Most primitive pterodactyloid species discovered—a group of flying reptiles that would go on to become the largest known flying creatures to have ever existed

Kryptodrakon progenitor : Oldest pterodactyloid species discovered.

An international research team, including a George Washington University (GW) professor, has discovered and named the earliest and most primitive pterodactyloid—a group of flying reptiles that would go on to become the largest known flying creatures to have ever existed—and established they flew above the earth some 163 million years ago, longer than previously known.

Working from a fossil discovered in northwest China, the project—led by University of South Florida (USF) paleontologist Brian Andres, James Clark of the GW Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and Xu Xing of the Chinese Academy of Sciences—named the new pterosaur species Kryptodrakon progenitor.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-04/gwu-ops042114.php

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