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Plate VI. Lunar Craters. Copernicus. 1889.
Publication info London :E. Lloyd,1896.
The Hateg basin wing, Hatzegopteryx (2002)
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Reptilia
Order : Pterosauria
Family : Azhdarchidae
Genus : Hatzegopteryx
Species : H. thambema
Hatzegopteryx poses a puzzle worthy of a TV detective show. To judge from this reptile’s incomplete remains, including pieces of its skull and humerus, Hatzegopteryx may have been the largest pterosaur that ever lived, with a wingspan possibly approaching 40 feet (compared to “only” 35 feet or so for the biggest known pterosaur, Quetzalcoatlus). Even the skull of Hatzegopteryx was gigantic, one reconstruction pegging it at over ten feet long, which would count as the biggest noggin of any non-marine creature in earth’s history.
So what’s the mystery? Well, apart from the elusive nature of Hatzegopteryx’s fossil remains—it’s a tricky business to reconstruct an extinct animal from only a handful of bones—there’s the fact that this pterosaur lived on Hatzeg Island, which was isolated from the rest of Europe during the late Cretaceous period. The dinosaurs that lived on Hatzeg Island, most notably Telmatosaurus and Magyarosaurus, were much smaller than their mainland contemporaries, an example of “insular dwarfism” (that is, creatures on small islands tend to evolve to small sizes, so as not to outgrow the available resources). Why would such a huge pterosaur have lived on an island populated by dwarf dinosaurs? Until more fossil evidence is uncovered, we may never know the answer for sure.
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"This is a story about Tusheti - mountain region in the Republic of Georgia. Tusheti lies near the Chechen border and it is culturally closer to Chechens than to Georgians.
The story is about shepherds who travel every summer to their ancestors’ land Tusheti and than return to spend the winter at the bottom of the mountain. Twice a year they travel with their sheep through the pass in the Caucasus which is 3,000 meters high.
I was staying and documenting life of the Shepherds in the Caucasus mountains for 5 years. These people have been cheese makers since before Christ. Their life is simple and harsh, but beautiful.”
Illuminated illustration of the Ptolemaic geocentric conception of the Universe, Bartolomeu Velho, from Cosmographia, 1568.
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