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A plundered pterosaur reveals the extinct flyer’s extreme headgear
A seized fossil reveals the full glory of a winged reptile from the age of the dinosaurs.
When police busted a fossil-smuggling operation at Brazil’s largest port, they recovered six yellowish limestone slabs — in which the nearly complete remains of an extinct winged reptile called a pterosaur were embedded. What’s more, this pterosaur species was formerly known only from skulls.