A well-preserved pterosaur fossil discovered on the Scottish island of Skye is now thought to be the world’s largest flying reptile from the Jurassic period, according to experts. The Pterosaur called dark existed some 170 million years ago.
They were soaring above lagoons in a sub-tropical habitat during the Jurassic period, grabbing fish and squid with crisscross teeth. The day individual had an enlarged cranium and a long stiff tail. A forensic investigation of its bones revealed that the day person was not completely matured and may have had a 10-foot wingspan as an adult.
“A stop-transfer comes from the middle Jurassic filling that very important time gap when evolution happened, and it’s very well preserved as thorough stars were flying animals they had to be very very light and had very thin bottom walls which means they are not very good for preservation or surviving for 170 million millions of years that’s a long time,” Paleontology Doctoral Student Natalia Jagielska said in a news interview.
“For one-millimeter thick bone and yet after also survived that process and it’s preserved in three dimensions fully intact or as we call it inter articulated as it would be in real life which is an anomaly because things like this don’t usually happen starches are really squashed because they’re very delicate and very literally get preserved especially for formations that aren’t known to be yielding fossils of Future preservation,” he continued.
“We had to battle the tides to collect it we almost lost the fossil we had to let it go to let the tide lap over it, and we had to worry for several hours come back nearly at midnight to collect it, and thankfully it was still there and then for the last five years or so we’ve been studying it here at the University of Edinburgh,” said another Paleontologist Steve Brusatte later.
Pterosaurs, which coexisted with dinosaurs, were the first of the three vertebrate groups to develop powered flight some 230 million years ago. Pterosaurs are some of the rarest animals in the fossil record, with walls as thin as a sheet of paper. Birds arrived approximately 150 million years ago, and bats around 50 million years ago.
“They’re closely related to dinosaurs but not dinosaurs,” Natalia explained, “they share the same common ancestor somewhere interesting there was a special lizard good luck rapid, and we think that was a common relative between dinosaurs and pterosaurs dinosaurs eventually evolved to be birds and flying animals while turtles evolved separately they share the same ancestor, but they’re very different animals, but they’re on the same tree it’s like saying we’re like cats.”
The Pterosaur was discovered in 2017 when a fossil protruding out of a limestone entered a zone after the tide had gone down. Researchers battled the tidal with hammers and chisels, then diamond-tipped saws, but the tide halted the extraction before the skeleton could be entirely retrieved.
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