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There was a type of Pterodactyl with a bigger wingspan than a fighter jet.

There was a type of Pterodactyl with a bigger wingspan than a fighter jet.


Dubbed Cryodrakon boreas, which translates roughly to "frozen dragon of the north wind," the now-extinct predator had a wingspan of up to 10 meters, or about 33 feet. That's roughly three times the size of the world's biggest bird now alive, the wandering albatross, and about as wide as an F-16 fighter jet.

The Pterodactyl had a wingspan of roughly 19.5' (6 m) and a body length of 6' (1.83 m). The Pterodactyl had a wingspan of roughly 19.5' (6 m) and a body length of 6' (1.83 m

Pterodactyl is the common term for the winged reptiles properly called pterosaurs, which belong to the taxonomic order Pterosauria. Scientists typically avoid using the term and concentrate on individual genera, such as Pterodactylus and Pteranodon.

Many pterodactyl fossils are preserved in Bavaria, Germany. During the Jurassic, the region was a swampy wetland at the edge of an ancient sea. Organisms that fell or washed into the wetland became buried in soft mud. This mud slowly hardened into limestone, turning the organisms' bodies into fossils.

In general, pterodactyls had compact bodies, long necks, elongated skulls (which were crested in some species), and either greatly reduced or absent tails.

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