Sunday, April 25, 2021

The Monkeydactyl Fossil Kunpengopterus antipollicatus

🔆The Monkeydactyl Fossil Kunpengopterus antipollicatus

✅“Antipollicatus” in ancient Greek means “opposite thumbs”, and it was attached to the name because the researchers’ findings could be the first discovery of a pterosaur with an opposed thumb.
✅It could likely be the earliest-known instance of the limb.
✅It is far older than the one identified in 2019.

✅Paleontologists had identified that species as a pterosaur that lived over 77 million years ago in what is Western Canada today.

✅Named Cryodrakon boreas, it was believed to be one of the largest flying animals, which “flew over the heads of dinosaurs”, with a wingspan of over 10 metres.

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