Type: Pterosaur, meat eater
Age: 110 million years old
Wingspan: 16 feet
Discovery site: Niger, West Africa


Africa’s first flying reptile, the African pterosaur is a close cousin of the dinosaurs had a very different look and lifestyle. Based on numberous trackways, paleontologists believe pterosaurs were relatively clumsy on land, walking slowly on all fours. In the air however, pterosaurs were agile hunters and grew to sizes unrivaled by modern-day fliers like birds or bats.