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Azhdarcho[1] was a Mongolian pterosaur from the late Cretaceous time period that was briefly featured in the Chased by Dinosaurs episode "The Giant Claw".

Facts

It was a distant cousin to Quetzalcoatlus (featured earlier int he last episode of Walking with Dinosaurs) and was similar to it in appearance and behavior. It died out at the end of the Mesozoic era.

It is known from fragmentary remains including the distinctive, elongated neck vertebrae that characterizes members of the family Azhdarchidae, which also includes such giant pterosaurs as Quetzalcoatlus.

The name Azhdarcho comes from the Uzbek word azhdarkho, the name of a dragon in Uzbek mythology.

In Chased by Dinosaurs

The Giant Claw

Azhdarcho flying. (The Giant Claw)

When Nigel Marven was traveling through the Cretaceous Mongolia searching for Therizinosaurus, he briefly saw a flock of Azhdarcho flying overhead.

References

  1. Identified as such in the now deleted Walking with Dinosaurs factfiles.
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