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MONKEYDACTYL: PTEROSAUR SPECIES DISCOVERED

MONKEYDACTYL: PTEROSAUR SPECIES DISCOVERED

Context

The new pterosaur fossil was discovered in the Tiaojishan Formation of Liaoning, China, and is thought to be 160 million years old.

Details

  • The pterosaur species were reptiles, close cousins of dinosaurs and the first animals after insects to evolve powered flight.
  • They evolved into various species, while some were as large as an F-16 fighter jet, others were as small as paper airplanes.
  • Azhdarchidae is a family of pterosaurs known primarily from the Late Cretaceous Period. These giant reptiles flew in the skies nearly 65 million years ago and belonged to the Phylum Chordata.
  • “Antipollicatus” in ancient Greek means “opposite thumbs”, and it was attached to the name because the researchers’ findings could be the first discovery of a pterosaur with an opposed thumb.

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