Thapunngaka shawi

Thapunngaka shawi is the name given to the new species of pterosaur or flying reptile found in the Toolebuc Formation in North West Queensland, Australia. It had dwelled on Earth some 100 million years ago. It was named in honour of Len Shaw, a local fossicker who discovered the fossil. The genus names “thapun” and “ngaka” are Wanamara terms for spear and mouth respectively.
The pterosaurÂ’s wingspan is estimated to be around 23 feet. It had 1 metre long skull along with 40 teeth. It is only the third species of Anhanguerian pterosaur found in Australia. The discovery significantly increases the understanding of the Australian pterosaur diversity.

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