''Bizarre Beasts'' Were Real (Believe It or Not)

Photos: ''Bizarre'' Animals That Really Lived
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So new to science that it hasn't even been named yet, this African pterosaur lived alongside dinosaurs about 110 million years ago in the Cretaceous period.

Nail-like teeth and a 16-foot (5-meter) wingspan likely helped the flyer catchand hold ontofish from African rivers, according to University of Chicago paleontologist Paul Sereno, whose team discovered the species in the Sahara of Niger.

"This find puts African pterosaurs on the map," said Sereno, who is also an explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society.

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Photograph by Gary Staab, courtesy National Geographic Society
 
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