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‘Dragon of Death’, one of the first predators to rule the skies, ...


‘Dragon of Death’, one of the first predators to rule the skies, is dug up

Palaeontologists discovered the fossils in Andes rocks that preserved the reptile’s remains for 86-million years

Horacio Fernando Soria

Argentine scientists have discovered a new species of a huge flying reptile dubbed “The Dragon of Death” that lived 86-million years ago alongside dinosaurs, in a find shedding fresh insight on a predator whose body was as long as a bus.

The new specimen of ancient flying reptile, or pterosaur, measures about 9m long and researchers say it predated birds as among the first creatures on Earth to use wings to hunt its prey from prehistoric skies.

The team of palaeontologists discovered the fossils of the newly coined Thanatosdrakon amaru in the Andes mountains in Argentina’s western Mendoza province. They found that the rocks preserving the reptile’s remains dated back 86-million years to the Cretaceous period...

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