Flying Transylvanian dinosaur unearthed
By T.K. Randall
February 7, 2013 · 9 comments
Image Credit: Mark Witton, Darren Naish
The 68 million-year-old remains of a previously unknown species of pterosaur have been discovered.
Unearthed in Romania's Transylvanian Basin, the large winged reptile known as Eurazhdarcho langendorfensis was capable of folding up its wings and walking around on all fours. The lifestyle and behavior of this particular group of dinosaurs has long been debated and it is hoped that this new find will help shed some light on the mystery.
"It has been suggested that they grabbed prey from the water while in flight, that they patrolled wetlands and hunted in a heron or stork-like fashion, or that they were like gigantic sandpipers, hunting by pushing their long bills into mud," said Dr Gareth Dyke. "One of the newest ideas is that azhdarchids walked through forests, plains and other places in search of small animal prey."
The discovery is the most complete example of an azhdarchid found in Europe so far and its discovery supports a long-argued theory about the behaviour of these types of creatures.
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