Name: Alcione ‭(‬named after the mythic figure Alcyone‭)‬.
Phonetic: Al-se-o-ne.
Named By: N.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Longrich,‭ ‬D.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Martill‭ & ‬B.‭ ‬Andres‭ ‬-‭ ‬2018.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬pterosauria,‭ ‬Pterodactyloidea,‭ ‬Nyctosauridae.
Species: A.‭ ‬elainus‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Piscivore‭?
Size: Estimated wingspan of‭ ‬2‭ ‬meters.
Known locations: Morocco.
Time period: Late Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial remains.

       Alcione is a genus of small nyctosaurid pterosaur that lived in North Africa during the late Cretaceous.‭ ‬Alcione is noted for having very short wings,‭ ‬something that could aid either flapping flight,‭ ‬or perhaps streamlining for use after entering water.‭ ‬This feature combined with the knowledge of the Alcione fossils coming from a marine environment have yielded the idea that Alcione may have lived and hunted in a similar fashion to a modern kingfisher.
       Alcione was named after Alcyone,‭ ‬a figure in Ancient Greek Mythology,‭ ‬who was the daughter of King Aeolus and turned into a kingfisher after her death.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Late Maastrichtian pterosaurs from North Africa and mass extinction of Pterosauria at the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary.‭ ‬-‭ ‬PLoS Biology‭ ‬16‭(‬3‭)‬:e2001663:1-38.‭ ‬-‭ ‬N.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Longrich,‭ ‬D.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Martill‭ & ‬B.‭ ‬Andres‭ ‬-‭ ‬2018.


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