The largest dinosaur on Earth could fly

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The largest dinosaur on Earth could fly

the Wingspan of a pterosaur-giant could reach ten meters.

Cryodrakon boreas — a giant pterosaur from the group azhdarchids dinosaur presented himself with a ten foot wingspan. Pterosaur lived during the Cretaceous period, and is fully extinct as a species about 65 million years ago. Really unique pterosaur can be considered to be the largest winged dinosaur on the planet?

Could dinosaurs fly?

Despite its impressive size, comparable to azhdarchid was very similar to modern storks and lived near the small streams, where they could easily hunt small vertebrates. According to research, the weight of some pterosaurs could reach 540 pounds, which, theoretically, was to turn them into land creatures. However, in reality azhdarchid could use the slopes on the banks of river valleys as a unique landing site from which pterosaurs could plan in search of prey.

One of the members of the group azhdarchids dinosaurs

In order to finally land after a fruitful (or not) of hunting, Cryodrakon boreas was forced to vigorously flapping wings for more or less successful landing, after which he heavily fell to the ground and tried to stand on all fours. Despite his extreme clumsiness, a giant pterosaur is considered one of the most sophisticated prehistoric creatures, as it was one of the first species on the planet who have successfully completed the flight.

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The Closest companion of azhdarchid Cryodrakon boreas is the pterosaur quetzalcoatlus, which was named in honor of a giant feathered serpent of the ancient beliefs of the Maya. The pterosaur, the size similar to the modern giraffe, was also well developed ability to fly, and some individuals could even easily cope with oceanic distances. Most likely, the weight of Quetzalcoatl reached 250 pounds, making it one of the largest flying pterosaurs of the Cretaceous period.

I Think we are very fortunate that today our apartment window you can fly high Sparrow, or a pigeon, not a 250-pound predatory creature from the Cretaceous period.

In any case, the researchers believe that discovered Cryodrakon boreas, and Quetzalcoatl first appeared on our planet about 230 million years ago and evolved from reptiles well adapted for jumping and running. About the relationship between the two types is the fact that the found remains of the limbs of pterosaurs are very similar to the clutches of modern reptiles.

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