There’s a new paper out describing the neck bone of a medium-sized Romanian pterosaur. In stark contrast to its giraffe-esque cousins (think Quetzalcoatlus), this azhdarchid had a relatively short, robust neck. The thing is, I’m so used to seeing super-long-necked azhdarchids that this critter just seems off to me. Cute, but off.
Art by Mark Witton.