Saturday, November 6, 2010

Pink Dinosaur #217

Pink Argentavis by David Tana

26 – Argentavis magnificens – the giant teratornithid was, quite possibly, the largest volant bird that ever lived.  Known from several Late Miocene (~ 6 mya) sites in Argentina, it probably relied on soaring and gliding, rather than flapping to keep it in the air. The reference for this cranial restoration comes from an image in the paper by Chatterjee et al. (2007) titled “The aerodynamics of Argentavis, the world’s largest flying bird from the Miocene of Argentina” from the journal PNAS of the USA. Color pencil on paper.

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Dinorider d'Andoandor said...

I confess I haven't ever thought of Argentavis as a bald bird, cool!

Anonymous said...

actually argentivas are solid black heads, and all black, about 18 feet tall, and a wing span about the width of 8 highway lanes