NEWS DIGEST 22.08.2020: Footprints and temperatures from times gone by

  Today’s news digest is brought to you by my personal Twitter account @VShah1984. Melbourne, Australia-based German geographer and demographer Simon Kuestenmacher @simongerman600 shared a GIF chart originally posted on the popular newsboard Reddit’s r/dataisbeautiful feed. The chart features two … Continue reading NEWS DIGEST 22.08.2020: Footprints and temperatures from times gone by

QUETZALCOATLUS: The flying dinosaur taller than a giraffe

One of the largest pterosaurs, or flying reptiles, ever to flutter above the prehistoric skies was the Quetzalcoatlus. When resting, this giant of the clouds was taller than a modern-day giraffe, and considerably stronger. Tearing through the air at 130 kilometres per hour, Quetzalcoatlus was said to be fond of snacking on juvenile dinosaurs that strayed too far from their parents, while its smaller flying cousins, the pterodactyls, settled for fish. Its height met it could very easily look a giraffe in the eye, which may well be an unpleasant experience for the giraffe. With a wing-span of around fifteen metres, half the length … Continue reading QUETZALCOATLUS: The flying dinosaur taller than a giraffe