Swimming in the cold fjords near the coast of the island of Scandinavia we are watching the deep blue water. This is the deeper area, where the biggest inhabitants of the fjords live. At once we see a shadow in the deep. Then we see that what is coming towards us is not dangerous. The shape, which is like a cross between a goose and a plesiosaur, gives away its identity: a pinquin-duck.
Here we are seeing Elasmornis scandinaviensis, a pinquin-duck (no that was not a typo, I know how to spell penguin) or pinquïn-eend in Dutch. It is distantly related to the bigger Meganatus macrocolumnis [link]
, but belongs to a different family. Instead its teeth are too small to be visible from the outside, the beak doesn't have the long beak and hook which is classical for Meganathus, but a more duck-like head. Neither has it got such a big sternum and bony knobs on its wings. Instead its pygostyle is reduced and the number of tail-vertebra has increased, giving it a small tail. Besides, it is much more streamlined and its backlegs are also transformed into flippers. It is therefore unable to board the land. It doesn't need to: it lives in fjords connected to the sea and in the waters around Scandinavia (the island).
But the biggest difference is the size. While not six meters, like Meganathus, with 1.5 meters as an average lenght, Elasmornis is still quite big for a bird. This means Elasmornis, rather than Meganathus, does have to be wary of crocoracoons [link]
, although it is able to outswim those in most cases.
Elasmornis lives and thrives on coastal areas of the island of Scandinavia, some 125 million years from now (Early-Palalom).
This preconstruction was made in Sculptris.
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