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‘Flying Dragon’ roamed the southern skies too, say scientists


‘Flying Dragon’ roamed the southern skies too, say scientists

The fossil of a pterosaur previously only linked to the northern hemisphere has been found in Chile’s Atacama Desert

Dave Sherwood

Scientists in Chile’s Atacama Desert have unearthed the fossil remains of a so-called “flying dragon”, a Jurassic-era pterosaur previously known only to the northern hemisphere.

The flying reptile belonged to a group of early pterosaurs that roamed the earth 160-million years ago. It had a long, pointed tail, wings and sharp, outward pointing teeth.

The beast’s fossil remains were discovered by Osvaldo Rojas, director of the Atacama Desert Museum of Natural History and Culture, and then further investigated by scientists at the University of Chile...

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