to pick up humans ([[RuleOfFun a technique used by riders to harass enemies]]). They're also identical in genders (real females are smaller and don't have crests; then again all the other animals in-game have identical sexes).
** The ''Dimorphodon'' has feathers and KillerRabbit tendencies, but is otherwise not too shabby.
** The ''Quetzalcoatlus'' is pretty accurate, except that it's way bigger than the real thing and strong enough to carry off a mammoth as well as a small building on its back (once again RuleOfFun applies).
** The ''Tapejara'' has the wrong crest (making it look more like ''Tupandactylus'' or ''Tupuxuara'', which were once considered synonymous with ''Tapejara''), is a carnivore (it probably ate fruit in real life), and has the strength to carry three people and pick up another with its claws (need we say RuleOfFun again?). Otherwise, not bad.
25th Oct '16 5:46:24 PM Antigone3
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* The cover for ''Lands of Mystery'', a LostWorld sourcebook for ''[[TabletopGame/HeroSystem Justice Inc.]]'', features a villain riding a ''Quetzalcoatlus''. If you check the creature stats, this is absolutely possible in the game ... though both the ''Quetzalcoatlus'' and ''Pteranodon'' writeups give them Gliding rather than true Flight, so their use as airborne transport is somewhat limited. ''Quetzalcoatlus'' is also noted as being capable of carrying off [=NPCs=] to feed to its young. [[JustifiedTrope Can be forgiven]] since ''Justice Inc.'' was a pulp game and pterosaurs, like every other critter, are acting the way they did in the pulps.
21st Oct '16 2:44:00 PM schoi30
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* ''Z. Apocalypse'' (the third and final installation of the ''Z. rex'' series) has the Z. dactyl, a genetically-advanced ''Ornithocheirus'' with the tail of a ''Rhamphorhynchus''. [[ShownTheirWork Thankfully]], the author makes sure to identify it as a pterosaur instead of a dinosaur, and it gets pointed out when it's called a "pterodactyl" in that ''Pterodactylus'' was a much smaller pterosaur.
18th Aug '16 7:24:27 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* MixAndMatchCritters. Two pterosaur species will be combined into one hybridised design. This is a particularly good sign that the creators [[TheyJustDidntCare just didn't care]], considering how easy it would be to sort out.

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* MixAndMatchCritters. Two pterosaur species will be combined into one hybridised design. This is a particularly good sign that the creators [[TheyJustDidntCare just didn't care]], care, considering how easy it would be to sort out.



* SmallTaxonomyPools, perhaps because the creators wanted to avoid the ViewersAreGeniuses trope, because they [[SmallReferencePools simply hadn't heard of them]], or because [[TheyJustDidntCare they just didn't bother to do their homework]]. ''Pteranodon'' is easily the most recognisable of all pterosaurs in popular culture, with ''Rhamphorhynchus'' coming a close second. ''Quetzalcoatlus'' may get a mention, but the chances of meeting any other pterosaur species in fiction is virtually nil.

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* SmallTaxonomyPools, perhaps because the creators wanted to avoid the ViewersAreGeniuses trope, because they [[SmallReferencePools simply hadn't heard of them]], or because [[TheyJustDidntCare they just didn't bother to do their homework]].homework. ''Pteranodon'' is easily the most recognisable of all pterosaurs in popular culture, with ''Rhamphorhynchus'' coming a close second. ''Quetzalcoatlus'' may get a mention, but the chances of meeting any other pterosaur species in fiction is virtually nil.



* Poor ''Quetzalcoatlus'' can never catch a break. Even the '11 documentary movie, ''WesternAnimation/MarchOfTheDinosaurs'' managed to badly screw up its anatomy. Besides the usual scales, [[TheyJustDidntCare it was depicted as a biped, and actually lacked its three small wing fingers]]. On top of that, the narrator claimed it was a scavenger, which is a notion which should have long been forgotten by docu-makers. [[note]]Notice above where it says its neck ''isn't'' flexible? Like a vulture, it'd need a flexible neck to dig into the carcass and root out bits of flesh, and it doesn't have one.[[/note]]

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* Poor ''Quetzalcoatlus'' can never catch a break. Even the '11 documentary movie, ''WesternAnimation/MarchOfTheDinosaurs'' managed to badly screw up its anatomy. Besides the usual scales, [[TheyJustDidntCare it was depicted as a biped, and actually lacked its three small wing fingers]].fingers. On top of that, the narrator claimed it was a scavenger, which is a notion which should have long been forgotten by docu-makers. [[note]]Notice above where it says its neck ''isn't'' flexible? Like a vulture, it'd need a flexible neck to dig into the carcass and root out bits of flesh, and it doesn't have one.[[/note]]
13th Aug '16 7:54:48 AM CyborgIguana
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** Unfortunately, for some baffling reason the ''Pteranodon'' figure made for the ''Film/JurassicWorld'' toy line ''does'' have teeth, and they appear to have been made as obvious and ugly as possible (ironic, since being toothless was one of the few things the film itself ''didn't'' screw up about its ''Pteranodon'' design).
12th Aug '16 6:32:29 AM CyborgIguana
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** The related ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caulkicephalus Caulkicephalus]]'' also had a similar teeth-and-''Pteranodon''-crest combo.

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** The related ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caulkicephalus Caulkicephalus]]'' also appears to have had a similar teeth-and-''Pteranodon''-crest teeth-and-crest combo.
12th Aug '16 6:31:38 AM CyborgIguana
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** The related ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caulkicephalus Caulkicephalus]]'' also had a similar teeth-and-''Pteranodon''-crest combo.
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