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Meet Kryptodrakon: The Oldest Pterodactyl

The fossilized remains of a previously unknown pterodactyl species are pushing back our record of these ancient flying reptiles by at least 5 million years, National Geographic reports. The skeletal fossils were found in a mudstone in northwest China and dubbed Kryptodrakon progenitor. (Kryptodrakon stands for hidden serpent.) The fossils, described this week in Current Biology, suggest the new species’ wingspan was 1.4 meters and that it soared the skies about 163 million years ago.

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