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February 4 2013

Scientists Discover New Kind of Flying Pterosaur


About 68 million years ago during the late Cretaceous period, a dinosaur flew through the skies. Known as Eurazhdarcho langendorfensis, the giant lizard belonged to a group of pterosaurs called the azhdarchids. They possessed long necks and long beaks, and had wings that were specifically designed for soaring. Yet before now, researchers didn't even know this particular flying creature existed. Scientists from the Transylvanian Museum Society in Romania, the University of Southampton in the UK and the Museau Nacional in Rio de Janiero have recently identified the pterosaur as a new species of azhdarchid.

The remains of the pterosaur were found in the Transylvanian Basin, which is world-famous for its many Late Cretaceous fossils which range from mammals to ancient relatives of crocodiles.

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