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Massive, ancient flying reptile had 'large fangs' that formed 'a toothy cage'


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My, what big teeth you have.

Pterosaurs may have scared frenzied tourists in 2015's "Jurassic World," but a newly classified species of the ancient reptile may have scared the wits out of its prey during the Jurassic era because of its massive fangs, a trait largely unseen in any of its relatives.

Known as Klobiodon rochei (which means "cage tooth"), the species was discovered after bone fragments were taken from Stonefield Slate — an area, approximately 10 miles northwest of Oxford, described as a "rich source of Jurassic fossils." It was where the Megalosaurus, the first dinosaur discovered in Britain, was found.
The fossil remains had been misidentified since the 19th century & have only been recently reexamined & reinterpreted. Fascinating diversity among the pterosaurs.

The article has a life-like rendering of the living animal by Mark Witton. I recently purchased a book on pterosaurs by Witton, who is both a paleontologist & life reconstruction artist.

Interesting to find this article on Fox's web site which is becoming more tabloidish each day.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klobiodon

New Jurassic-Era Pterosaur Discovered in England | Paleontology | Sci-News.com
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