Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Terrestrial relative of pterosaurs discovered


Posted on Tuesday, 15 December, 2020 | Comment icon 1 comment

Was this the ancestor of the pterosaurs ? Image Credit: Rodolfo Nogueira / CTyS-UNLaM
Palaeontologists have shed new light on the evolutionary history of these abundant prehistoric flying reptiles.
At a time when dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes roamed the land, the skies were dominated by a group of flying reptiles known as the pterosaurs.

While not a direct ancestor of today's birds, these prehistoric flyers were everywhere and ranged from a few inches in size to hulking great beasts with wingspans exceeding 40ft across.
Despite how common pterosaurs were, precious little evidence of their evolutionary history has ever been found in the fossil record, however palaeontologists have now determined that a reptile species known as lagerpetid, which was previously thought to be more closely related to dinosaurs, may in fact be a close relative to the pterosaurs and could help to offer a better understanding of their evolution.

The study, which was conducted by an international team of researchers, involved detailed comparisons of multiple fossil specimens.

"The origin of the flying reptiles was one of the great enigmas of paleontology and evolutionary biology as a whole," said Dr Federico Agnolin of the Vertebrate Paleontology Section of the Argentine Museum of Natural Sciences (MACN).

"Now, we know that there was an intermediate step in the lagerpetids, terrestrial reptiles that look similar to a lizard, which could not fly, but that, in this study, we could already observe some evolutionary steps in their brain and inner ears that were adaptations that later would have allowed pterosaurs to develop flight."

Source: Agencia CTyS | Comments (1)


Tags: Pterosaur


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Eldorado on 15 December, 2020, 12:30
 




Please Login or Register to post a comment.




  On the forums
New study links dopamine to consciousness
8-4-2021
New research has revealed how the 'pleasure chemical' dopamine plays a key role in human consciousness.
Machu Picchu could be older than thought
8-4-2021
The world-famous Incan citadel, which sits high atop the Andes in Peru, is now thought to be decades older.
'Complex organic matter' found on asteroids
8-3-2021
Scientists have identified two unusual asteroids between Mars and Jupiter that shouldn't actually be there.
Ghost hunter injured after falling through roof
8-3-2021
An ill-fated paranormal investigation at a notorious haunted hotspot saw one enthusiast end up in hospital.
Stories & Experiences
Mystery 'troll' captured on camera
4-24-2021 | Marsta, Sweden
 
My Grandfather's NDE
4-24-2021 | Oakland, California
 
The voice of something not human
11-17-2020 | Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles
 
Shadow figure demon ?
11-14-2020 | USA
 
Ghost following me
9-18-2020 | Iowa
 
Mysterious glowing cube
8-23-2020 | Alabama
 
Black blob in my room/bed
7-23-2020 | Powell,TN U.S.
 
Transparent levitating ball
7-14-2020 | Santa Rosa, California
 
 
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 Unexplained-Mysteries.com (c) 2001-2021
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ