The discovery of the giant “dragon of death” with a wingspan of 9 meters in Argentina

The reptile pterosaur Thanatosdracon called the “death dragon” was a flying reptile that lived alongside dinosaurs during the Cretaceous period. (Credits: Courtesy of Leonardo de Ortiz David)

Translated by Giulio Batista
Original by Jennifer Nallwicki for LiveScience

Researchers in Argentina have discovered the largest type of pterosaur ever found in South America. Two giant flying reptiles that paleontologists have dubbed the “death dragon” have been discovered in the Plottier Formation, an outcrop located in Mendoza Province.

The wingspan of the two specimens is about 7 meters and 9 meters wide, respectively. Researchers have confirmed that they are azhdarchidae, a family of pterosaurs that lived during the late Cretaceous period (approximately 146 million to 66 million years ago).

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