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Tapejaridae are toothless pterosaurs. The name ‘’tapejara’’ means, in Tupi, the one who knows the way, the guide. Little is known about their life habits, but the tapejaridae may have been arboreal, clinging to trees with their curved claws. Their eyes were usually small, but studies of the interior of the braincase show that they had good eyesight, possibly relying on it to hunt, move around, or interact with their mates. Studies suggest that some tapejaridae could be active for short intervals throughout the day, resting the rest of the time. The fossil is formed by a skull without a snout and a crest, a kind of tuft, which are preserved. According to studies, the piece is more than 60 centimeters. The entire head was perhaps 1 meter long. It is estimated that the size of the animal was about 4 meters in wingspan. Considered a cousin of the dinosaurs, the pterosaur was a species of flying reptile that went completely extinct at the end of the Cretaceous era.

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  • Title: Tapejaridae
  • Original Source: Curadoria Museu de Ciências da Terra

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