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Alanqa is a pterosaur related to Quetzalcoatlus that lived in North Africa during the Late Cretaceous period.

Alanqa lived approximately 95 million years ago during the Middle Cretaceous Period. It was first discovered by paleontologists in the winter of 2008 near Bega, Africa. It was then given its name in 2010. The name Alanqa means “phoenix” in Arabic.

Alanqa pictures clearly show that this animal looked very much like other pterosaurs of its time. After all, it was a flying reptile which had a wingspan of about 20 feet and weighed around 200 pounds. However, paleontologists believe that this pterosaur was a bit different than others it had found. Paleontologists believe it is one of the first of the large-sized azhdarchid – flying reptiles which terrorized many of the small mammals of the Late Cretaceous Period. Azhdarchids would eventually reach the size of Quetzalcoatlus – a giant pterosaur which had a wingspan of over 30 feet!

However, one of the most interesting facts about Alanqa is the fact that many paleontologists aren't even sure if it was capable of flight. Despite its wings, some paleontologists think that this animal couldn't fly and merely hunted the ancient swamps of Africa like a theropod would. However, other paleontologists disagree and believe this animal hunted very much like a stork does today.

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Video games

Jurassic World: The Game

see Alanqa/JW: TG

Alanqa is one of the pterosaurs that can be created in Jurassic World: The Game.

Jurassic World: Alive

see Alanqa/JW: A

Alanqa is an Epic pterosaur in Jurassic World: Alive added in the 1.4.11 update on September 18, 2018.

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