Amateur archaeologists discovered the remains of an ancient pterosaur. The lizard lived about 125 million years ago, writes the BBC.
The find was made on the Isle of Wight off the south coast of Great Britain in the English Channel. An amateur archaeologist (his name is not disclosed) discovered a fragment of the jaw of the lizard and showed it to graduate student paleontologist of the University of Portsmouth Megan Jacobs.
In the fossil, the scientist recognized “the jaw characteristic of tapeyarids, in which there are many tiny holes designed for the sensory organs that recognize food”.
After the researchers determined that the fossil belonged to the pterosaur – a lizard with large brightly colored ridges on its head, which lived about 125 million years ago – the find was transferred to the island’s dinosaur museum in Sandown.
“The fossil of this new species has replenished the many remains of dinosaurs and other ancient reptiles found on the island. In general, this place occupies one of the most important positions in the world in the study of dinosaurs of the Cretaceous period (145-66 million years ago)”.
David Martill, co-author of the research
Previously, scientists found that dinosaurs engaged in cannibalism in order to survive. Paleontologists have found clear evidence that the ancient lizards could eat representatives of their own species.