Due to the constant vast amount of research being done in the scientific community, the discovery of new dinosaurs has become more common over the past few years. Earlier today, November 1, it was revealed that a flesh-eating dinosaur reportedly big enough to rival the size of a plane had been discovered in the Asian country of Mongolia, in the Gobi desert.
As reported by The Sun, this creature existed 70 million years ago and is said to have had a wingspan of 32 feet, making it known as one of the largest-winged reptiles to have ever been on Earth. It mainly feasted on baby dinosaurs, whether they were dead or alive. A 3D illustration of the new discovery was generated by a computer in order to truly convey how massive this dinosaur was, also showing that it lived in a warm climate which was “desert-like but not quite as dry as today.” This particular branch of the reptilians, known as the azhdarchids, is still quite a mystery to researchers who only earlier this year unearthed another of its family members called the Hatzegopteryx.
According to the Daily Mail, the dinosaur did not always use its wings to travel but instead walked on all fours, using part of their wings to act as front limbs. Standing approximately the same height as a giraffe, it was one of the first vertebrates to actually evolve into having the ability to fly. Dr Takanobu Tsuihiji, a researcher employed at the University of Tokyo, admits that he and his colleagues were stunned when they realized just how enormous the creature was but were instantly sure that it belonged to the pterosaur species, which were a group of flying reptiles who existed throughout the same time as the dinosaurs.
This is the second major discovery to be made regarding dinosaurs this week. Yesterday, October 31, the BBC revealed that researchers had come to the conclusion that the asteroid believed to have wiped out the creatures caused a climate disaster which is being referred to as a “catastrophic winter,” and they feel it was directly related to their extinction. In addition, a reported three-quarters of plant and animal life was also destroyed. The impact of the asteroid is said to have blown more than 300 billion tons of sulfur into the Earth’s atmosphere.
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