Dinosaur Cove reveals a petite pterosaur species

Thursday, June 1, 2023 - 10:03 in Paleontology & Archaeology

An artist’s reconstruction of an Australian pterosaur. Peter Trusler/Curtin University The fictional and deadly Jurassic Park has nothing on the real-life Dinosaur Cove on the southern tip of Victoria, Australia. Using bones from the fossil-filled hotspot, a team of paleontologists have confirmed that pterosaurs—more commonly known as pterodactyls—flew over Australian skies as far back as 107 million years ago. Their findings are detailed in a study published May 31 in the journal History Biology. [Related: This pterosaur ancestor was a tiny, flightless dog-like dinosaur.] The team examined two pieces of prehistoric bone that were extracted from Dinosaur Cove over 30 years ago. The bones belonged to two different pterosaurs, and were examined by experts from Curtin University in Perth and Melbourne’s Museums Victoria. A partial pelvis bone belonged to a pterosaur with a...

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