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High Diversity Of Flying Reptiles 110 million Years Ago In England
2013-06-12 16:19:23

Pensoft Publishers Brazilian paleontologists Taissa Rodrigues, of the Federal University of Espirito Santo, and Alexander W. A. Kellner, of the National Museum of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, have just presented the most extensive review yet available of toothed pterosaurs from the Cretaceous of England. The study features detailed taxonomic information, diagnoses and photographs of 30 species and was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. Pterosaurs from the...

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...

Velociraptors Didn't Turn Down Free Meals
2012-03-07 07:43:28

Scientists have found evidence that specialized predators, such as the velociraptor, may not have been willing to turn down a free meal. A bone from a pterosaur (or “Pterodactyl”) has reportedly been found in the gut of a velociraptor that lived in the Gobi desert of Magnolia more than 75 million years ago. The scientists published their findings online in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, and Palaeoecology. This discovery suggests that the velociraptor may not have only...

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2011-10-13 10:51:26

Fossil in London's Natural History Museum is part of biggest-ever toothed pterosaur from dinosaur era New research from the Universities of Portsmouth and Leicester has identified a small fossil fragment at the Natural History Museum, London as being part of a giant pterosaur — setting a new upper limit for the size of winged and toothed animals. Dr David Martill from the University of Portsmouth and Dr David Unwin from the University of Leicester examined the fossil - which...

2011-09-15 17:26:00

Film showcases 3D and CGI technology to immerse audiences in a prehistoric world www.flyingmonsters-movie.com LOS ANGELES, Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- From ancient to modern times, there has been speculation that there were once "flying monsters" - huge reptiles with wingspans bigger than anything on the planet today. But could creatures this extraordinary really have existed? On October 7, 2011, the California Science Center IMAX Theater will explore this question and more...

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2011-07-07 10:59:56

Pterosaurs, flying reptiles from the time of the dinosaurs, were not driven to extinction by the birds, but in fact they continued to diversify and innovate for millions of years afterwards. A new study by Katy Prentice, done as part of her undergraduate degree (MSci in Palaeontology and Evolution) at the University of Bristol, shows that the pterosaurs evolved in a most unusual way, becoming more and more specialized through their 160 million years on Earth. The work is published July 6 in...

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2011-04-15 05:55:00

A new study by researchers at University of California-Davis finds that velociraptors had night vision that helped them stalk their prey at night. The study reverses conventional wisdom that dinosaurs were active by day while early mammals scurried around at night, said Ryosuke Motani, professor of geology at UC Davis and co-author of the report. "It was a surprise, but it makes sense," he said. Plant-eating dinosaurs also had some limited night vision, likely to satisfy their round the clock...

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2011-03-01 11:26:37

Unique specimen is first of its kind discovered as far south as Texas, where it flew over a vast ancient sea Fossilized bones discovered in Texas from a flying reptile that died 89 million years ago may be the earliest occurrence of the prehistoric creature known as Pteranodon. Previously, Pteranodon bones have been found in Kansas, South Dakota and Wyoming in the Niobrara and Pierre geological formations. This likely Pteranodon specimen is the first of its kind found in Texas, according to...

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2011-01-21 08:10:00

The discovery of an ancient fossil, nicknamed "ËœMrs. T', found with a fossilized egg in a Jurassic rock bed dating back 160 million years, has allowed scientists for the first time to sex pterodactyls. The fossil was found in the Jurassic sedimentary rocks of China's northeastern Liaoning Province and shows a nearly complete skeleton of a heavy-hipped female Darwinopterus and her egg. The find provides scientists with the first direct evidence for gender in these extinct reptilian...

2011-01-11 13:40:27

Persistence paid off for a University of Alberta paleontology researcher, who after months of pondering the origins of a fossilized jaw bone, finally identified it as a new species of pterosaur, a flying reptile that lived 70 million years ago. Victoria Arbour says she was stumped when the small piece of jaw bone was first pulled out of of a fossil storage cabinet in the U of A's paleontology department. "It could have been from a dinosaur, a fish or a marine reptile," said Arbour. " Arbour,...