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Fossils of Earliest Known Pterosaur Found

Soulskill posted about 8 months ago | from the death-from-the-skies dept.

Science 18

damn_registrars writes: "A fossil of the earliest known Pterosaur flying reptile was found recently in China. Named Kryptodrakon progenitor, it was described in a paper published yesterday in the journal Current Biology (abstract). Its wingspan was about a meter and a half, very small compared to its evolutionary descendents, whose wingspan reached over 10 meters. 'The pterosaurs remained largely unchanged for tens of millions of years — with characteristics like long tails and relatively small heads — and none became very big. But later during the Jurassic period, some developed anatomical changes that heralded the arrival of a new branch called pterodactyloids that eventually replaced the more primitive forms of pterosaurs. Many of these pterodactyloids had massive, elongated heads topped with huge crests, lost their teeth and grew to huge sizes. Perhaps the defining characteristic of the group is an elongation in the bone at the base of the fourth finger called the fourth metacarpal, and Kryptodrakon is the oldest known pterosaur to have this advance, the researchers said.'"

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Nice name (3, Funny)

vikingpower (768921) | about 8 months ago | (#46846729)

Kryptodrakon progenitor. I am getting a second dog, soon - this name might just fit the li'l bastard well.

Re:Nice name (2)

Travis Mansbridge (830557) | about 8 months ago | (#46846781)

"Progenitor" might fit the first dog better.

Re:Nice name (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46846953)

you could also name it 'my owner is a fag'

Re:Nice name (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46847109)

Wasn't Krypto the name of Superman's dog?

Re:Nice name (1)

JustOK (667959) | about 8 months ago | (#46847191)

No, it was Superboy's.

Re:Nice name (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46848895)

Superboy's name was Krypto?

Kryptodrakon Progenitor (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about 8 months ago | (#46848403)

is coincidentally, the name of my penis.

"Father of the Hidden Dragon".

So what is with the P? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46846777)

Pslashdoters know?

Re:So what is with the P? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46846839)

Ancient Greek:
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ptero- [wiktionary.org]
HTH,
HAND

Re:So what is with the P? (2)

JustOK (667959) | about 8 months ago | (#46847195)

The P is silent, like in swimming.

Re:So what is with the P? (1)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about 8 months ago | (#46847929)

You mean pswimming.

Re:So what is with the P? (1)

M8e (1008767) | about 8 months ago | (#46848903)

I never read Pterosaur as Peterosaur.

Re:So what is with the P? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46850745)

pswimming.

Re:So what is with the P? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46850751)

http://www.klassens.info

[url=http://www.klassens.info/] [/url]

late pterosaur vs early pterodactyloid (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46846903)

I think it should have been "Fossils of Earliest Known Pterodactyloid Found"

Funny how pissed off... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46847097)

Republicans get about posts like this.

"New fossil" from China (0)

danielpauldavis (1142767) | about 8 months ago | (#46847525)

Isn't that the place that punked National Geographic with that other "missing link" fossil a couple decades ago? Why are we to think they aren't pulling the same scam. Then there's the repeatedly demonstrated gullibility of evolutionists over the last century. This is not news; this is tragic deception. I have a better idea: let's have these people HOLD THEIR OPINION for the complete data.

Quick - Clone it, make saddles, and me meme.. (1)

MonsterMasher (518641) | about 8 months ago | (#46847639)

Quick - Clone it, make saddles, and me me me! I will train it!

I'm perfect for the job.
I fear little I understand and great with all animals.. and would die with a smile on my face trying to teach/communicate with such a critter.

The the reward!
Some people would be content flying airplanes!
Ha, the poor small minded people.

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