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Anurognathus "without tail or jaws", belonged to a genus of small pterosaur that lived during the Late Jurassic Period, approximately 155-140 million years ago. Known from a specimen found in Germany in the 1920s, it had a tail that was no more than a stump and a short , blunt head with only a few small teeth. Its legs and feet, however, were well developed.
One possible explanation for these features is that the fossil is of a young animal, which would have changed shape as it became an adult. Anurognathus had a wingspan of 20 inches (50 centimeters) in length, and a 3.5 inches (9 centimeters) long body, including its skull. Anurognathus probably weighed only a few grams.
Image Courtesy of the BBC
Sculpture by CM Studio