With the wonderful discussion on pterosaur locomotion and wing attachment here on ART Evolved and through searching reliable sites on the net, such as Pterosaur Net, I found answers to few of my questions: Did pterosaurs lay eggs? Yes, pterosaur eggs were found in 2004. Hard or soft shelled eggs? Soft, like those of turtles and crocodiles. Were parents involved in raising their babies? Maybe not, as pterosaur babies hatch with a mostly formed bones and wings, so it could walk and maybe fly upon hatching. Thus having no need for parents to bring them food, etc.
But I have a few unanswered questions that maybe a few of you in the palaeological community might help me out and make my art better!
- How many eggs/babies did pterosaurs have each season?
- How well could baby pterosaurs fly?
- What would baby pterosaurs eat? (I am specifically interested in azhdarchids)
As for my piece, here are quick sketches of four ideas I had. I am pulled toward the last one:
The last sketch shows an azhdarchid feeding its child. Since sketching it, I'm leaning more towards the parent NOT being so important in baby pterosaur lives. So I developed the next sketch:A mother azhdarchid leaves her nest, while three babies pop out of the vegetation covering their eggs and stretch their wings. I really love Mark Witton's quadruped interpretation of these huge pterosaurs, so this painting will be an homage to his style!
Any help making this reconstruction more accurate would be greatly appreciated.