The azhdarchid pterosaur species became widespread throughout the world in the Late Cretaceous age. The name means 'phosphate dragon' and it refers to the phosphate of Morocco, the land where they lived. The specific name of the only type species, Phosphatodraco mauritanicus, refers to Mauretania. The genus has been described from the discovery of five damaged compressed, and disarticulated cervical vertebrae and a bone whose origin is still unknown.
It is pronounced as 'Fos-fate-oh-dray-ko' and means 'phosphate dragon'.
Phosphatodraco is a type of azhdarchid pterosaur. They were a sister taxon of Aralazhdarcho.
Phosphatodraco was one of the pterosaurs that evolved during the Maastrichtian age of Late Cretaceous period.
Phosphatodraco existed up to the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event.
Phosphatodraco was an azhdarchid pterosaur species of Morocco. Its fossils were discovered from the Oulad Abdoun Phosphatic Basin in Grand Doui. It is located near Khouribga in Central Morocco.
Phosphatodraco must have lived in low lands near water bodies.
Whether Phosphatodraco lived in flocks or alone is unknown.
Phosphatodraco lived during the Maastrichtian age of the Late Cretaceous period and their lifespan is unknown.
Although pterosaurs had wings like birds, their reproduction characteristics matched with the reptiles. The mother Phosphatodraco laid eggs and fertilized them.
Phosphatodraco is an azhdarchid pterosaur that evolved during the Late Cretaceous period in Morocco. The cervical vertebrae discovered are in series from the fifth to the ninth and the fifth one is the longest. Their vertebrae are also very unique as they are elongated at the base with neural spines.
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The animal is only known from the neck vertebrae and an unknown bone. Apart from that, skull and teeth have not been discovered.
Probably, Phosphatodraco also communicated using different types of vocalizations.
The length and height of the Phosphatodraco have not been determined, however, the wingspan of the pterosaur was estimated to be around 16 ft (5 m). They were two times smaller than Magnamanus.
The genus Phosphatodraco had large wings which they used to flap, however, whether the wings were utilized for flying is uncertain.
The weight of these pterosaurs has not been determined.
The male and the female species of Phosphatodraco were collectively called Phosphatodraco.
A baby pterosaur is referred to as a hatchling.
Phosphatodraco was a carnivorous reptile, but they were small in size than dinosaurs. This makes them partially aggressive.
Phosphatodraco is the first azhdarchid to be discovered from northern Africa.