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Oldest Pterodactyl Species, Kryptodrakon Progenitor, Discovered In China

By Macrina Cooper-White

This may be the granddaddy of all pterodactyls.

An international team of researchers is reporting that a 162-million-year-old fossil found in China represents a previously unknown species of the prehistoric flying reptiles. They dubbed the prehistoric beast Kyrptodrakon progenitor and say it’s the oldest and most primitive pterodactyloid ever found.

Pterodacytloids were a kind of pterosaurs, flying reptiles that existed during the Mesozoic Era (252 million to 66 million years ago) and ranged in size from paper airplanes to fighter jets. The discovery pushes the era of pterodactyloids back by at least five million years.

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Source: Huffington Post Green