Artist’s life restoration of a group of giant azhdarchids, Quetzalcoatlus northropi, foraging on a Cretaceous fern prairie. A juvenile titanosaur has been caught by one pterosaur, while the others stalk through the scrub in search of small vertebrates and other food.
IMAGE SOURCE: Mark Witton and Darren Naish (2008), A Reappraisal of Azhdarchid Pterosaur Functional Morphology and Paleoecology - in PLoS ONE 3(5): e2271. ___________________________________
The Azhdarchidae(derived from the Old-Persian Aži Dahāka) take their name from Ajdarxo, a dragon in Persian mythology. This is a family of pterosaurs known primarily from the late Cretaceous Period, Azhdarchids included some of the largest known flying animals of all time. (source: Wikipedia) ___________________________________
possibly one of my favorite groups of animals, this family named after a dragon called Ashdaar in Persian mythology, is a group of the biggest pterasaurs from the late cretaceous period, and are the largest animals to ever sail the skies including such great beasts such as (Quetzalcoatlus, Azhdarcho, and Arambourgiania) these pterasaurs ate characterized by their long necks and legs and in some their large heads, they probably acted like modern storks and spent a reasonable time on the ground walking but could fly if needed.
There’s a bit of a story behind the source of this picture, the gist of it is that this was supposed to be the first panel of a short comic that I may or may not finish. At least it makes a nice stand alone picture, right?
(Also, this is my first proper, fully coloured digital piece, yaldi!)