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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:31 PM

Fossil of Flying Dino-Age Reptile Found

Source: Live Science

Fossil of Flying Dino-Age Reptile Found

by Megan Gannon, News Editor
Date: 04 February 2013 Time: 02:20 PM ET

Scientists say they've discovered the fossilized bones of a new type of pterosaur, a flying dinosaur-age reptile, which lived about 68 million years ago and had a wingspan of nearly 10 feet (3-meters).

The skeletal bits of the mid-sized pterosaur were found in Sebeş-Glod in Romania's Transylvanian Basin, famous for its rich array of Late Cretaceous fossils, including crocodylomorphs (ancient relatives of crocodiles), mammals, turtles and dinosaurs like the dwarf sauropod Magyarosaurus dacus and the dromaeosaur Balaur. Scientists dubbed the new reptile Eurazhdarcho langendorfensis and say it belonged to a group of pterosaurs called the azhdarchids.

Pterosaurs lived among the dinosaurs and became extinct about the same time, but they were not dinosaurs. They are sometimes wrongly called pterodactyls, which actually just describes the first genus of pterosaur discovered by scientists in the 18th century. Small pterosaurs developed during the Triassic Period, about 230 to 200 million years ago. Later, during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, more advanced forms of the flying reptiles, like azhdarchids, started evolving.

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Read more: http://www.livescience.com/26835-fossil-of-flying-dino-age-reptile-found.html

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:35 PM

1. And they only flew at night,

lived forever, and slept in stone coffins.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:44 PM

2. I think they glided as opposed to flew as birds do

inasmuch they may not have been able to take off from flat ground at sea level by flapping their wings.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:54 PM

3. Pterosaurs are freaking neat

It's been theorized that azhdarchids, while capable of flight, probably spent more time on the ground, acting like storks from hell;


And in case you're interested in scale...

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:31 PM

4. that's awesome.

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Response to Soylent Brice (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:35 PM

5. It's an amazing thing to consider...

How incredibly few species are represented in the fossil record. There is no reason why the world of the late cretaceous would have been less biologically diverse than the modern world, and look how much wild shit we've got going on!

Just imagine what must have existed, that we will never know about.

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:51 PM

6. i think of that often,

the amazing creatures that've roamed the earth. there's so much we still don't, and won't ever, know.

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 04:15 AM

7. Amazing

One of those would keep the pigeons out my garden.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 07:04 AM

8. And children n/t

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #8)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 07:49 AM

9. Two nations......

What we call front and back garden you refer to as front and back yard. In this case I meant my back / rear garden which is shut off and secluded but easily accessed by the local pigeons as is the roof of my Victorian house too.

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 12:10 AM

10. Storks? What about pelicans? nt

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