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Preondactylus is a genus of long-tailed peterosaur from the Late Triassic Period, fossil remains were found in the Italian Alps, near Udine in the Preone valley, in 1982 by Nando Buffarini. Preondactylus is one of the earliest known peterosaurs. It had several primitive features, including long legs and a short skull, but it was capable flier, skimming over lakes and lagoons to catch fish. One fossil consists of a jumble of bones apparently regurgitated by a large fish, it may have been swallowed after it crash-landed. Its wingspan was 5 feet (1.5 meters) in length.