Monthly Archives: May 2012

The pterosaur in Wikipedia

The head of the Imaginary Pterosaur was modeled after a fossil of a pterosaur skull discovered recently in China called Guidraco venator (Ghost dragon). A photo of my model was used as a cover illustration by the authors of the article about Guidraco in Wikipedia.

Article about Guidraco in Wikipedia, illustrated with a photo from this blog.

(Most of the photos from this blog are available in Flickr and can be used anywhere according to the terms of the Creative Commons license)

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The Imaginary Pterosaur on stage

Actors and teacher (Jeremy James) that participated in a physical theater workshop at
Centro Cultural Barco in São Paulo, Brazil, assemble the Imaginary Pterosaur…

… and then take it apart!

I haven’t worked much on the pterosaur lately, so the bones are still unconnected, but it sometimes poses for celebrity photos 😀

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The pterosaur walks on the table

I finally assembled the pterosaur in a walking position. But the connections between the bones are not right. I still have to figure that out. I was able to mount them in place using a piano stand, some strings and some pins.

My next task is to discover how to fit the bones together. I think it’s OK from the hand to the tip of the wing, but I have no idea how to connect:

  1. the scapula to the humerus,
  2. the humerus to the ulna/radius,
  3. the ulna/radius to the hand.

If I get this right, it should be possible to assemble the pterosaur in several positions: flying, sitting, walking. I might have to remake some bones for this, or throw away the scapula and coricoid, and make better ones. I need to find detailed pictures of these connections.

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Imaginodactilus paraibanus


This is the Imaginary Pterosaur ‘assembled’ by the students of the Piollin Theater School. Piollin is a 30 year old theater group from northeastern Brazil. They have traveled all over the world and performed in several countries. In the city of João Pessoa, Paraíba, they have a very nice cultural center with theaters, where they research and devise their plays, a school, and spaces where they organize cultural events. It is located in the city of João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil. This picture was taken yesterday.

Tomorrow I will be back in São Paulo and will discover how to connect the bones. Now this project is almost finished. I have no idea what to do with this pterosaur now. Maybe I will hang it in my living room. If anyone has a better idea, I would love to hear about it.

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The feet and the full skeleton

I have no time left here to make decent feet, but I decided to make some quickly because I want to photograph the whole pterosaur at a theater school tomorrow, so I made something that looks vaguely like feet. When I arrive back home, I will probably redo everything when I add the fingernails.

This is the pterosaur complete, with all the bones except: the fingernails (from hands and toes), and the fifth foot finger (which is kind of weird – I have to read a bit more about it).

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The hands, part II

After the hands and feet, it is done! When I return I will just adjust some things, think about how to connect the bones and decide what to do with this overgrown creation.

In this site Reptile Evolution and many others (I will make a list when I finish this) I found what I needed to make the hands. No hands for Guidraco, so I based it on Anhanguera (I should make an Anhanguera head now, maybe I can have multiple pterosaurs with the same body 😀 )

So here are several pictures of the hands, carpals, metacarpals, pteroid. Still no fingernails. I have to discover how to make the fingernails later.

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The pterosaur opens its wings!

It didn’t fit in my mother’s house, so I found this place and decided to assemble the pterosaur (the bones are still not carved, and too big). Now it looks scary!

This is another view, with the wings closed on a bed:

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