Scientists have discovered the remains of one of the largest pterosaurs

Scientists have discovered the remains of one of the largest pterosaurs
Scientists have discovered the remains of one of the largest pterosaurs
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The flying lizard has already been named the largest in Australia. Its wingspan reached seven meters.

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Pterosaur fossils from Australia are extremely rare. But scientists from the local University of Queensland not only found a new fossil, but even stated that the pterosaur was the largest ever found on the continent and in the world in general.

The fact is that the wingspan of these animals varied from 250 millimeters in the smallest species to 10-11 meters in the giants. A typical swing was about one meter or more. The new representative of the winged lizards was dubbed Thapunngaka shawi, and its wingspan, according to scientists who published an article in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, reached seven meters.

The lizard's skull alone turned out to be over a meter in length, it had about 40 teeth, which made the animal an excellent fish catcher. A new species of pterosaur, like the two previous ones from Australia, was found in the vicinity of West Queensland. In addition to its enormous size, the lizard was distinguished by a huge bony ridge on the lower jaw. Scientists suggest that the same was on the top, which, unfortunately, has not survived.

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Researchers believe these ridges played a role in the dynamics of these creatures' flight. The animal was named after the indigenous people of the Australian town of Richmond, where the fossil was discovered.

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