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With a newly found ancient reptile with the nickname of “the flying dragon of the north”, the F-16 and a small wingspan is said to be the largest flying animals ever discovered, according to scientists.
The flying reptile with the name of Cryodrakon boreas lived in what is now the western part of Canada, about 76 million years ago, according to a new study, published in the last week.
The Cryodrakon the bones and have been known to scientists for almost three decades, but it has now been confirmed as an own genus in the ‘ Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.
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“The animal as a living organism, not a frozen dragon,” study co-author Mike Habib, a paleontologist at the University of Southern California, told National Geographic.
“It would [have been] flying in a beautiful landscape and that it would be fairly moderate … but it’s a hell of a lot warmer than in central Alberta, now is the time.”
The flying dragon’s wing, is believed to have stretched more than 30 feet, and there, on the floor was more than eight feet tall at the shoulder, which is about the same height as a few giraffes.
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The partial skeleton of the Cryodrakon were unearthed from Canada’s Dinosaur Provincial Park in 1992. Dave Hone, one of the other co-author of the study, he said, and he Concluded to work with the “extraordinarily well preserved” specimens, in which parts of the Cryodrakon, wings, legs, neck, and ribs.
This is a type of that azhdarchids], it is relatively rare, and in most instances, only a single bone. Our new species is represented by a partial skeleton. This will tell us a lot about the anatomy of these huge kites, how they were, how they lived,” Hone told the SciTech on a Daily basis.
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“This particular group has been the largest flying animal of all time. Their anatomy, it contains important information about the limits of animal flight, and may in the future be of interest for a biologically-inspired mechanical design and to the airport.”