Hatzegopteryx. Species: H thambema. Meaning of name: basin wing monster.
Romania, Late Cretaceous.
Classification: Pterosauria, Pterodactyloidea, Azhdarchidae.
I spent early October talking to Palaeontologists on the Isle of Wight & they convinced me that the bigger Azhdarchidae were unsuited to an aquatic lifestyle because of there small hands & feet, plus remains of young dinosaurs have been found in their stomach cavities so they were almost certainly hunter/scavengers.
The neck of Hatzegopteryx doesn’t have to be as flexible as a Heron as its beak is much longer, we’ve been hear before on ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ Diplodocus had such a stiff neck it couldn’t browse from trees. Sometimes experts talk absolute rubbish!
Thanks for your comment H, if the long neck wasn’t for reaching up to the trees it must be for reaching down to the ground or water (its got to drink) If it could catch a fleeing hatchling or lizard it could catch a fish
Experts aren’t agreed as to the diet of Hatzegopteryx but there are numerous illustrations of them feeding on hatchling Sauropods (hardly a sustainable diet as Sauropods probably had just one clutch a year at the end of the dry season) Therefore I felt it necessary to explore the other possibilities.