Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Tapejara Imperator

        Hello everyone! Today's post is about the ancient pterosaur Tapejara.
        I'm not really sure where the idea for today's animal came from. I decided that I would write about Tapejara but then couldn't find anything about it in any of my books. Which was odd, since some of my books are nearly a thousand pages long. So I really have no idea where the idea for Tapejara came from, or how I know of its existence at all, but I guess I'll write about it.
        Tapejara Imperator was an Early Cretaceous pterosaur from Brazil. The name means "The Old Being Emperor" in the now-dead language of Tupi, the language of the original indigenous Brazilians. I tried to look more into the Tupi language so I could learn to speak it, but apparently the only word anyone knows is "Tapejara," so I guess I wouldn't be able to hold much of a conversation. Still Tapejara is a great sounding word, so I'll probably name one of my children it.
        Tapejara was 1.3 meters long and weighed 50 kilograms. The wingspan was 5 meters. But the most impressive measurement of them all was the 1 meter crest projecting vertically from the creature's head. It is believed that they would have had a flap of skin held taut behind it to make it seem even larger, and that they would have used this crest to display to prospective mates.
Thanks to their fabulous do, many Tapejara today enter the modeling buisness

        These animals would most likely have consumed fish, because Brazil was, at the time, the coast of a prehistoric ocean. Analysis of the sclerotic rings around the being's eyes revealed that Tapejara was cathemeral, meaning that it was neither diurnal nor nocturnal and would have been active whenever it felt like it. Tapejara doesn't care about your preconceived notions of circadian rhythms.

        That wraps up today's post. Sorry it took a while to get this post up, looking for sources not in books was annoying. Next post will probably be a guide to dinosaur nomenculture, for those of you who might be confused about theropods and ornithiscians and all that stuff.

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