Monday, May 12, 2008

From National Geographic 2

So new to science that it hasn't even been named yet, this African pterosaur lived alongside dinosaurs about 110 million years ago in the Cretaceous period.

Nail-like teeth and a 16-foot (5-meter) wingspan likely helped the flyer catch—and hold onto—fish from African rivers, according to University of Chicago paleontologist Paul Sereno, whose team discovered the species in the Sahara of Niger.

"This find puts African pterosaurs on the map," said Sereno, who is also an explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society.

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