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Cretaceous Toothless Dragon Pterosaurs
2014-08-19 03:25:12

Pensoft Publishers A new study provides an exciting insight into the Late Cretaceous and the diversity and distribution of the toothless 'dragon' pterosaurs from the Azhdarchidae family. The research was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. The Azhdarchidan pterosaurs derive their name from the Persian word for dragon - Aždarha. Interestingly, this derived and rather successful group of pterosaurs included some of the largest known flying animals of all times, with a wingspan...

pterosaur Caiuajara dobruskii
2014-08-15 07:08:21

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers have discovered nearly 50 bones belonging to a new species of winged reptile with a bizarre head crest comparable to a butterfly or a yacht sail, various media outlets reported earlier this week. The new creature, identified as Caiuajara dobruskii, lived in southern Brazil during the Cretaceous period. The remains were discovered in a pterosaur bone bed from an interdunal lake deposit from an ancient desert, and it...

Hamipterus tianshanensis
2014-06-06 05:00:33

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While working at a remarkable fossil site in China, a team of paleontologists has managed to unearth not only the first-ever three-dimensionally preserved pterosaur eggs, but at least dozens of bones representing an entirely new genus and species of the creature as well. According to research published Thursday in the Cell Press journal Current Biology, the study authors found a population of sexually dimorphic pterosaur species...

Int'l Research Team Names Most Primitive Species Of Flying Reptile
2014-04-24 14:57:10

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Pterosaurs, an order of winged reptiles that were the earliest reptiles to evolve powered flight and had gone on to become the largest known flying creatures to have ever existed, are at the center of a new fossil study from a team of international researchers. Researchers from the University of South Florida, George Washington University and Chinese Academy of Sciences say they have found the most primitive pterodactyloid known,...

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...

Image 1 - Tiny Fossil Fragment Reveals Giant-but-ugly-truth
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...

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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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