Newly found Pterosaur fossils provide important example of variety in pterosaur forms especially during Late Cretaceous

Newly found Pterosaur fossils provide important example of variety in pterosaur forms especially during Late Cretaceous

The pterosaur found lately was an actual pip-squeak in comparison to the quite bigger flying reptiles that used to flap throughout the skies during the age of dinosaurs.

Researchers have discovered some fossils in the a place presently known as British Columbia, and explained the discovery in a latest study as belonging to a pterosaur that used to be present on Earth nearly 77 million years back. They said that it probably possessed a wingspan estimated to be 5 feet long.

The study authors said that the pterosaur was probably house cat-sized, measuring 1 foot tall at the shoulder. The researchers added that it was notably smaller in comparison to any other pterosaur from that epoch. They said that it was the first of its kind discovered on North America's west coast.

The new pterosaur doesn’t possess an official name so far. Scientists wrote in the study that the fossils have provided a significant example of the variety in pterosaur kinds, mainly at the time of the Late Cretaceous, when their diversity was declining.

Pterosaurs used to live next to both dinosaurs and birds, but were none of them. They represented a unique reptile lineage that covered the Late Triassic Period to the Cretaceous Period end (roughly 228 million to 66 million years back).

The researchers reported that the mentioned fossils belong to later part of the Cretaceous and represent just a part of the animal's skeleton, including some vertebrae, a wing bone and many other fragments. They said that the fossils were poorly preserved.

However, the study's main author, Elizabeth Martin-Silverstone, doctoral student in paleobiology at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, said that the fossils were still identifiable as a part of pterosaur, which possessed hollow bones typically made for flight.


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