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World's biggest Jurassic-era pterodactyl discovered on Isle of Skye, Scotland


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A fossilised skeleton of the winged creature, which was around the size of an albatross, is said to be in an “almost pristine condition” despite the pterodactyl dating back around 170 million years.

It was unveiled in the National Museum of Scotland, which has described the discovery as “remarkable” due to how it has been preserved and the new light it sheds on the size of pterosaurs from the Jurassic era, which are now much bigger than previously thought.

The new species of pterosaur, which is said to have had a wingspan of around 2.5 metres, has been given the Gaelic name Dearc sgiathanach, which translates as “winged reptile”.

https://www.scotsman.com/whats-on/arts-and-entertainment/worlds-biggest-jurassic-era-pterodactyl-discovered-on-isle-of-skye-3580073

https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(22)00135-X

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/feb/22/remains-of-worlds-largest-jurassic-pterosaur-recovered-in-scotland

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