Caelestiventus

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Caelestiventus
Temporal range: Norian, 208 Ma
Caelestiventus skull.jpg
3D printed skull reconstruction; the dip in the forehead is perhaps too pronounced
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Order: Pterosauria
Family: Dimorphodontidae
Genus: Caelestiventus
Britt et al., 2018
Type species
Caelestiventus hanseni
Britt et al., 2018

Caelestiventus is an early pterosaur. It is important because it is 65 million years older than any other known desert-dwelling pterosaur. Also, it shows that the earliest pterosaurs were morphologically and ecologically varied. The Dimorphodontidae originated in the Triassic period.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Britt, Brooks B. et al 2018. Caelestiventus hanseni extends the desert-dwelling pterosaur record back 65 million years. Nature Ecology & Evolution. [1]