Jul. 9th, 2014

dino_a_day: (Default)


This enormous pterosaur is Quetzalcoatlus northropi, one of the largest flying animals to have ever existed, with an estimated 33-36 foot wingspan and an estimated weight of 440-550 pounds, and an approximate height while standing of around 16 feet. While Quetzalcoatlus could undoubtedly fly, it likely would have required good thermals to soar on much like today's largest birds - maintaining flight through its own power would have been extremely energetically costly.

Quetzalcoatlus though, like the rest of the azhdarchid pterosaurs, likely spent much of its time on the ground, where it would have stalked ground-dwelling prey like an enormous stork. With legs built like today's ungulates, it could probably have run quite well, and its long beak would enable it to pluck animals up without having to bend down too low. Essentially, imagine a predatory giraffe that could fly - that's Quetzalcoatlus, undoubtedly a terrifying predator to the smaller dinosaurs of Late Cretaceous North America.

Profile

dino_a_day: (Default)
Lauren Helton

September 2014

S M T W T F S
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
282930    

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Jun. 25th, 2017 07:12 am
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios