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International team discover new species of flying reptiles
A community of flying reptiles that inhabited the Sahara 100 million years ago has been discovered by a University of Portsmouth palaeontologist and an international team of scientists. (2020-03-26)
Fossil finds give clues about flying reptiles in the Sahara 100 million years ago
Three new species of toothed pterosaurs -- flying reptiles of the Cretaceous period, some 100 million years ago -- have been identified in Africa by an international team of scientists led by Baylor University. (2020-03-25)
Paleontologists identify new group of pterosaurs
New research suggests that ancient flying reptiles known as pterosaurs were much more diverse than originally thought, according to a new study by an international group of paleontologists including scientists at the University of Alberta and the Museu Nacional in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (2019-11-29)
Paleontology: New Australian pterosaur may have survived the longest
The discovery of a previously unknown species of pterosaur, which may have persisted as late as the Turonian period (90-93 million years ago), is reported in Scientific Reports this week. (2019-10-03)
USC scientist identifies new species of giant flying reptile
USC scientist and colleagues found a new species of giant flying reptile that once soared over North America. (2019-09-10)
New flying reptile species was one of largest ever flying animals
A newly identified species of pterosaur is among the largest ever flying animals, according to a new study from Queen Mary University of London. (2019-09-09)
Filter-feeding pterosaurs were the flamingos of the Late Jurassic
Modern flamingos employ filter feeding and their feces are, as a result, rich in remains of microscopically-small aquatic prey. (2019-08-26)
Baby pterodactyls could fly from birth
A breakthrough discovery has found that pterodactyls, extinct flying reptiles also known as pterosaurs, had a remarkable ability -- they could fly from birth. (2019-06-12)
Feathers came first, then birds
New research, led by the University of Bristol, suggests that feathers arose 100 million years before birds -- changing how we look at dinosaurs, birds, and pterosaurs, the flying reptiles. (2019-06-03)
New Jurassic non-avian theropod dinosaur sheds light on origin of flight in Dinosauria
A new Jurassic non-avian theropod dinosaur from 163-million-year-old fossil deposits in northeastern China provides new information regarding the incredible richness of evolutionary experimentation that characterized the origin of flight in the Dinosauria. (2019-05-08)
The fossilization process of the dinosaur remains
A piece of work conducted between the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country and the University of Zaragoza has conducted an in-depth analysis of the dinosaur fossils at La Cantalera-1, one of the Iberian sites belonging to the Lower Cretaceous with the largest number of vertebrates. (2019-05-06)
New Cretaceous fossil sheds light on avian reproduction
A team of scientists led by Alida Bailleul and Jingmai O'Connor from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences reported the first fossil bird ever found with an egg preserved inside its body. (2019-03-20)
A small plesiosaur lived in Spain 125 million years ago
Plesiosaurs, erroneously viewed as dinosaurs, inhabited all the seas between 200 million and 65 million years ago. (2019-03-04)
Spectacular flying reptiles soared over Britain's tropical Jurassic past
Spectacular flying reptiles armed with long teeth and claws which once dominated the skies have been rediscovered, thanks a paleontology student's Ph.D. research. (2018-12-20)
HKU fossil imaging helps push back feather origins by 70 million years
In a new study published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, an international team led by Professor Baoyu Jiang of Nanjing University and including Dr Michael Pittman of the Department of Earth Sciences, the University of Hong Kong, shows that pterosaurs had at least four types of feathers in common with their close relatives the dinosaurs, pushing back the origin of feathers by some 70 million years. (2018-12-18)
New discovery pushes origin of feathers back by 70 million years
An international team of palaeontologists, which includes the University of Bristol, has discovered that the flying reptiles, pterosaurs, actually had four kinds of feathers, and these are shared with dinosaurs -- pushing back the origin of feathers by some 70 million years. (2018-12-17)
Medullary bone found in Cretaceous birds
A team of scientists led by Jingmai O'Connor from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), Chinese Academy of Sciences, reported the first occurrence of medullary bone in Enantiornithes, the dominant clade of birds during the Cretaceous. (2018-12-05)
Gigantic mammal 'cousin' discovered
During the Triassic period (252-201 million years ago) mammal-like reptiles called therapsids co-existed with ancestors to dinosaurs, crocodiles, mammals, pterosaurs, turtles, frogs, and lizards. (2018-11-22)
150-million-year old, piranha-like specimen is earliest known flesh-eating fish
Researchers reporting in Current Biology on Oct. 18 have described a remarkable new species of fish that lived in the sea about 150 million years ago in the time of the dinosaurs. (2018-10-18)
T. Rex couldn't stick out its tongue, new research shows
Dinosaurs are often depicted as fierce creatures, baring their teeth, with tongues wildly stretching from their mouths like giant, deranged lizards. (2018-06-20)
Jurassic diet: Why our knowledge of what ancient pterosaurs ate might be wrong
Research reveals knowledge of prehistoric diets is often based on outdated ideas and could be inaccurate. (2018-06-07)
Study casts doubt on traditional view of pterosaur flight
A new study of how ligaments restrict joint movement suggests that pterosaurs and 'four-winged' dinosaurs couldn't have flown in the same way that bats do. (2018-05-22)
The early bird got to fly: Archaeopteryx was an active flyer
The question of whether the Late Jurassic dino-bird Archaeopteryx was an elaborately feathered ground dweller, a glider, or an active flyer has fascinated palaeontologists for decades. (2018-03-13)
Pterosaurs went out with a bang, not a whimper
Fossils of six new species of pterosaurs -- giant flying reptiles that flew over the heads of the dinosaurs -- have been discovered by a research team led by the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath, revealing that this lineage was killed off in its prime. (2018-03-13)
Dinosaur age meets the space age at NASA Goddard
A slab of sandstone found on the campus of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland may help scientists rewrite the history of mammal and dinosaur co-existence during the Cretaceous era. (2018-01-31)
Exceptionally preserved eggs and embryos reveal the life history of a pterosaur
Dr. WANG Xiaolin, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and his team reported on hundreds of three-dimensional (3-D) pterosaur eggs of the species Hamipterus tianshanensis from a Lower Cretaceous site in the Turpan-Hami Basin, 16 of which contain embryonic remains, allowing for an unexpected look at the embryology and reproductive strategy of these flying reptiles. (2017-12-01)
Hundreds of fossilized eggs sheds light on pterosaur development
An invaluable collection of more than 200 eggs is providing new insights into the development and nesting habits of pterosaurs. (2017-11-30)
UT Austin study raises question: Why are fossilized hairs so rare?
New research led by The University of Texas at Austin has found that when it comes to preserving body parts, fossilized hair is rare--five times rarer than feathers--despite being an important tool for understanding ancient species. (2017-09-07)
Paleontologists solve pterosaur pelvis puzzle
Following a discovery in 2015 in Alberta's Dinosaur Provincial Park, Greg Funston puzzled for two years over a mysterious bone trying to identify the species of the animal -- as well as the part of the body -- the bone belonged to. (2017-07-12)
Early dinosaur 'cousin' discovered -- and it's not like scientists thought it'd be
Dinosaurs, pterosaurs, birds, and crocodiles are all part of a group called archosaurs. (2017-04-12)
Ancient fossil reveals first evidence of live birth in animals thought to lay eggs
The first ever evidence of live birth in an animal group previously thought to lay eggs exclusively has been discovered by an international team of scientists, including a palaeontologist from the University of Bristol. (2017-02-14)
Fossil discovery rewrites understanding of reproductive evolution
A remarkable 250-million-year-old 'terrible-headed lizard' fossil found in China shows an embryo inside the mother -- clear evidence for live birth. (2017-02-14)
Small but mighty: Fruit fly muscles
A new study explains the nimble, complex maneuvers that allow the pesky fruit fly to evade being swatted. (2017-01-27)
230-million-year-old Texas reptile had bizarre 'dinosaurian' features
A newly described species of extinct reptile that roamed in Texas more than 200 million years ago had a strikingly dome-shaped head, much like that of dinosaurs that lived 100 million years or so later. (2016-10-03)
New species of pterosaur discovered in Patagonia
Scientists today announced the discovery of a new species of pterosaur from the Patagonia region of South America. (2016-08-30)
A rare small specimen discovered from the age of flying giants
A rare small-bodied pterosaur, a flying reptile from the Late Cretaceous period approximately 77 million years ago, is the first of its kind to have been discovered on the west coast of North America. (2016-08-30)
Paleontologists discover 250-million-year-old new species of reptile in Brazil
An international team of scientists, from three Brazilian universities and one UK university, have discovered a new fossil reptile that lived 250 million years ago in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, southernmost Brazil. (2016-03-11)
New basal bird from China reveals the morphological diversity in early birds
A new species, Chongmingia zhengi, reported in the journal of Scientific Reports on Jan. (2016-03-01)
New North American pterosaur is a Texan -- but flying reptile's closest cousin is English
A new species of toothy pterosaur is a native of Texas, but is strikingly similar to an English species. (2015-12-08)
New book 'On the Wing' tracks evolution of flight in natural world
David Alexander has spent the past 20 years focusing largely on animal flight in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas, and this month he published his third book on the subject, titled 'On the Wing: Insects, Pterosaurs, Birds, Bats and the Evolution of Flight' (Oxford University Press, 2015). (2015-10-21)
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