A new flying reptile in the French sky… of the Cretaceous

The discovery of a pterosaur in the Cretaceous deposits of the Provence region (southern France) has just been published by a French-Belgian team of palaeontologists.

Pterosaur's bones

 This unique fossil belongs the widespread family Azhdarchidae and is assigned to a new genus and species, Mistralazhdarcho maggii. The material described represents the first partial skeleton of a pterosaur recovered from the latest Cretaceous deposits of Western Europe, and the new taxon is one of the most completely known European azhdarchids. Mistralazhdarcho maggii was a large-sized pterosaur (wingspan about 4.5 meters) that shares similar anatomical features with Alanqa saharica, another azhdarchid known from the early Late Cretaceous of Morocco.

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Reference : Vullo R, Garcia G, Godefroit P, Cincotta A, Valentin X. (2018) Mistralazhdarcho maggii, gen. et sp. nov., a new azhdarchid pterosaur from the Upper Cretaceous of southeastern France. J Vert Paleontol 38.