Lord of the skies

Published: Monday 15 July 1996

The largest flying creature ever- a pterosaur called Arambourgiania philadelphiae that lived some 65 million years ago -has been identified by British and German palaeontologists as the owner of an elongated neck bone which was found in Jordan in 1943. The pterosaur had a wingspan of 12 metres. Wrongly identified as a wing bone in 1954 by the French palaeontologist Camille Arambourg, the bone is 62 cm long, but is incomplete; its full length would have been some 77 cm, making it significantly larger than any other known pterosaur neck bones (New Scientist, Vo1150, No 2029).

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