Pennant-winged Nightjar (Macrodipteryx vexillarius)
… a species of nightjar that is native to Central and Southern Africa. Like other nightjars the pennant-winged nightjar is mainly crepuscular (active during dusk and dawn) and feeds for insects which it catches in flight, drinking is also done mid flight. When resting pennant-winged nightjars roost on the ground using their coloration to camouflage themselves. When disturbed they will usually flee to a tree branch where they will perch lengthwise.
The long pennants that they are named after are only found in the males. They use them in complex display flights to woo females, and sometimes they even are joined by females.
'Hey. Welcome to Smash. No hard feelings for any future beatings I may deal out to you.'
'We'll see who beats who.'
I’m so happy about the new Robin and Lucina reveal! So I wanted to do something to celebrate. Link and Toon Link are my main Smashers in Brawl(Link has been my main since SSB on N64)
So then this happened. My two male mains and Robin. I’m looking forward to this game so much.
We now have some ideas about how to run the contest for our regional Bug-types! The four possible strategies are listed below.
- Both first stages first
- Both second stages first
- One line at a time
- Select the signature moves first, then design lines around them
Vote once! How would you like to design our regional Bug-types?
Concept art by Elden Ardiente for the fan-film Godzilla: Heritage - these are the “Superfauna” that inhabit this version of planet Earth.
I’m digging these concepts, and they’re more than halfway to their goal, so go donate now!
Really diggin’ the Frilled Lizard Varan!
smoo told me to draw zutara week stuff so instead i drew some modern au gaang. sorry for my shitty handwriting.
"In this moment, I am euphoric. Not because of any phony Godzilla’s blessing. But because, I am enlightened by my intelligence." - King Fedorah
THE MAYANS WARNED US THIS WOULD HAPPEN!!!
It came from Space
It carried with it a message
It took humanity years to decode and find it said
Not all Kaiju
Our regional Bug-types will have two evolutionary stages!
One last thing before I set up design entries: Since we have two evolutionary families, I’m debating whether to set up one or two different contests. We’ve already tried a “make everything all at once” approach with the Starter designs, in which all the evolutionary families were created at the same time. I’m thinking of a change of pace, though, so I’d like your input before I set the rules in stone.
In the suggestion box below, please suggest how you’d like the contest to play out. Acceptable suggestions include “design one line first and then the other,” “design both first stages and then both second stages,” or “create the signature moves first, then design each family around its respective move.”
How would you like to design our regional Bug-types?
There was another dead heat with the names for our second-stage flyer, so screw it. Pulling up a random number generator now…The second stage will be called Malojara (Mal [Latin for bad]+Sailor+Tapejara)!
We need an awesome name for the final stage for our regional Flyer, a name that screams “Pirate Captain of Pterror”! So let’s get to it!
What would you like to call the final stage of our regional Flying-type?
Say hello to our winning cave-line design! It was a close race, and this was the selected winner! We will work on more involving this line very soon.
Changyuraptor yangi is a newly-described microraptorine dromaeosaur dinosaur from the early Cretaceous (Yixian formation) of Liaoning, China.
The animal would have been around 4 feet long in life, and its fossil shows that it was covered in feathers — including, as in its smaller cousin Microraptor, a pair of “leg wings” represented by long paired pennaceous feathers on the metatarsals and tibiotarsus. One of Changyuraptor's most unique features is its voluminous tail feathers, and these feathers constitute the longest of any known non-avian dinosaur, with the most distal retrices reaching around 30 cm in length.
Changyuraptor is also by far the largest “four-winged” dinosaur known, and while this might not be as big of a deal as it sounds (given that there aren’t very many “four-winged” dinosaurs), it does show that small size wasn’t necessarily the gatekeeper to certain volant adaptations. I personally doubt that this animal was doing anything approaching powered flight, but the long tail feathers and multiple sets of long, well-developed lifting surfaces may have been a boon to gliding and controlled descent. The exceptionally long tail feathers therefore might have been used as a sort of “pitch control” device, wherein a large, relatively heavy animal would have needed especially fine-tuned control over rapid falls onto prey or in safe landings from higher ground. As Buzz Lightyear would say, “This isn’t flying, it’s falling with style!”
Gouache paint on A3-size hot-pressed illustration board, approx. 5-6 hours.
Gang Han et al. 2014. “A new raptorial dinosaur with exceptionally long feathering provides insights into dromaeosaurid flight performance”. Nature Communications. 5: 4382.