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Kongamato by Critical-Dean Kongamato by Critical-Dean
In 1923 a traveler by the name of Frank H. Melland worked for a time in Zambia. He gathered native reports of ferocious flying reptiles. The natives called this creature kongamato ("overwhelmer of boats"), which was said to have lived in the Jiundu swamps in the Mwinilunga District in western Zambia, near the border of Congo and Angola. It was described as having no feathers at all, smooth skin, a wingspan between 4 ft. and 7 ft., and possessing a beak full of teeth. They were usually described as black or red. It had a reputation for capsizing canoes and causing death to anyone who merely looked at it. When showed drawings of pterosaurs

"... every native present immediately and unhesitatingly picked it out and identified it as a kongamato. Among the natives who did so was a headman from the Jiundu country, where the kongamato is supposed to be active, and who is a rather wild and quite unsophisticated native."
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theDMG177 Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic! Great cryptid painting!
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Critical-Dean Mar 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you
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theDMG177 Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconponchofirewalker01:
This is pretty good :D
But pterosaurs don't and can't grab prey like birds-of-prey can and their feet aren't designed for the sort of stuff.
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:icongaskinmoo:
Great picture, I love Dinosaur fantasy art. I also really like the way you have half submerged the viewer and made it look like the water is against glass... very cool concept :)
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LordofNightsShadows Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
not bad, cool design :)
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Child-Of-Hades Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very interesting, reminds me a lot of Ropen
Also, you did an astounding job on the background and the creature itself
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YasminFoster Feb 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Fantastic composistion and texture on that skin!
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Evenape Apr 9, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
That's not a pterosaur


It has only 3 fingers and no pycnofibrils


jk
Great work, although not seemingly pterosaurian
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