David Maas

Meet the ‘giant flying murder head,’ a frightening prehistoric flyer

For those with the notion that they might have enjoyed living in the Cretaceous period, a terrifying new species of pterosaur, called Cryodrakon boreas—literally “frozen dragon of the north wind”—might sway them against the idea. Researchers uncovered evidence of the creature in Canada’s badlands, The Washington Post reports. The pterosaur could grow up to 4 meters tall and was mostly mouth—its skull was about 3.5 times the length of its body—leading one expert to liken it to a “giant flying murder head.” It was also unable to chew,  the researchers report in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, so it likely ate whatever smaller animals would fit down its gullet, including lizards, mammals, and baby dinosaurs.

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