Meet the pterodactyl's oldest cousin

Dinosaur skull.
(Image credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Before the dinosaurs hit their stride, the Earth may have belonged to a different kind of reptile: the pterosaur.

Paleontologists have discovered a new species of pterosaur, the reptile family to which the famed pterodactyl belongs. Dating back about 210 million years, the bones of Caelestiventus hanseni are changing what we know about these prehistoric creatures.

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Shivani is the editorial assistant at TheWeek.com and has previously written for StreetEasy and Mic.com. A graduate of the physics and journalism departments at NYU, Shivani currently lives in Brooklyn and spends free time cooking, watching TV, and taking too many selfies.