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Fri Oct 4, 2019, 08:42 PM

A Fossil of a Ginormous Flying Reptile Has Just Been Discovered in Australia


ADELE PENTLAND, THE CONVERSATION 5 OCT 2019

The most significant pterosaur fossil ever discovered in Australia has been unearthed in the Winton area of central western Queensland.

The newly discovered species, which my colleagues and I have named Ferrodraco lentoni, had a wingspan of about 4 metres (13 feet). It lived around 96 million years ago, and was surprisingly similar to other pterosaurs from England, suggesting that these huge flying reptiles could traverse the globe with relative ease.

Pterosaurs are quite rare in the fossil record, as their bones are hollow and the outer bone in most instances is only 1 millimetre thick. Only 15 pterosaur specimens have ever been scientifically described from Australia, many of them incomplete.

Until recently, only two species of Australian pterosaur had been described: Mythunga camara and Aussiedraco molnari, both based on fossil skull fragments.

More:
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-ginormous-flying-pterosaurs-fossil-has-just-been-discovered-in-australia

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