Washington, Oct 18 (ANI): A new study has revealed that pterosaurs
was the ultimate flying champ of the dinosaur era, and could clock up to 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometres) at a stretch.
Preserved in a lifelike arrangement, the pterosaur
neck bones show no signs of having been digested.
According to study leader Nizar Ibrahim of Ireland's University College Dublin, the jaw and neck bones of the newfound fossil make it the oldest known ancestor of the azhdarchids, a type of large pterosaur
Each piece is well preserved, uncrushed, and unlike most other pterosaur
fossils, retains its original three dimension shape.
- named from the Greek for winged lizards - were flying dinosaurs that lived on the earth between 65 and 230 million years ago.
Though Kryptodrakon is the oldest pterodactyloid pterosaur
at around 163 million years old, this group of flying reptiles doesn't include all pterosaurs
, some of which lived and flew even earlier," she says.
Many of these groups later evolved their own skin appendages, including filaments on pterosaur
wings, quills on the tails of some plant-eating ornithischian dinosaurs, and the proto-feathers of theropod dinosaurs.
Driven by the information he finds as he attempts to answer these questions, Attenborough starts to unravel one of science's more enduring questions, discovering that the marvel of pterosaur
flight has evolutionary echoes that resonate even today.
Using his 40 years of experience in the engineering industry, Colin Palmer constructed models of pterosaur
wing sections from thin, curved sheets of epoxy resin/carbon fiber composite and tested them in a wind tunnel.
Above their heads amid the chandeliers was a life-size pterosaur
- a pre-historic flying reptile.
Dressed in cream trousers, long dark jacket and cream scarf, Mrs Blair also admired a cast of a pterosaur
, the last of the flying dinosaurs, and a giant spider crab.
Among Anning's other discoveries were an early Jurassic pterosaur
, called Dimorphodon.
New Delhi, Mar 24 ( ANI ): A rare skull fossil of a pterosaur
has been discovered in northeast China, a press release from the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) said.
Washington, March 7 ( ANI ): A bone from a pterosaur
- giant flying reptile or 'pterodactyl' - has been discovered in the gut of the skeletal remains of a Velociraptor (small predatory theropod dinosaur) that lived in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia some 75 million years ago.
Whitcomb became convinced that the ropen is a pterosaur
, commonly called by Americans "pterodactyl" or "flying dinosaur.