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The new species was named Lacusovagus, meaning lake wanderer

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New flying reptile species found 

The new species was named Lacusovagus, meaning lake wanderer
A new fossil species of flying reptile with a wingspan the size of a family
car has been uncovered by scientists. 
A researcher at the University of Portsmouth has identified the new type of
pterosaur, the largest of its kind ever to have been discovered. 
It would have flown in the skies above Brazil 115 million years ago. 
Mark Witton estimated that the pterosaur had a wingspan of 16.4ft (5m) and
would have been more than 39in (1m) tall at the shoulder.

Mr Witton's findings were published in the journal Palaeontology in


Ancient Flying Reptile Bigger Than a Car
LiveScience Staff

LiveScience.com livescience Staff

livescience.com - Thu Dec 4, 12:24 pm ET AP - A visitor looks at a
reconstructed biological model of a 'Quetzalcoatlus northropi' at the
'Pterosaurs; . 
 Slideshow: Pterosaurs A fossil of a toothless flying pterosaur, with a body
bigger than some family cars , represents the largest of these extinct
reptiles ever to be found and has forced the creation of a new genus,
scientists announced today. 

Pterosaurs ruled the skies 115 million years ago during the dinosaur age .
They are often mistaken for dinosaurs . 

Mark Witton of the University of Portsmouth identified the creature from a
partial skull fossil . Witton estimates the beast would have had a 5.5-yard
(5-meter) wingspan. It stood more than a yard (about 1 meter) tall at the



Fossil provides glimpse of giant flying reptile

James Randerson, science correspondent The Guardian, Thursday December 4
Soaring overhead in the Cretaceous skies with taut, leathery wings longer
than a family car, it would have made an unnerving sight. Scientists who
analysed a fossil that lay in a German museum for years after its discovery
have glimpsed for the first time one of the most imposing of the prehistoric

Lacusovagus magnificens, or "magnificent lake wanderer", is the largest
toothless prehistoric flying reptile ever found