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Flying Lizard – Pterosaur Skeleton Discovered

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Pterosaur lives among dinosaurs 96-million years ago, also known as “Flying Lizard”, fossils of Pterosaur are discovered by a sheep grazier named Bob Elliot in Australia near Winton, Queensland, when Elliot found fossils, he took it to Australian age of Dinosaurs Museum Laboratory. The fossils of previous undiscovered Pterosaur has been named Lenton’s iron dragon, also called as Butch by researchers.

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Pterosaur fossils are third species to be named and rarely found in Australia, the researcher who studied the new species named it Ferrodraco Lentoni or Lenton’s iron dragon, in honor of Graham “Butch” Lenton. He was mayor of Winston, who died several months after the fossils were discovered in 2017. He supported regional communities in Queensland.

The fossils include the skull, eight limbs bones, larger part of the jaw, five partial vertebrae, 40 isolated spike-like teeth and large that once sat on its upper jaw at a 60-degree angle. Pterosaur is similar to flying dinosaurs depicted in the movie Jurassic Park, they fly over the entire continent.

“With a wingspan of around four meters (13 feet), Ferrodraco would have been an apex aerial predator around 96 million years ago,” said Adele Pentland, study author and Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum paleontologist. “At this time, the Winton region was on the southern shores of an inland sea and was globally positioned about where Victoria’s southern coastline is today.”

“Previously, only fragments from 15 different pterosaurs have been found in Australia, making this discovery a notable increase for the fossil record because it’s so well preserved.

With a total of 30 bones preserved, or 10% of Ferrodraco’s skeleton, the number of pterosaur bones reported from Australia has now tripled” she said.

The discovered fossils, when compared to pterosaur specimens, believe to belong, ornithocheirid group, these are known from Brazil and England.

Fossils are now displayed at the museum alongside another dinosaur from Winton Formation, a large unique sauropod called Savannasaurus Elliottorum.

“The Winton area has produced the majority of Australia’s large dinosaur fossils so presenting a significant pterosaur skeleton alongside the giants with which it co-existed is a huge bonus for science, education and regional tourism,” said David Elliott, co-founder of the museum who discovered the Savannasaurus fossil in 2005.

 

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