Alanqa

Name: Alanqa ‭(‬Arabic for Phoenix‭)‬.
Phonetic: A-lon-kah.
Named By: Ibrahim et al‭ ‬-‭ ‬2010.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Pterosauria,‭ ‬Pterodactyloidea,‭ ‬Azhdarchidae.
Species: A.‭ ‬saharica‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Type: Carnivore.
Size: Unknown for certain,‭ ‬but comparison with similar pterosaur species has given estimates of a‭ ‬4‭ ‬meter wingspan to one individual,‭ ‬and a‭ ‬6‭ ‬meter wingspan attributed to a larger individual.
Known locations: Africa,‭ ‬Morocco‭ ‬-‭ ‬Kem Kem Beds.‭
Time period: Berriasian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Jaw fragments and possible neck vertebra.

       Alanqa was a significant find as pterosaurs are not especially well known from Africa.‭ ‬This is not to say that Africa did not have many pterosaurs living there,‭ ‬just that the conditions were not conducive for mass preservation given the fragile nature of pterosaur bones‭ (‬even when well preserved they often get crushed during the fossilisation process‭)‬.‭ ‬Although initially thought to be pteranodontid,‭ ‬most people consider Alanqa to actually represent an early azdarchid pterosaur,‭ ‬similar to others of the group like Zheijiangopterus.‭ ‬As such Alanqa is thought to have hunted like a stork,‭ ‬as has been suggested for the azdarchid pterosaurs as a group.



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