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Pterosaur fossil from Scotland is largest Jurassic flier ever found

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An exceptionally well-preserved pterosaur fossil, unearthed on a Scottish island, represents the largest flying reptile ever discovered from the Jurassic Period.

With a wingspan of approximately 2.5 metres, an aerodynamic head and upper and lower teeth that criss-crossed each other like the stiff hairs on the leaf of a Venus flytrap, the new species provides evidence that pterosaurs started getting larger at a much earlier point in prehistory than previously thought.

The newly named 170-million-year-old Dearc sgiathanach was about the size of a modern albatross, says Natalia Jagielska at the University of Edinburgh, UK.
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The 747 of its day.
 

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Great find!

I wonder if it will offer any clues as to whether it had feathers or not. I've heard that some people think those flying reptiles might have had them.
 

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An exceptionally well-preserved pterosaur fossil, unearthed on a Scottish island, represents the largest flying reptile ever discovered from the Jurassic Period.

With a wingspan of approximately 2.5 metres, an aerodynamic head and upper and lower teeth that criss-crossed each other like the stiff hairs on the leaf of a Venus flytrap, the new species provides evidence that pterosaurs started getting larger at a much earlier point in prehistory than previously thought.

The newly named 170-million-year-old Dearc sgiathanach was about the size of a modern albatross, says Natalia Jagielska at the University of Edinburgh, UK.
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The 747 of its day.
Well, I learned something, Pterodactylus was only three and a half feet, this guy is seven feet.

Where are the big giants we see in the movies?
 

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Where are the big giants we see in the movies?

I know. It's like finding out Frankenstein was a five-foot guy wearing a padded suit and stacked shoes.

Sometimes I wish I had stayed a child.

:)
 

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Great find!

I wonder if it will offer any clues as to whether it had feathers or not. I've heard that some people think those flying reptiles might have had them.
Safe bet. Feathers evolved from reptilian scales. Unfortunately the conditions of fossilization prevent most feathers from being preserved.
 

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Safe bet. Feathers evolved from reptilian scales. Unfortunately the conditions of fossilization prevent most feathers from being preserved.

That's fascinating stuff. There's no telling what we might eventually find out about them.
 

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Well, I learned something, Pterodactylus was only three and a half feet, this guy is seven feet.

Where are the big giants we see in the movies?
Velociraptors are like half the size they were in the Jurassic Park films
 

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Velociraptors are like half the size they were in the Jurassic Park films
I know, I have some pterodacts in my spaceships, but they aren't as exciting anymore.
 
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