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Welcome to the 5th and final of my #PrehistoricPlanet threads in which I talk about the science and background to what we showed in this new @AppleTVPlus @bbcstudios production. This time we look at EP 5: FORESTS… #dinosaurs #Cretaceous
I was lead scientific consultant on #PrehistoricPlanet and was extensively involved in our many decisions, all of which were science-led or scientifically informed. I was, of course, merely one among many in a HUGE team that involved hundreds of very talented people!
Ep 5 focuses on the #dinosaurs and #pterosaurs that lived in forests during the Maastrichtian (the final part of the Late #Cretaceous). The Maastrichtian world was heavily forested, with temperate, subtropical & tropical woodland covering around 78% of the land surface…
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#Azhdarchids, a brief thread concentrating on my involvement with this amazing group of #pterosaurs. Azhdarchids have to be regarded as the most distinctive and unusual of pterosaur groups, and views on how they might have lived have varied considerably... (images by @MarkWitton)
In 2008, @MarkWitton and I examined the skeletal proportions, cranial anatomy and sedimentological setting of #azhdarchids and concluded that they were strongly adapted for quadrupedal walking in terrestrial settings....
They were likely striding predators of small and mid-sized prey, analogous to ground hornbills. We termed this the ‘terrestrial stalking’ model. See our #OA @PLOSONE paper A Reappraisal of Azhdarchid Pterosaur Functional Morphology and Paleoecology… cont...
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#Megasquid (16 feet tall, 8 tons).
#Hatzegopteryx (33-36 foot wingspan, 18 feet tall, 500 pounds)

Who would win? #Debate #FutureIsWild #Planet #Dinosaur ImageImage
When I made this battle, I had thought that Hatzegopteryx was as tall as a giraffe, as presented in the documentary series "Planet Dinosaur" (seen below)…
Indeed, this would have made it about as tall as Quetzalcoatlus, another giant pterosaur (one that, contrary to the "Planet Dinosaur", had a bit bigger wingspan that Hatzegopteryx. Its depiction is below). ImageImage
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