As I was Saying… More Dinosaur Discoveries

Posted on February 14, 2008  Comments (1)

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As I was Saying… Tiny flying reptile with 10 inch wingspan found:

Palaeontologists have found a tiny flying reptile that, with a wingspan of less than 10 inches, is the smallest relative of the largest flying creature ever. Pterosaurs, the first creatures with backbones to take to the air, ruled the skies during the days of the dinosaurs and died out with them some 65 million years ago.

They came in a huge range of sizes: there were gull-sized creatures, such as Anurognathus, giants such as Anhanguera (“Old Devil”) and Tupuxuara with wing spans of about four metres, and massive flyers like Quetzalcoatlus, with wingspans of more than 10 metres. Now a miniature version is described by Xiaolin Wang

The remains were found in the Early Cretaceous Jiufotang Formation (120 million years ago), western Liaoning, China, and suggest it probably weighed between 30 and 50 grams. “This small pterosaur looked like a sparrow or swallow in size,” adds Dr Wang.” The creature is the smallest toothless pterosaur and the smallest to live during the Cretaceous period.”

One Response to “As I was Saying… More Dinosaur Discoveries”

  1. CuriousCat » Ancient Sea Monster
    February 27th, 2008 @ 12:44 pm

    “A fossilised ‘sea monster’ unearthed on an Arctic island is the largest marine reptile known to science, Norwegian scientists have announced. The 150 million-year-old specimen was found on Spitspergen…”

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