Pterosaur Flew Right Out of Avatar

A newly discovered pterosaur from Early Cretaceous deposits in China looks like a cross between a pelican and a mountain banshee from the movie Avatar. Named Ikrandraco avatar, their skulls suggest that the flying reptiles ate like some modern seabirds, skimming the water for food with the help of throat pouches. The work was published in Scientific Reports this week.

Working with 120-million-year-old sediment from the Aptian Jiufotang Formation in northeastern China, an international team led by Xiaolin Wang from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Alexander Kellner from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro identified an usual, never-before-seen pterosaur from two sets of flattened fossils.

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