Pterosaur #6: the palate and the mandible

For the mandible I started with the side view picture from the original fossil, but it was partially covered and had no other angles, so I scaled the mandible of a Thalassodromeus to use as a reference.

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I cut the two halves, folded and molded a bit and then pasted them together. I also cut out the dorsal side.

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After fitting all the parts, I filled the open ones with smaller bits of foam.

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For the palate I used Tupuxuara as a reference, but also referred to the Thalassodromeus for the layout of the bones. I cut a flat palate + occipital bone from a sheet of foam, cut out the empty parts and folded it.

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I shaped the palate convexly to match the original fossil.

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And attached it in place.

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Pins aren’t enough to hold it in place while drying.

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The occipital bones were attached after the palate was dry.

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So now I have a rough 3D sketch of the skull. I used a lighter to melt away part of the foam and make an interesting spongy effect on the crest.

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I also used fire to shape the palate, the jaw hinge and the throat after the occipital bones were in place.

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It’s practically finished. Now we need to add the details, which takes up most of the time.

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  1. Pingback: Imaginary pterosaur #6: an unknown thalassodromid/tapejarid | The Imaginary Pterosaur

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