Skimming the Surface: Flying reptile may have scooped its meals

8:34am, July 17, 2002

Fossils unearthed in Brazil strengthen the idea that some species of ancient flying reptiles snapped up fish as they swooped low over the water's surface.

The well-preserved skull and lower jaw of the newly described type of pterosaur–Greek for winged lizard–also provide clues about the function of large skull crests sported by many pterosaur species, says Alexander W.A. Kellner of the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro.

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