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The Cryodrakon boreas is one of the largest flying creatures that has ever existed, with a wingspan of 32 feet and a body of 550 pounds

Prehistoric reptile with a wingspan of 32 feet and a body of 550 pounds was & # 39; one of the largest flying creatures ever & # 39; and fed on lizards, mammals, and baby dinosaurs

  • Cryodrakon boreas lived during the Cretaceous period around 77 million years ago
  • The remains were initially thought to be those of the Texas Quetzalcoat loop
  • But now it has turned out that it belongs to a completely new species of pterosaurus
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A newly identified species of pterosaurus is one of the largest flying creatures that has ever existed, with a wingspan of 32 feet and a body of 550 pounds.

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The Cryodrakon boreas, from the Azhdarchid group of pterosaurs often mistakenly referred to as & # 39; pterodactyls & # 39 ;, was a flying reptile that lived in Cretaceous about 77 million years ago.

The remains were discovered 30 years ago in Alberta, Canada, but paleontologists had assumed that they belonged to an already known species of pterosaur that was discovered in Texas and was called Quetzalcoatlus.

But a study by Queen Mary University in London, published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, has shown that the remains are actually those of a new species, the first pterosaurus discovered in Canada.

The Cryodrakon boreas is one of the largest flying creatures that has ever existed, with a wingspan of 32 feet and a body of 550 pounds

The Cryodrakon boreas is one of the largest flying creatures that has ever existed, with a wingspan of 32 feet and a body of 550 pounds

The remains were discovered 30 years ago in Alberta, Canada, but paleontologists had assumed that they belonged to an already known species of pterosaur
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The remains were discovered 30 years ago in Alberta, Canada, but paleontologists had assumed that they belonged to an already known species of pterosaur

The remains were discovered 30 years ago in Alberta, Canada, but paleontologists had assumed that they belonged to an already known species of pterosaur

Dr. David Hone, lead author of the study, said: & # 39; This is a cool discovery, we knew this animal was here, but now we can show that it is different from other azhdarchids and that's why it gets a name. & # 39;

The remains consist of a skeleton that has a part of the wings, legs, neck and a rib.

A recent study by Queen Mary University in London, published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, has revealed that the remains are actually those of a new species

A recent study by Queen Mary University in London, published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, has revealed that the remains are actually those of a new species

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A recent study by Queen Mary University in London, published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, has revealed that the remains are actually those of a new species

The remains, consisting of a skeleton that has a part of the wings, legs, neck and a rib, were found in Canada

The remains, consisting of a skeleton that has a part of the wings, legs, neck and a rib, were found in Canada

The remains, consisting of a skeleton that has a part of the wings, legs, neck and a rib, were found in Canada

The head skeleton is of a young animal with a wingspan of approximately 16 feet, but one giant neck bone of another specimen suggests that an adult creature would have had a wingspan of approximately 32 feet.

This makes the Cryodrakon boreas comparable in size to other giant azhdarchids, including the Texan Quetzalcoatlus that could reach 34 feet in wingspan and weighed around 550 pounds.

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They were carnivorous and mainly dominated by small animals, including probably lizards, mammals, and even baby dinosaurs.

Dr. Hone added: & # 39; It's great that we can distinguish Cryodrakon as being different from Quetzalcoatlus because it means we have a better understanding of the diversity and evolution of predatory pterosaurs in North America. & # 39;

Unlike most pterosaurus groups, azhdarchids are generally considered to be animals adapted for, and lived in, domestic environments.

This despite their ability to bridge oceanic distances during flight.

Despite their large size and distribution across North and South America, Asia, Africa and Europe, few azhdarchids are known from more than fragmentary remains.

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The Cryodrakon, on the other hand, has very well-preserved bones and includes several individuals of different sizes.

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE CRYODRAKON BOREAS?

The Cryodrakon boreas, from the Azhdarchid group of pterosaurs often mistakenly referred to as & # 39; pterodactyls & # 39 ;, was a flying reptile that lived in Cretaceous about 77 million years ago.

The remains of the creature were originally discovered 30 years ago in Alberta, Canada, but paleontologists had assumed that they belonged to an already known species of pterosaur that was discovered in Texas and was called Quetzalcoatlus.

A new study has now revealed that the remains are actually those of the Cryodrakon boreas, a new species and the first pterosaurus discovered in Canada.

The remains found consist of a skeleton that has a part of the wings, legs, neck and a rib.

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It is a rare find where most azdarchids are known for their fragmentary remains.

One giant neck bone of one specimen suggests that an adult Cryodrakon would have had a wingspan of approximately 32 feet.

This makes them comparable in size to other giant azhd archids, including the Texan Quetzalcoatlus, which could reach 34 feet in wingspan and weighed around 550 pounds.

They were carnivorous and mainly dominated by small animals, including probably lizards, mammals, and even baby dinosaurs.

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