The remnant of a prehistoric predator that governed the skies some 70 million years ago has been discovered in Mongolia, and the scientists proclaim that it’s among the most massive creature of its kind. The fossil found belongs to a kind of pterosaur, a category of flying reptiles that existed everywhere at the same time period as the dinosaurs. These animals were the premiere vertebrates known to advance the intensity of flight and are one of the largest flying animals to have roamed and flown on Earth.
The pterosaur race excavated in Mongolia has yet not been discerned, but based on the size of the snippets of cervical vertebrae (neck bones) discovered this animal was huge. That site was a genesis in the Gobi Desert called the Nemegt Formation which unearthed many dinosaur finds going back to around 70 million years ago.
However, till now a fertile fossil tract has never yielded a pterosaur and the researchers point out that their discovery is suggestive of just how extensively disseminated these primeval lofty predators once were during the late Cretaceous period.
It is difficult indeed to decipher the size of an extinct pterosaur only from blocks of neck; the unit thinks its footprint would have been akin to the two massive species we know about: Quetzalcoatlus and Hatzegopteryx, which had wingspans measuring up to approximately 11 meters (36 feet).
This places the species in the league of a small plane which candidly would have been panic stricken if you were a small reptile being followed and pounced by these things 70 million years ago.