New research shows that the 115-million-year-old fossil found during a police raid in Santos Harbor, in the state of Sao Paulo in Brazil in 2013, is a well-preserved, about 90% complete petrosor / big-headed pterosaurs. Studies indicate that they belonged to the group of toothless reptiles / tapejaridae that lived 144 and 100 million years ago. Fossil remains containing soft tissues were obtained.
According to Victor Baccari, who conducted the study in 2013, the Federal Police in Brazil investigated the fossil trade activities and subsequently raided and found about 3,000 fossil samples.
Petrosor fossils belong to the genus Tupandactylus navigans. Fossils are protected by law in Brazil. And is part of the royal geological heritage. Therefore, government permission is required to collect fossils. The sale of fossils and private collections are also banned in Brazil. Experts estimate that this creature lived 115 million years ago. It has a long neck and a large head crest (large head crest /, wing span 9feet (2.7m)), 3 feet (1 meter) high, 40% of the height of the skull. Studies on fossils have been published in the scientific journal PLOS One.