Fun Dawndraco Facts For Kids

Moumita Dutta
Oct 20, 2022 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Apr 18, 2022
Edited by Luca Demetriou
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Dawndraco facts are all about a flying reptile of the Pterosauria genus.
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Age: 3-18
Read time: 2.4 Min

Dawndraco kanzai was a pterosaur of the Late Cretaceous period. Its fossils were retrieved from North America, which included a complete skull and bones of the lower jaws. They were grouped under a separate genus named Dawndraco. It is not known what the name means.

They were piscivores and had a toothless beak. Their wings were long and narrow.

Dawndraco Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Dawndraco'?

Dawndraco is pronounced as 'Dawn-dray-co'.

What type of dinosaur was a Dawndraco?

This dinosaur species belonged to the Pteranodontidae family under the Pteranosauria order.

In which geological period did the Dawndraco roam the Earth?

These dinosaurs roamed during the Late Cretaceous period.

When did the Dawndraco become extinct?

Dawndraco became extinct about 86 million years ago due to natural disasters.

Where did Dawndraco live?

The fossils of this pterosaur species were discovered from the Niobrara Formation in Kansas.

What was the Dawndracos' habitat?

Their habitat included wetlands and nearby water bodies.

Who did the Dawndraco live with?

According to several pieces of research on the specimen, the pterosaurs nested in groups.

How long did a Dawndraco live?

The exact life expectancy of this creature belonging to the Dawndraco genus is unknown to us, due to a lack of specimen evidence.

How did they reproduce?

Just like all other reptiles, Dawndraco reproduced by laying eggs. They nested socially and protected their rounded eggs.

Dawndraco Fun Facts

What did the Dawndraco look like?

Dawndraco was an elongated pterosaur with a toothless beak, a short neck, and narrow long wings.

The skull of Dawndraco had a crest at the back.

How many bones did a Dawndraco have?

As the specimen evidence was not sufficient, we are unable to pin down the exact number of bones of these pterosaurs of the early stage of the Cretaceous.

How did they communicate?

They may have communicated visually and vocally by producing different sounds.

How big was the Dawndraco?

Unfortunately, the body length of this species is not recorded till now.

How fast could a Dawndraco move?

Although we cannot provide the exact flying speed of Dawndraco, we do know that the pterosaurs as well as the latter species had large wings which helped them to glide smoothly. They navigated their directions in the air with the help of their head, neck, and long snout.

How much did a Dawndraco weigh?

The weight of this new species of pterosaur is not estimated till now.

What were the male and female names of the species?

There are no particular names attributed to the male and female Dawndraco species.

What would you call a baby Dawndraco?

A baby Dawndraco can be called a juvenile or a nestling.

How aggressive were they?

Their carnivore diet of eating fish and long pointed beaks made them quite deadly and aggressive.

Did You Know…

Dawndraco had a unique trait of their snout shape, which did not taper towards the front end, which was seen in other pterosaurs.

*We've been unable to source an image of Dawndraco and have used an image of Prenoceratops instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Dawndraco, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at hello@kidadl.com.

*We've been unable to source an image of Dawndraco and have used an image of Edmontosaurus instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Dawndraco, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at hello@kidadl.com.

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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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Moumita DuttaBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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