A USC scientist and colleagues have identified a new species of a giant flying reptile, which once floated above today's North America.
Paleontologists had assumed that it belonged to the species Quetzalcoatlus, which was discovered in Texas, USA.
Researchers at Queen Mary University in London have discovered that this indeed something completely new – and it's called Cryodrakon boreas, which means "cold wind of the north winds."
"This is a cool find, we know this animal is here, but now we can show it from distinguishes other Azhdarchiden and therefore receives a name, "says main author David Hone.
Different, but just as big.  The main skeleton comes from a young animal with a wing span of about five meters, but a giant neck bone from another specimen suggests that an adult animal would have a wingspan of about 10 meters – making it one of the largest animals ever to fly say the researchers. 19659003] The findings will be published Tuesday in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.