The recently discovered ancient reptile, called the "flying dragon to the north" with a wingspan of size F-16, is said to be the largest flying animal ever discovered, according to scientists.
A flying reptile named Cryodrakon Borei lived in what is now Western Canada about 76 million years ago, according to a study published last week.
The bones of Cryodrakon have been known to scientists for nearly three decades, but it has only recently been confirmed as a kind in the journal Paleontology of Vertebrates.
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"The animal when alive would not be frozen a dragon", co-author of the study, Mike Habib, paleontologist at the University of Ca he told National Geographic.
"It should [been] fly into a landscape that would be moderately temperate … but hell is much warmer than central Alberta now." more than 30 feet, and when walking on the ground, it was more than eight feet tall at the shoulder, about the same height as some giraffes.
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This type of pterosaur [azhdarchids] is quite rare and most specimens are just one bone. Our new species is represented by a partial skeleton. It tells us a lot about the anatomy of these big pilots, how they flew and how they lived, "Hone tells SciTech Daily.
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" This particular group of pterosaurs includes the largest flying animals of all time. Their anatomy contains important clues to the limits of animal flight and may be important in the future for biologically inspired mechanical design for flight. “