02nd Jun 2020

Tapejarid Pterosaur Discovered in United Kingdom

A new genus and species of pterosaur has been discovered in the United Kingdom! On the Isle of Wight, a discovery of particular magnitude has been made, as England’s first tapejarid pterosaur is unveiled. The animal, named Wightia declivirostris, was identified as a tapejarid thanks to the structure of its upper jaw bone, the premaxilla. The discovery of Wightia is one of the oldest recorded occurrences of tapejarids outside of China. Tapejarids are characteristically known for their strange,...