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Prehistoric flying reptile named after girl

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A nine-year-old girl has had a prehistoric beast named in her honour after fossilised bones she found turned out to be an undiscovered species.

Daisy Morris from the Isle of Wight stumbled upon the remains on Atherfield beach four years ago.

A scientific paper stated the newly discovered species of pterosaur would be called Vectidraco daisymorrisae.

Fossil expert Martin Simpson said this was an example of how "major discoveries can be made by amateurs".

http://www.bbc.co.uk...pshire-21850080

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Wow that has to be special for that little girl.

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That's amazing, I can imagine how happy that made the little girl. :yes:

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That will be something to tell her grandchildren about.

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A budding Mary Anning, the mother of paleontology, in the making! http://www.ucmp.berk...ory/anning.html

If you aren't familiar with the lady you should look her story up, it is an amazing one. She was obviously brilliant but as a woman in the early 19th century, and from the wrong class to boot, her gift was thought to be of divine intervention. She proved her doubters wrong and became a self-taught paleontologist with some amazing discoveries to her credit.

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