Largest Airborne Animal Discovered
Scientists discovered the fossilized remains of a dinosaur in Mexico, called a pterosaur, that had a wingspan of over 18 meters! This is nearly twice the size of the wingspan of some World War II era fighter planes. Pterosaurs were originally thought to have only been gliders, but new evidence suggests that they were actually able to flap their wings and fly. Only fragments of wing bones have been discovered but their size and dimensions indicate that the animal must have had a wingspan of at least 18m. The largest flying bird today is the wandering albatross, with a wingspan of about 3.5m, which means that some pterosaurs were more than five times the size.
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