The first remains of a winged lizard discovered in Chile

Researchers first found the remains of a flying reptile in South America. Previously, scientists believed that the habitat of pterosaurs was much smaller.

Chilean scientists have discovered the first in the Southern Hemisphere, the remains of a Jurassic winged raptor – the pterosaur. The fossils of a dinosaur that lived about 160 million years ago in the territory of the modern Atacama Desert were discovered in 2009. But scientists have only now confirmed that this is a pterosaur – the first such creature found in Gondwana, the prehistoric supercontinent that later formed the territory of the Southern Hemisphere.

Researcher Jonathan Alarcón from the University of Chile noted that these creatures had a wingspan of up to two meters, a long tail, and a pointed beak. “We show that the distribution of animals in this group was wider than it is believed,” he added. The find is also “the oldest known pterosaur found in Chile,” scientists reported in the journal Acta Paleontologica Polonic.

Chilean scientists have discovered the first in the Southern Hemisphere, the remains of a Jurassic winged raptor – the pterosaur. The fossils of a dinosaur that lived about 160 million years ago in the territory of the modern Atacama Desert were discovered in 2009. But scientists have only now confirmed that this is a pterosaur – the first such creature found in Gondwana, the prehistoric supercontinent that later formed the territory of the Southern Hemisphere.

Researcher Jonathan Alarcón from the University of Chile noted that these creatures had a wingspan of up to two meters, a long tail, and a pointed beak. “We show that the distribution of animals in this group was wider than it is believed,” he added. The find is also “the oldest known pterosaur found in Chile,” scientists reported in the journal Acta Paleontologica Polonic.

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