The fossilised remains of Anhanguera were revolutionary in helping to end some debates on whether pterosaurs could walk on two legs or four. Anhanguera could walk on either two or four legs meaning it quadrupedal. Fossil remains of Anhanguera have been found in the U.K at the famous chalk of England‘s Cambridge Greensand, of the lower Cretaceous Cenomanian stage. Anhanguera also has been included, is to show the similar characteristics of pterosaurs that lived far away from one another in geological and geographical terms but shared an evolutionary similarity.
- Anhanguera blittersdorffi
- blittersdorffi [Type] (Campos & Kellner 1985) santanae (Wellnhofer 1985) cuvieri & fittoni (2000, Unwin et al)
- Meaning of generic name
- Old Devil
- Wingspan: 4-5 m
- Several skeletons, isolated teeth and bones, Sections of skull
- Age and Distribution
- Lower Cretaceous Greensand Formation (Albian), Cambridge, England.
Lower Cretaceous Santana Formation (Cenomanian), Brazil.
- Pterosauria Pterodactyloidea Ornithocheiridae
- Further Reading
- Campos, D. A., and Kellner, A. W. A. (1985). "Panorama of the Flying Reptiles Study in Brazil and South America (Pterosauria/ Pterodactyloidea/ Anhangueridae)." Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências, 57(4):141–142 & 453-466
- Image by Nobu Tamura (click to enlarge)