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Scientists Discover New Flying Dinosaurs

Nemicolopterus crypticusIt’s the cutest little 120-million-year-old flying reptile you could ever hope to see.

Nemicolopterus crypticus is a new genus and species of pterosaur, described from a nearly complete fossil discovered in Early Cretaceous sediments in northeastern China.

They say the fossil specimen, the only one known, is probably of a juvenile. So although its wingspan is estimated at 10 inches, it would probably have been larger at adulthood.

Still, it’s one of the smallest pterosaurs known, far smaller than many others.

Source: New York Times


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