Navigation Links
Tiny fossil fragment reveals giant-but-ugly-truth
Date:10/13/2011

New research from the Universities of Portsmouth and Leicester has identified a small fossil fragment at the Natural History Museum, London as being part of a giant pterosaur setting a new upper limit for the size of winged and toothed animals.

Dr David Martill from the University of Portsmouth and Dr David Unwin from the University of Leicester examined the fossil - which consisted of the tip of a pterosaur snout that had been in the Museum collections since 1884.

Their identification of the fossil as being part of the world's largest toothed pterosaur has been published in Cretaceous Research.

Dr Unwin, from the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, said: "Our study showed that the fossil represented a huge individual with a wingspan that might have reached 7 metres. This is far larger than, for example, any modern bird, although some extinct birds may have reached 6 metres in wingspan.

"What this research shows is that some toothed pterosaurs reached truly spectacular sizes and, for now, it allows us to put a likely upper limit on that size around 7 metres in wingspan."

Dr Martill, from the University of Portsmouth, added: "It's an ugly looking specimen, but with a bit of skill you can work out just exactly what it was. All we have is the tip of the upper jaws - bones called the premaxillae, and a broken tooth preserved in one socket.

"Although the crown of the tooth has broken off, its diameter is 13mm. This is huge for a pterosaur. Once you do the calculations you realise that the scrap in your hand is a very exciting discovery.

"The specimen was placed in the collections of London's Natural History Museum by Sir Richard Owen, perhaps the world's greatest vertebrate palaeontologist. In his day, Owen reconstructed a giant New Zealand Moa from a single bone. We might never achieve Owen's calibre, but it is nice to think that we are following in his footsteps."'/>"/>

Contact: Dave Unwin
dmu1@le.ac.uk
University of Leicester
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Europe rallies behind nanotechnology to wean world from fossil fuels
2. Researchers uncover worlds oldest fossil impression of a flying insect
3. Caltech geobiologists discover unique magnetic death star fossil
4. Living fossil tree contains genetic imprints of rain forests under climate change
5. Bacterial biofilms as fossil makers
6. Hobbit fossils represent a new species, concludes University of Minnesota anthropologist
7. Dinosaur fossils fit perfectly into the evolutionary tree of life
8. Early whales gave birth on land, fossil find reveals
9. Worlds largest snake discovered in fossilized rainforest
10. Origin of claws seen in 390-million-year-old fossil
11. Famous fossil Lucy scanned at the University of Texas at Austin
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Tiny fossil fragment reveals giant-but-ugly-truth
(Date:12/24/2014)... YORK , Dec. 23, 2014  Since its launch in December ... people to eliminate the pain of trying to remember their ... own biometrics fused to their smartphones. To assist people who ... , the company that created 1U and focuses on redefining ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... 18, 2014 Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/8kmfcn/iphone_5s ... 5S Fingerprint Sensor - Apple/AuthenTec TMDR92 & Sapphire - ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 Following the ... fingerprint reading feature with the iPhone 5S. It is ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... 15, 2014 Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/s6qzt5/samsung_galaxy_s5 ... Galaxy S5 - Home Button Synaptics Fingerprint Sensor Technology ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 Based on a ... introduces for the first time a fingerprint sensor in ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):1U Offers Best Solution to the Username / Password Dilemma: For FREE! 21U Offers Best Solution to the Username / Password Dilemma: For FREE! 3iPhone 5S Fingerprint Sensor - Apple/AuthenTec TMDR92 & Sapphire - Technology Report 2Samsung Galaxy S5 - Home Button Synaptics Fingerprint Sensor Technology Analysis 2
... , , , , , , ... AUDIO: James Perfield discusses how the oil is similar to many vegetable oils currently on the market. , ... , , , , , , ... , , , , , COLUMBIA, Mo. Scientists have known for years that belly fat leads to ...
... BETHESDA, Md., March 24, 2011 We all know the adage: ... way. Now researchers in London are reporting that might also be ... The team at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology at Imperial ... a protein generated when the body is under stress, such as ...
... closer to making renewable petroleum fuels using bacteria, sunlight and ... Department of Energy grant. Graduate student Janice Frias, who ... figuring out how to use a protein to transform fatty ... cracked to make hydrocarbon fuels. The university is filing patents ...
Cached Biology News:Plant oil may hold key to reducing obesity-related medical issues, MU researcher finds 2Plant oil may hold key to reducing obesity-related medical issues, MU researcher finds 3Molecular muscle: Small parts of a big protein play key roles in building tissues 2Molecular muscle: Small parts of a big protein play key roles in building tissues 3U of M researchers close in on technology for making renewable petroleum 2
(Date:1/22/2015)... (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 Protocol Networks ... The growing team of brand-neutral, independent consultants, Protocol Networks ... Rogers explained that over the years, his company has ... Moroso, Town of Plainfield, as well as others. With ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... January 22, 2015 Controlled Substance Compliance ... which helps companies check the legal requirements around using ... to China. , As their international operations expand ... adopting software solutions built as a result of the ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... , Jan. 22. 2015  Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: ... has been honored for its commitment to sustainability with inclusion ... Varian is the highest ranked healthcare equipment company among the ... during the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... NEW YORK , Dec. 24, 2014 ... patient care in critical areas, announced the closing of an ... warrants to purchase up to an aggregate 3,500,000 shares of ... and $.01 per warrant.  The warrants have a per share ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Protocol Networks Brings Independent Technology Consulting to the Constitution State 2Global Compliance Service for Controlled Substances to Expand to China 2Varian Honored Among World's 100 Most Sustainable Corporations 2PlasmaTech Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces Closing of Public Offering 2PlasmaTech Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces Closing of Public Offering 3
... Healthcare and Intermountain Health Care (IHC) ... program that would accelerate the adoption of electronic health ... announced at the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems ... hope to take the clinical knowledge that IHC has ...
... Madison, Wis. How does one visualize thought? , ... pipette much thinner than a human hair against ... a patch and identify the electric current flowing through individual ... as the patch-clamp method, and it allows a peek at ...
... Third Wave Technologies this week reported the best ... year in which it met or exceeded all of its stated ... and a net loss of $1.9 million for the year ended ... net loss of $8.1 million for 2003. , ,The company ...
Cached Biology Technology:GE and Intermountain want to streamline nationwide patient data 2Prairie Technologies works with UW engineer to visualize the brain 2Third Wave boosts numbers in latest report 2Third Wave boosts numbers in latest report 3Third Wave boosts numbers in latest report 4
Na+/H+ exchanger, isoform NHE1....
Anti-Potassium Channel EAG-1 Immunogen: Synthetic peptide from the C-terminus of rat Kv10.1 (Accession Q63472). The immunogen sequence is identical in mouse and 14/16 residues identical in human...
Mouse monoclonal [DAPK-55] to DAP Kinase 1 ( Abpromise for all tested applications). entrezGeneID: 1612 SwissProtID: P53355...
IgG2b, k APC clone A95-1, Isotype Rat IgG2b, kappa, 0.1 mg ....
Biology Products: