Quetzalcoatlus

The Aztecs worshipped many gods; one was the feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl. So when palaeontologists discovered the fossil of a giant bird-like dinosaur in Mexico, choosing a name for it was simple.

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Fact File

Pronounced    
KETT-zal-co-AT-lus

Meaning of name  
Mexican feathered god 

Length    
14 m

Weight    
100 kg

Diet    
Fish and dead animals

When it lived   
Late Cretaceous (68 million years ago)

Where it lived   
Mexico and North America

DINOMAZING FACT!

Palaeontologists think that Quetzalcoatlus used its impressive wings to glide rather then fly, much like an albatross does.

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