Pelican-like pterosaur discovered

September 11, 2014 3:07 PM

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Alex Keller presents fossils and replicas of a Pterosaur of the ‘Tropeognathus Mesembrinus’ species in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 20, 2013. — AFP picPARIS, Sept 11 — Fossil hunters have found the remains of a pterosaur whose jaw suggests the flying reptile skimmed fish from surface water and stored the prey in a pelican-like throat pouch, they said today.

The unusual creature has been named Ikrandraco avatar—a tribute to the pterosaur-like flying creatures, “ikran,” in James Cameron’s sci-fi movie Avatar.

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