Quetzalcoatlus, a pterosaur as large as a giraffe, lived 71 million years ago. Its wingspan was 10-12 meters (33-40 feet), and its beak length was about 2.5 meters (8.2 feet). Paleontologists estimate that Quetzalcoatlus could have flown at speeds up to 128 kilometers per hour (80 miles per hour) and could have traveled 643 kilometers (400 miles) a day. Its powerful muscles may have allowed it to launch itself into the air quickly.

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