Tag Archives: pterosaur

Jurassic Pterosaur

Paleontologists have unearthed and described the fragmentary fossilized remains of a non-pterodactyloid pterosaur in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. Life reconstruction of a rhamphorhynchine pterosaur from the Cerro Campamento Formation, Chile. Image credit: Universidad de Chile. The newly-described pterosaur inhabited the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana some 160 million years ago …

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Preserved Pterosaur Fossil

A nearly complete skeleton of a tapejarid pterosaur that lived during the Cretaceous period was intercepted during a police raid at Santos Harbour in the Brazilian state of São Paulo and confiscated together with several other exceptionally well-preserved fossils. Living interpretative reconstruction of Tupandactylus navigans. Image credit: Beccari et al., …

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Small Jurassic Pterosaur

Opposed thumbs are adaptations to arboreal life and rare for non-mammal vertebrates; Kunpengopterus antipollicatus, a newly-discovered species of arboreal pterosaur that inhabited a unique forest ecosystem in what is now China during the Jurassic period, shows the oldest record of such a feature. Life reconstruction of Kunpengopterus antipollicatus in the …

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New Pterosaur Species

A new genus and species of dsungaripterid pterosaur that lived during the Early Cretaceous epoch has been identified from the incomplete lower jaws found in China. Life reconstruction of Ordosipterus planignathus. Image credit: Chuang Zhao. Pterosaurs are highly successful flying reptiles that lived at the same time as dinosaurs, between …

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