azhdarchidae

519: Ropen

Pretty sure Azhdarchidae would be absolutely terrifying if it was the Ropen.

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Jonathan Whitcomb Eyewitness Testimony

FEEDING TIME IN THE LATE CRETACEOUS

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.
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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)
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REGARDING PTEROSAURS, see Tumblog scientificillustration’s book notice: Pterosaurs: Natural History, Evolution, Anatomy by Mark P. Witton.

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Family Azhdarchidae

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.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Pterosauria-Pterodactyloidea-Neoazhdarchia-Azhdarchidae