A very Brazilian pterosaur

Back in 2010, the Pterosaur.net boys and girls descended on Beijing for the Flugsaurier meeting. A good time was had by all (well, as far as I could tell) and while pterosaur researchers generally get together to argue, one of the things that was sorted out was that the next meeting would be in Brazil in 2013.

The conference fieldtrip in China included many a long drive in a minibus to get between the various localities and museum in Liaoning. On one of these journeys I had (what I thought) was a great idea for Brazil and John Conway was unfortunate enough to be sat next to me and feel the full force of Dave explaining his new concept. However, fortunately for me, John loved it and went with it. We pitched it as a possible logo for the conference and while they have picked their own (which is lovely) they have included our effort (I say ‘our’, John did the whole thing) on their pages, so it seemed an appropriate time to post this to a wider audience.

In my head I had the idea of pterosaur heads being bold and colourful, and that’s very true of the Brazilian flag. Add to that the huge size of some of their crests and at least one Brazilian genus, Tupanadactylys, that was big enough that it could pass for a flag at the right angle and with a bit of imagination. So here it is, a truly Brazilian pterosaur.

6 Responses to “A very Brazilian pterosaur”

  1. 1 mattvr 25/07/2012 at 11:18 am

    Great picture! Looks like he’s off to the World Cup!

  2. 2 David Orr 25/07/2012 at 1:53 pm

    I really love this!

  3. 3 Paul Heaston 25/07/2012 at 4:06 pm

    I think it’s time we started referring to pterosaur color schemes as “livery.”

  4. 5 helderdarocha 28/07/2012 at 1:56 am

    I just saw a picture of the Europejara olcadesorum with the colours of the spanish flag 😀

    • 6 David Hone 28/07/2012 at 11:17 am

      I hadn’t noticed (bit too subtle for me, clearly) but that is a read, yellow and black crest isn’t it. Nice touch. Shame it went past me…

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