A 170-million-year-old pterosaur fossil, said to be the world’s best-preserved skeleton of a prehistoric-winged reptile, has been found on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, scientists said on Tuesday.
Of The National Museum of Scotland said The pterosaur fossil, more popularly known as pterodactyls, is “the largest of its kind discovered since the Jurassic period.” The wingspan of the reptile was more than 8 feet, which is similar to that of an albatross, the museum said.
The fossil was discovered by Amelia Penny, a PhD student in 2017, during a field trip on the Isle of Skye in the far northwest of Scotland, when she saw Petrosar’s jaw sticking out of the rocks. It will now be added to the museum’s collection.
Natalia Jagilska, a doctoral student at the University, said: “Pterosaurs preserved in such standards are extremely rare and are generally preserved in Brazil and China for selection of rock formations. And yet, A huge, well-preserved pterosaur came out of a marine platform in Scotland, “said Natalia Jagilska, a doctoral student at the University of Scotland. Edinburgh is the author of a new scientific paper describing this discovery.
Steve Brosate, a professor of biology at the University of Edinburgh, said the discovery was one of the best in Britain since the early 1800’s, when the famous fossil hunter Marie Anning discovered many important Jurassic fossils off the south English coast. ۔
He said the fossils contain “feathery light” bones, “thin like sheets of paper” and it took several days to cut them off the rock using a diamond-pointed saw when his team fought the invasion. لڑی۔
“It tells us that long before the Cretaceous, when they were competing with birds, the pterosaurs grew up much earlier than we thought, and that’s very important,” Brusate added.
The pterosaur has been given the Gaelic name Derek Segithanach, which translates as “winged reptile.” The Scottish National Museum said the name also refers to the Isle of Skye, whose Gaelic name means “winged island”.
This discovery is stated in a new article published in Current Biology.
About 50 million years before birds, pterosaurs were the first vertebrates to fly. They lived about 230 million years ago, like the Triassic period. At first it was thought that they were too young in the Jurassic period.
The announcement of the discovery in Scotland comes just weeks after biologists said they had discovered the remains of a giant fossil.Fossils in the UK, which researchers say are “very well preserved”, are said to be “an ancient discovery of a lifetime”.