Azhdarchids: Cretaceous Pumpjacks?

28 May 2008

Naish and Witton’s revolutionary reappraisal of Azhdarchid pterosaurs is blowing up all over the interwebs! The PLOS paper is open access, Darren and Mark each have a post about the paper on their respective blogs and  they have launched a new Azhdarchid-themed blog shattering the ultra-niche-paleoblog specificity bar set by SV-POW!

Suffice to say there’s little I could hope to add, but in the grand tradition of the Nigersaurus as pooper-scooper I couldn’t resist calling everyone’s attention to another case of technology/biology convergence:


5 Responses to “Azhdarchids: Cretaceous Pumpjacks?”

  1. Zach Miller Says:

    I am SOLD on this idea, sir. 🙂

  2. Nathan Myers Says:

    Let us not forget its other analog, the dippy-bird.

    But I fear the azhdarchids’ efficient gait has lulled Darren and Mark into viewing these creatures as sedately striding patricians, nodding periodically to acknowledge the occasional cowering, comestible peasant. Far from it, I say: these were Maastrichtian ninjas, plummeting headlong from out of nowhere, snatching an indefensible infant, and leaping aloft before Mom even knows what the commotion is about.

  3. Nathan Myers Says:

    I suppose I need an image of a dippy-bird.

  4. Nathan Myers Says:

    Sigh. WordPress deleted my link.

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