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Wed Sep 11, 2019, 02:03 PM

Frozen dragon of the north winds"

In the icy badlands of Alberta, Canada, paleontologists have found a “frozen dragon”: a new genus of pterosaur that once soared over the heads of dinosaurs with a wingspan that stretched at least 16 feet (4.877 meters). The flying reptile—named Cryodrakon boreas—lived in what is now western Canada about 76 million years ago, during what’s known as the Cretaceous period.

The partial skeleton that defines Cryodrakon was dug up from Canada’s Dinosaur Provincial Park in 1992. To recognize the modern climate in the region where this pterosaur once roamed, they named the new pterosaur Cryodrakon boreas, or “the cold dragon of the north winds.”

The flying reptile had a wingspan of at least 16 feet and may have grown to a wingspan of up to 33 feet (10 meters).



https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/09/cryodrakon-new-frozen-dragon-pterosaur-found-hiding-in-plain-sight/

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