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First complete pterosaur eggs found in China

Posted on Sunday, 8 June, 2014 | Comment icon 11 comments

A pterosaur glides over the ocean. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 John Conway
Palaentologists have uncovered the best preserved cluster of three dimensionsal fossils ever discovered.
Located in the Xinjiang Uygur Region, the eggs belong to a new genus of pterosaur called Hamipterus tianshanensis and date back 120 million years to a time when these giant winged reptiles would have ruled the prehistoric skies.

The find is particularly significant because the eggs have been found in a three-dimensional state as oppose to two-dimensional like most fossils.

"This is definitely the most important pterosaur site ever found," said paleontologist Zhonghe Zhou. "Five eggs are three-dimensionally preserved, and some are really complete."

The site is thought to have been a pterosaur colony that was wiped out by a particularly violent storm. At least 40 individuals have been identified however it is believed that there would have been several hundred living there at its peak.

"I have been truly amazed by the abundance of bones and the number of eggs as well the great potential of more discoveries from the site," said Zhou.

Source: University Herald | Comments (11)

Tags: Dinosaur, Pterosaur

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by HappyMonkey on 8 June, 2014, 4:44
Very cool find, only quibble about is that ptserosaurs were not dinosaurs. They're a separate group of creatures.
Comment icon #3 Posted by paperdyer on 8 June, 2014, 21:05
I wonder if any viable DNA will be found?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Silent Trinity on 8 June, 2014, 21:11
Great find and a definite step forward for Paleontology, a vital research sample and a valuable one!
Comment icon #5 Posted by maximusnow on 8 June, 2014, 23:48
It may not be possible, but i would love to see a large T rex or Raptor brought back to life.
Comment icon #6 Posted by HappyMonkey on 9 June, 2014, 2:27
I wonder if any viable DNA will be found? Nah, DNA has a relatively short half life unfortunately. I'd love to see some of the larger pterosaurs in flight.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Junior Chubb on 9 June, 2014, 10:24
Omelette anyone?
Comment icon #8 Posted by SameerPrehistorica on 9 June, 2014, 13:11
Pterosaurs are flying reptiles and not Dinosaurs..I wonder how this kind of error can still occur in some websites.
Comment icon #9 Posted by HappyMonkey on 9 June, 2014, 22:30
Because its to the general public and not enthusiasts/paleontologists. Most people just lump together dinosaurs, synapsids,marine and flying reptiles.
Comment icon #10 Posted by kevex on 10 June, 2014, 4:51
Will they be able to extract DNA?
Comment icon #11 Posted by HappyMonkey on 10 June, 2014, 6:23
Will they be able to extract DNA? No, maybe some scraps but DNA decays to fast to survive the amount of time these eggs were fossilized.

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