Phoenix Pterosaur Rises Again Out of the Sahara

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Meet "Phoenix," a new pterosaur that once flew over what is now the Sahara desert.

The giant flying reptile, also known as a pterodactyl, lived 95 million years ago and is described in the latest issue of the journal PLoS ONE. Its scientific name is Alanqa saharica, which basically means "Phoenix of the Sahara" in Arabic. The Phoenix was a mythological flying creature that died in a fire and was reborn from the ashes of that fire.

This pterosaur Phoenix, however, was reborn out of ancient fossils unearthed in the Sahara.

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