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Flying reptile found from 163 mya

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Scientists on Thursday said they have found a fossil from 163 million years ago that represents the oldest known example of a lineage of advanced flying reptiles that later would culminate in the largest flying creatures in Earth’s history.

The newly identified Jurassic period creature, a species named Kryptodrakon progenitor that was unearthed in the Gobi desert in northwestern China, was modest in size, with a wingspan of perhaps 4-1/2 feet.

But later members of its branch of the flying reptiles known as pterosaurs were truly colossal, including Quetzalcoatlus, whose wingspan of about 35 feet was roughly the same as that of an F-16 fighter.

Roughly 220 million years ago, pterosaurs became the first flying vertebrates to appear on Earth, with birds – first appearing about 150 million years ago – and bats – appearing about 50 million years ago – coming much later. More.

9 Replies to “Flying reptile found from 163 mya

  1. 1
    Querius says:

    The first and last paragraphs don’t make logical sense with each other unless . . . evolution now works BACKWARDS! 😮

    Q-

  2. 2
    AVS says:

    Relax, Queer, if you guys didn’t get your science from poorly written news sources, you wouldn’t have this issue. Try reading the primary article next time.

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    bornagain77 says:

    The Unknown Origin of Pterosaurs – video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XP6htc371fM

    Dragonfly Wings in Slow Motion – Smarter Every Day 91 – video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=oxrLYv0QXa4#t=194

    10 Prehistoric Bugs That Could Seriously Mess You Up
    Excerpt: Modern-day dragonflies seem to have an unduly ferocious name; but their enormous ancestor, M. permiana, would have deserved the name “dragon.” It was probably the largest insect that ever lived: its wingspan could exceed two feet (60cm), and its body grew to nearly 17 inches (40 cm). M. permiana’s immense size has led researchers to think that it may have fed on animals as large as frogs and squirrels in order to sustain itself.
    http://listverse.com/2013/01/1.....ss-you-up/

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    bornagain77 says:

    Of related note:

    The Archaeoraptor Fraud of National Geographic Magazine (In 1999)
    Excerpt: “The idea of feathered dinosaurs and the theropod origin of birds is being actively promulgated by a cadre of zealous scientists acting in concert with certain editors at Nature and National Geographic who themselves have become outspoken and highly biased proselytizers of the faith. Truth and careful scientific weighing of evidence have been among the first casualties in their program, which is now fast becoming one of the grander scientific hoaxes of our age—the paleontological equivalent of cold fusion.” – Storrs Olson curator of birds at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History
    http://www.bible.ca/tracks/arc.....n-bird.htm

    News from the Flight Deck – July 22, 2013
    Excerpt: The Illustra film briefly touches on evolutionary hypotheses for the origin of flight from dinosaurs. One problem not mentioned is that the digits in dinosaur feet differ from those in birds. “Feathered dinosaur” expert Xing Xu, with Susan Mackem, addressed this problem in Current Biology, “Tracing the Evolution of Avian Wing Digits.” In short, there’s not an easy solution:
    http://www.evolutionnews.org/2.....74691.html

    Bird Evolution vs. The Actual Fossil Evidence – video and notes
    http://vimeo.com/30926629

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    Mung says:

    As you can see, with AVS, it’s all about the science.

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    AVS says:

    Not like you guys would really know, mungy. =)

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    Piotr says:

    There is no contradiction in the Reuters report (if you read it carefully), but there is a mistake in the title of this blog post. Kryptodrakon is the oldest pterodactyloid found so far, not the oldest pterosaur (or the oldest flying reptile). The earliest pterosaurs are known from the Late Triassic (ca. 228 million years ago). Pterodactyloids, which are a subgroup of pterosaurs, characterised by short tails and elongated wrists, appeared much later.

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    Piotr says:

    Sorry. The mistake is not in the title itself but in the into line which says, “Oldest known flying reptile”.

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    Querius says:

    AVS,

    Relax, Queer, if you guys didn’t get your science from poorly written news sources, you wouldn’t have this issue. Try reading the primary article next time.

    I was simply commenting on the quoted paragraphs.

    However, using an epithet like that can get you expelled from many universities.

    Considering the action that the NBA took against Donald Stirling for his racial statements, I don’t think that the relative anonymity of posting on a blog can protect you.

    But go ahead and keep doing it. I’ll check and see.

    -Q

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