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Old 10-08-2010, 04:43 PM
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In the mesozoic era there lived creatures here on Earth that was comparable of Ikrans and Toruks. These animals are called pterosaurs.

Here are some news about these fantastic animals:

Four, Three, Two, One . . . Pterosaurs Have Lift Off

Size comparison between a Hatzegopteryx and a modern man and giraffe:



Pteranodon, man and Hatzegopteryx :


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Too bad they're extinct. I would love to get one and race Ney and Seze.
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Those guys may be extinct, but there is nothing stopping us from learning to fly an ultralight. Closest thing to flying an Ikran I can think of. I plan on doing it one day.
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Ornithocheirus was the true Toruk of the late Jurassic period during the time of the dinosaurs. With a 40 ft wingspan, there were no other competitors in the sky.



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There seem to be some different meanings of which pterosaur that was largest:

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Ornithocheirus was the subject of an entire episode of the award-winning BBC television program Walking with Dinosaurs, and made a brief appearance in the related Chased by Dinosaurs and Walking with Dinosaurs-The Arena Spectacular. In the book based on the series it was claimed that several large bone fragments from the Santana Formation of Brazil indicate that Ornithocheirus may have been one of the largest pterosaurs that ever lived, along with Quetzalcoatlus, with a wingspan reaching almost twelve metres (forty feet) and a weight of a hundred kilogrammes. Though in the series identified as the largest pterosaur to ever live, other pterosaurs such as Hatzegopteryx and Quetzalcoatlus are however known to have grown as large or larger.
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Colorful visualization of Quetzalcoatlus



These large flying reptiles were indeed magnificent. Just play with the thought that somehow enough DNA was preserved to actually clone these things.

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They are close in size, but Ornithocheirus was bigger by a few feet. Most definitely my favorite pterosaur...along with Pteranodon.

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Very interesting thread..
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[COLOR="LightBlue"]They are close in size, but Ornithocheirus was bigger by a few feet. Most definitely my favorite pterosaur...along with Pteranodon.
Most authors seem to place Ornithocheirus on second or third place. Quetzalcoatlus and/or Hatzegopteryx are placed first in most rankings I have seen. But probably they were quite equal in size.

Unfortunately the fossils of most of these behemots are not complete so one has to calculate the size based on the remaining parts.

About Ornithocheirus, a whole episod in the BBC TV series Walking with Dinosaurs were dedicated to it. It was a rather touching episode about an old male, making his last journey to mate.

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Then we ofcourse have the other side of the size range, the very small Nemicolopterus with its 250 millimeters wingspan. Could be a cosy little pet:



The remains of this little pterosaur was found in China.
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When I clicked on this thread, I knew I was going to see some awesome pterosaurs! Just imagine how much bigger and stronger they could have been if they lived on a world with lower gravity, higher air density, and had bones that were reinforced with carbon fiber.
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Yes, one can just imagine such creatures.


By the way: It is also interesting to notice that in the world of cryptozoology these creatures can be seen still today:

Psychologist saw a living pterosaur - Unexplained Mysteries

Pterosaurs Still Living
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At least there are some animals Humans didn't kill off.
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Then we ofcourse have the other side of the size range, the very small Nemicolopterus with its 250 millimeters wingspan. Could be a cosy little pet:



The remains of this little pterosaur was found in China.
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This is so awesome, the more I learn about Earth the more it seems as though it was once Pandora. I'd give my life to ride on the back of one of those beasts, even if only for 5 minutes. How can Earth go back to that way? Will we ever have such beasts again? Who can tell.
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