Washington: Palaeontologists have claimed that a 95 million-year-old fossilised jaw discovered in Texas is a new genus and species of flying reptile known as Aetodactylus halli.
Aetodactylus halli is a pterosaur, a group of flying reptiles commonly referred to as pterodactyls.
The rare pterosaur -- literally a winged lizard – is also one of the youngest members in the world of the pterosaur family Ornithocheiridae, according to paleontologist Timothy
S. Myers, who identified and named Aetodactylus halli.
The newly identified reptile is only the second ornithocheirid ever documented in North America, says Myers, a postdoctoral fellow in the Huffington Department of Earth
Sciences at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Aetodactylus halli would have soared over what is now the Dallas-Fort Worth area during the Cretaceous Period when much of the Lone Star state was under water, covered by a vast ancient sea.
While rare in North America, toothed pterosaurs belonging to the Ornithocheiridae are a major component of Cretaceous pterosaur faunas elsewhere in the world, Myers