Cryodrakon boreas, of the Azhdarchid group of pterosaurs (usually incorrectly known as ‘pterodactyls’), Cryodrakon boreas was a flying dinosaur with a wingspan of as much as 10 meters which lived through the Cretaceous period around 77 million years ago.
Its stays were found 30 years ago in Alberta, Canada; however, paleontologists had assumed they belonged to an already recognized species of pterosaur found in Texas, USA, named Quetzalcoatlus.
The research, published within the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, reveals it’s a new species and the first pterosaur to be found in Canada.
Dr. David Hone of Queen Mary University of London mentioned: “This can be a cool discovery, we knew this animal was here however now we will show it’s different to other azhdarchids and so it will get a name.”
Though the stays consisting of a skeleton that has part of the wings, legs, neck and a rib had been assigned initially to Quetzalcoatlus, research of this and additional material uncovered through the years reveals it’s a different species in light of the developing understanding of azhdarchid species.
The skeleton is from a young animal with a wingspan of about 5 meters; however, one giant neck bone from another specimen suggests an adult animal would have a wingspan of around 10 meters.
This makes Cryodrakon boreas comparable in measurement to other giant azhdarchids including the Texan Quetzalcoatlus which might reach 10.5 m in wingspan and weighed around 250 kg. Like other azhdarchids, these animals were carnivorous and predominantly predated on small animals which might probably include lizards, mammals, and even baby dinosaurs.