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Sharovipteryx (“Sharov’s wing”, known until 1981 as Podopteryx, “foot wing”), was an early gliding reptile, from the middle-late Triassic period. It was approximately eight inches long, with an extremely long tail, and weighed about 7.5 grams. It may have been closely related — or perhaps even ancestral — to pterosaurs, although this remains controversial. Unlike pterosaurs, its main flight membrane was stretched between long back legs rather than its very short front limbs.

Sharovipteryx (“Sharov’s wing”, known until 1981 as Podopteryx, “foot wing”), was an early gliding reptile, from the middle-late Triassic period. It was approximately eight inches long, with an extremely long tail, and weighed about 7.5 grams. It may have been closely related — or perhaps even ancestral — to pterosaurs, although this remains controversial. Unlike pterosaurs, its main flight membrane was stretched between long back legs rather than its very short front limbs.