quetzalcoatlus northropi

anonymous asked:

I just saw the quetzal design and test for the game but was it really that small? I thought they were as big as giraffes. Will it be bigger in the game or am I just wrong about the size?

Without going into a ton of detail, the pterosaur in our game is based on Quetzalcoatlus sp., an animal about half the size of the more well known Quetzalcoatlus northropi. [x]

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.