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Flying Dinosaur Fossils Found The Transylvanian Basin
2013-02-05 04:10:51

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international group of scientists, led by the University of Southampton, has identified a new pterosaur — or flying dinosaur. The team, which included scientists from the Transylvanian Museum Society in Romania, and the Museau Nacional in Rio de Janiero, examined the approximately 68 million year old fossilized bones found in the Late Cretaceous Sebes-Glod rocks of the Transylvanian Basin in Romania. Home to many dinosaurs...

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2009-08-06 09:50:00

The fossil of a unique dinosaur was discovered on Wednesday in China. The fossil of the pterosaur, the first identified flying vertebrate, indicates that the creatures had intricate wing fibers that allowed them to fly with the accuracy and power of birds. The team of Brazilian, German, Chinese and British researchers supports the hypothesis that the pterosaur, or pterodactyl, soared the skies 220 million years ago. A new method that includes pointing ultra-violet rays on the fossil dug up...

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2009-02-09 09:45:00

In just four years, a University of Portsmouth paleontologist has discovered 48 new species from the age of the dinosaurs, while other scientists took 180 years to identify the same number. Dr Steve Sweetman's discoveries, found hidden in mud on the Isle of Wight, are around 130 million years old and shed valuable light on the poorly understood world in which well known dinosaurs roamed. Steve, a research associate with the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, has found in ancient...

2008-06-29 06:02:09

By Perkins, Sid Most fossils of pterosaurs, flying reptiles that soared the skies while dinosaurs strolled below, have been found in marine sediments. Scientists thought the creatures spent a lot of time flying over the seas, possibly snatching fish from the water, says Mark Witton, a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Portsmouth in England. After studying fossils, Witton and colleague Darren Naish suggest a different lifestyle for a group of large pterosaurs called azhdarchids....


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  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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