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New pterosaur from China celebrates international collaboration

A newly identified species of toothless pterosaur (ancient flying reptile) from China, named to celebrate international collaboration between Chinese and Brazilian researchers, is described in a paper in Scientific Reports. The species, dubbed Meilifeilong youhao and based on two specimens, provides insights into a group of medium-sized and high-crested China pterosaurs called chaoyangopterids.

Participation in the Terrible Lizards podcast

Earlier this year Taissa participated in the podcast Terrible Lizards, presented by Dr. Dave Hone and by Iszi Lawrence, talking about Brazilian pterosaurs and fossil trafficking. Available here.

Paleo-wildfires in Antarctica

Researchers Taissa Rodrigues and Rodrigo Figueiredo coauthored a work that described evidence of wildfires in Antarctica during the Late Cretaceous. Click here here for a news piece and here to read the open-access paper.

The vertebral air cavities of large pterosaurs disclose key adaptations for flight

A new study published characterizes the inner cavities of several vertebrae of a backbone thanks to micro-CT scans. The presence of air cavities in the postcranial skeleton was a key adaptation which allowed this group of large animals to fly.

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