New fossil gliding reptile

Going through a small private collection that we recently acquired I came across this incredible specimen:

It looks like a pachypleurosaur with a difference – it appears to have had wings. This is probably a preservational artifact, but having seen the original specimen with my own eyes it really doesn’t look like the fossil or the matrix around it has been faked.

There have been (and still are) lots of unusual gliding lizards out there, from Sharovipteryx to Draco volans, but this one is different in seeming to have specialised structures for the wings that are not adaptations of existing body parts. I will describe this in more detail, but for now I tentatively propose the name Aprilpleurosaurus primus.

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