The skeleton of a Pterosaur has been discovered in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia. If a Tyrannosaurus Rex is scary, then a Pterosaur is downright terrifying, as researchers speculate the 70 million-year-old creature stood 18 feet tall with a 36-foot wingspan.
Pterosaurs put the word apex in the term “apex predator,” referred to by expert Mark Witton as being “generalist in their ability to grab, basically, whatever they can fit in their beaks.”
A monstrous, meat-eating flying reptile that had a wingspan of a small airplane, could walk on all fours and stalked its prey on land has been found in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia.
Fortunately for us humans, who would have made for a delightful midday snack, this pterosaur is dead. Long dead. Seventy million years dead.
With an approximately 36-foot wingspan, “It might have been this quite robust, formidable predator,” Mark Witton, an expert on pterosaurs at the University of Portsmouth in the U.K., told National Geographic. “They seem to be feeding on things on the ground and are generalist in their ability to grab basically whatever they can fit in their beaks.”
Researchers from the United States, Japan and Mongolia have been collecting the prehistoric animal’s skeletal remains since 2006, when Buuvei Mainbayar, a paleontologist from Mongolia, discovered its first fossil in the western Gobi.
Mainbayar showed the fossil to Takanobu Tsuihiji of the University of Tokyo, and “I immediately recognized that it might be a pterosaur and was astonished at its gigantic size,” Tsuihiji said. “Straight away, we went back to the site and discovered the rest of the specimen.”
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