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Lank revised by BardicSpoon Lank revised by BardicSpoon
Lank revised, inspired by this very interesting article -->

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Here be my take on the creature:) It was just a quikie, so excuse its roughness. YAY! :p

Being a descendant of the stork like Azhdarchid pterosaurs, it is not so much a pterosaurian giraffe like herbivore and more a giant flightless stork. For pterosaurs the Azhdarchids were already some of the most terrestrial [link] , and in the case of the lank's ancestors they abandoned flight altogether, adapting their long sinewy limbs for wading into deep waters in search of shellfish, molluscs, amphibians and fish. It comes in two flavours, the Shoe Billed Lank (Main) adapted mainly for a diet of shellfish and molluscs, using its heavy beak to crush shells and the Slender Lank (Right) which has more of an all purpose beak. It is capable of anything from crushing tough shells, to skewering fish or even probing carrion. Also the forelimbs rest on what were the three fingers free of the wing membrane, not the "wing finger". Nither is there any kind of "pseudo hoof" the shortened digits simply ending in three thick hoof like nails, similar to say a tapir.
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wishingdreams Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting
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dracorex128 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
What's it's predators?
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I still believe the huge wing finger would support either a display feature or a stabbing weapon against predators. Well then, the beak is big enough to be a weapon =D I like it, don't get me wrong! =)
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X-Ray0128 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
You have a talent for creating cool creatures
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BardicSpoon Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
Lol, thankyou :D I'm glad you like them, the beasties thankyou for your kindness too :3
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X-Ray0128 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
Hey, you're welcome
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ILOVEANNABETHCHASE Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Student Writer
I have Dougal Dixon's "After Man" and his "The New Dinosaurs" as well as the DVD series he helped create, "The Future is Wild." He is very cool and when I was little I wanted to be just like him. I love your reinvisionment of the Lank, especially the subspecies. Great.
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BardicSpoon Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
Kewl, Dixon's stuff is great and Ive never heard of the series before:) Ill track that down, should keep me entertained for awhile:3 Really pleased that my sketchydoodles have done so well, thankyous :D
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ILOVEANNABETHCHASE Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Student Writer
Welcome, I've loved stuff like this since I was a little kid.
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BardicSpoon Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
Oh I do remember it actually, great bit of fun :3
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Cephlaken Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
fantatstic. I am also working on flightless pterosaurs... They are very interesting and your version is an awesome reconstruction
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BardicSpoon Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
Awesome, I love pterosaurs, particularly the idia of flightless forms:) Ill go check you out
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Cephlaken Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
Thanks!!
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mmpratt99 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Very unique. Would it still lay eggs or have live young?
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BardicSpoon Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
I'd like to imagine that they laid eggs:)
Partly because I like the idea of giraffe eggs (even though its not really anything like a giraffe lol) and partly because I can't think of a reason for them needing to develop live young. Perhaps if there were lots of fast predators around they might, as it would be impractical to have to stay and guard a clutch... Though flightless birds such as ostriches seem to manage well enough.
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mmpratt99 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
:nod:I guess they invest time in one or two offspring since a whole bunch would be really time-consuming, and large animals generally have fewer young.










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BardicSpoon Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010
My thoughts indeedy =D Also hatching say a single large egg into an already well developed youngster rather then lots of small helpless ones may be an answer to the problem of predators... Also maybe if they lived in pairs or groups it would mean there would always be someone to guard the nest =3
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mmpratt99 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
:nod:Kind of like ostriches.
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BardicSpoon Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
:nod: ostriches rule.
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mmpratt99 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
:)They sure do and so do kiwi.
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babbletrish Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nice!
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BardicSpoon Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
Thankyous :D
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