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Faxinalipterus

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Faxinalipterus minima, a little critter who holds some interesting tittles for a pterosaur:
- The oldest known pterosaur;
- The smallest pterosaur, with the size of a sparrow;
- The only Triassic (and thus the only non-pterodactyloid) pterosaur from Brazil;
- May not be a pterosaur after all...

Illustration made for Pteros. Check more about this pterosaur there: www.pteros.com/pterosaurs/faxi…

Update 03/05/2022: With further preparation of the fossils and a redescription, a new work found Faxinalipterus to be in fact a lagerpetid (a stem-pterosaur group)! And its skull bones turned out to represent another taxa, a new pterosauromorph (the most basal one so far!) named Maehary bonapartei, who also got more skull elements discovered. Check the new paper here.

I might do an updated lagertetip reconstruction in the future :)
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VINISSAURO's avatar
parece um leopardo *--* lindo!!