Argentine Paleontologists Discover the Flying ‘Dragon of Death’

Argentine Paleontologists Discover the Flying ‘Dragon of Death’
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Not all pterosaurs were huge, but some of them possessed very scary appearances. For instance, the one dubbed ‘Dragon of Death’ stood out for its size of 9 meters in length, making it one of the largest pterosaurs discovered.

The fossils of the ferocious creature were recently discovered by Argentine scientists. The creature is also known as Thanatosdrakon amaru. The location of the discovery is in the Andes mountains in the Mendoza province of Argentina, according to The Jerusalem Post.

Dating back 86 million years ago

The scientists also discovered that the newfound ‘Dragon of Death’ lived 86 million years ago during the Cretaceous period. Dinosaurs were also around at that time. We’re talking about the third, final, and longest period of the Mesozoic Era.

Leonardo Ortiz, who’s the leader of the project, justified the need for a new genus and species name by invoking the unique characteristics of the flying reptile.

Ortiz said as The Jerusalem Post quotes:

It seemed appropriate to name it that way,

It’s the dragon of death.

Paleontologists have been amazed by pterosaurs before. For instance, another fossil of such a creature was discovered in Brazil a few months ago, and the researchers involved were stunned to see that 90% of the bone structure remained intact. To be more precise, what scientists found was a tapejarid, meaning a creature that lived in the early Cretaceous period.

Victor Beccari, one of that study’s co-authors, declared at that time, as cited by CNET.com:

This fossil is special because it is the most complete pterosaur from Brazil and it brings new information about the anatomy and ecology of this animal.

The new study regarding the ‘Dragon of Death’ reptile was published in the journal Cretaceous Research.

 


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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