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Enigmatic dinosaur precursors bridge the gap to the origin of Pterosauria

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Pterosaurs were the first vertebrates to evolve powered flight1 and comprised one of the main evolutionary radiations in terrestrial ecosystems of the Mesozoic era (approximately 252–66 million years ago), but their origin has remained an unresolved enigma in palaeontology since the nineteenth century2,3,4. These flying reptiles have been hypothesized to be the close relatives of a wide variety of reptilian clades, including dinosaur relatives2,3,4,5,6,7,8, and there is still a major morpholo...

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Peer reviewed

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10.1038/s41586-020-3011-4

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Publisher:
Springer Nature
Journal:
Nature More from this journal
Volume:
588
Pages:
445–449
Publication date:
2020-12-09
Acceptance date:
2020-09-25
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1476-4687
ISSN:
0028-0836
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English
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1133721
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2020-09-25

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