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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Pterodaustro was a
Cretaceous pterodactyloid pterosaur from South America, living 105
million years ago. The genus was named in 1969 by Jose Bonaparte as
an as yet undescribed nomen nudum. The first description followed
in 1970, making the name valid, the type species being Pterodaustro
guinazui. The genus name is derived from Greek pteron, "wing" and
Latin auster, "south (wind)." The elements are combined as a
condensed pteron de austro, "wing from the south." The specific
name honours paleontologist Roman Guinazu. It was emended in 1978
by Peter Wellnhofer into guinazui, because diacritical signs as the
tilde are not allowed in species names. The first fossils, among
them the holotype PLV 2571, a thigh bone, were in the late sixties
discovered by Bonaparte in the Lagarcito Formation, situated in the
San Luis Province of Patagonia, Argentina, and dating from the
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