Trivia

Hard

The Largest Flying Creature In History Was The?

Hatzegopteryx
Nyctosaurus
The Broadwing Bat
Kryptodrakon

Answer: Hatzegopteryx

The largest flying creature alive today is the wandering albatross, with an impressive average wingspan of 10 feet (3.1 meters). While that might be impressive by modern standards, you probably guessed we’d need to take a trip back into prehistory to find the largest flying creature. A very long trip at that: approximately 66-72 million years into the past, to the Maastrichtian age of the late Cretaceous period.

There we would find one of the largest know pterosaurs and flying creatures of all time, the Hatzegopteryx, or Hateg basin wing because of where its fossils were first discovered. The broad-winged dinosaur had an estimated wingspan of 33-39 feet (10-12 meters), putting it in a class several times bigger than the largest flying creatures today.

Hatzegopteryx is believed to have been the apex predator of Hateg Island in the prehistoric Tethys Sea. It had a very muscular neck with thick vertebrae as well as a very thick skull with heavy ridges (indicating where large muscle groups attached). Hatzegopteryx wasn’t a delicate bat-like creature, but a heavily muscled predator that swooped down, using its brawn to attack creatures much too large to swallow whole, but that could be subdued and consumed much like raptors have been portrayed attacking large prey.

Trivia

Hard

Which Film’s Title Is An Anagram Of The Book It Was Based On?

Trivia

Very Hard

The First Identified Vitamin Was?

Trivia

Hard

Unlike Water, You Cannot Sink In?

Trivia

Hard

The Standard Galactic Alphabet From Commander Keen Also Appears In Which Of These Games?

Trivia

Easy

The Direction Of Clock Hand Movement Was Determined By?

Trivia

Hard

The Only People To Have Won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony, and Pulitzer Prize Both Happen To Be?

Trivia

Hard

Which Movie Featured A Different Ending Depending On Which Theater You Saw It In?

Trivia

Hard

The First Station In The U.S. To Broadcast Digital TV Was Located In?

Trivia

Easy

Billboard Magazine, Now A Music Publication, Was Once The Magazine Of Record For Whom?

Trivia

Very Hard

In The Lord Of The Rings, Who Bore The One Ring For The Longest Period Of Time?