Fearsome New Pterosaur Species Discovered With 15-Foot Wingspan

Paleontologists discovered a new species of pterosaur in Australia, named Haliskia peterseni.

The fossilized remains were found in western Queensland by Kevin Petersen in 2021.

Researchers from Curtin University identified the new genus and species, an anhanguerian pterosaur.

Haliskia peterseni had an estimated wingspan of 15 feet and lived around 100 million years ago.

Pterosaurs were flying reptiles from the Late Triassic to the end of the Cretaceous period, with diverse sizes and adaptations.

The identification of Haliskia peterseni was based on its skull shape, teeth arrangement, and shoulder bone structure.

The specimen is the most complete anhanguerian pterosaur found in Australia, with 22 percent of the fossil intact.

Haliskia peterseni joins other significant marine fossils at Kronosaurus Korner, boosting science, education, and regional tourism.