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New flying reptile that lived in China 160 years ago reveals the oldest opposed thumb – EdexLive

A team of international researchers has discovered the earliest-known example of an opposed thumb on a new tree-dwelling pterosaur species that lived in China 160…

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A team of international researchers has discovered the earliest-known example of an opposed thumb on a new tree-dwelling pterosaur species that lived in China 160 million years ago. Dubbed ‘Monkeydactyl’, the small-bodied Darwinopteran pterosaur with an estimated wingspan of 85 cm was discovered in the Tiaojishan Formation of Liaoning, China.
The researchers from Brazil, China, UK, Denmark and Japan have described the new Jurassic pterosaur Kunpengopterus antipollicatus. The specimen was preserved…

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