Fossil scientists find ‘frozen dragon’ pterosaur in Canada
The bones of these creatures were found nearly 30 years ago, but researchers in the Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology have now officially confirmed that it is a new type of pterosaur called Cryodraken boreas.
The new dinosaur’s head is believed to be 3.5 times the size of its body!
They have been described as the “frozen dragon of the north winds”. If that’s not a great name, we don’t know what is!
This is because it was found in the icy areas of Alberta and its wings could grow up to a wingspan of 33 feet. That’s taller than a Giraffe! It also has a long head and neck which took up most of its body.
However, a fossil scientist, Mike Habib, from the University of Southern California says that the pterosaur would have been flying around in a landscape that was “a lot warmer than central Alberta is now.”
What is a pterosaur?
Pterosaurs were flying reptiles that lived around 76 million years ago, during the Cretaceous period.
There are over 200 different pterosaur species and the most popular one, that you may be familiar with, were called pterodactyls.
They were thought to have had long, leather-like, pointy bodies with enormous wings that covered the skies whilst they clumsily flew over other dinosaurs.
Experts have described pterosaurs as the “biggest, meanest, and most bizarre animals that ever flew.”