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Scientists find ancient flying ‘Monkeydactyl’ with oldest opposed thumb – CNET

A 160-million-year-old fossil of a reptile is hitching a ride into the history books.



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The Jurassic pterosaur Kunpengopterus antipollicatus had opposed thumbs and likely led a tree-dwelling existence.
Chuang Zhao
Humans tend to think of our thumbs as a sign of sophistication. We need to make space for a newly discovered species of flying reptile that scientists say sports the oldest true opposed thumb ever found. The researchers nicknamed it “Monkeydactyl.”
The pterosaur species Kunpengopterus antipollicatus lived during the Jurassic era in China. It was fairly small, with a wingspan…

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