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'Dragon of death' pterosaur discovered in Argentina

By T.K. Randall
May 24, 2022 · Comment icon 4 comments



Some pterosaurs grew to enormous sizes. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 HombreDHojalata
A new type of flying reptile from the age of the dinosaurs has been unearthed in the Andes mountains.
Dating back 86 million years, the new species - which was discovered in Argentina's western Mendoza province - was undeniably massive, measuring up to 30ft in length.

Named Thanatosdrakon amaru (or 'dragon of death'), this prehistoric behemoth does not belong to any previously known genus.

"We don't have a current record of any close relative that even has a body modification similar to these beasts," said project leader Leonardo Ortiz.
Describing the find as the "largest pterosaur that crossed the Cretaceous skies of South America discovered so far", the researchers noted that its discovery would "expand the knowledge about the anatomy of this diverse group of pterosaurs."

Suffice to say, the 'dragon of death' would have been a truly terrifying sight to behold.



Source: Jerusalem Post | Comments (4)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Macho MAGA Man 6 months ago
When it says 30 feet in length, do they mean from tip of the beak to tail, or wingspan length? No matter what, that thing was huge.
Comment icon #2 Posted by newbloodmoon 6 months ago
Found a little more info down below. http://novataxa.blogspot.com/2022/05/thanatosdrakon.html where it says -“ Two specimens were identified, the holotype (UNCUYO-LD 307) and the paratype, with an estimated wingspan of ? 7 m and ? 9 m, respectively“
Comment icon #3 Posted by DanL 6 months ago
I believe that is wingspan. Another article mentioned that they had a 7 to 9 meter wingspan and 9 meters is about 29.5 feet. BIG BIRD!!!!!
Comment icon #4 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 6 months ago
Could be a coincidence that they would be the same, but when I see "30 feet long", I think of "beak to tail end". both measurements could be the same. 


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