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Flying Texas reptile: World's oldest Pteranodon?

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posted on Apr, 30 2011 @ 06:24 PM
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This is a really cool find..

Imagine these flying overhead on a clear Texas day...

make sure to wear a helmet though..








Unique specimen is first of its kind discovered as far south as Texas, where it flew over a vast ancient sea Fossilized bones discovered in Texas from a flying reptile that died 89 million years ago may be the earliest occurrence of the prehistoric creature known as Pteranodon. Previously, Pteranodon bones have been found in Kansas, South Dakota and Wyoming in the Niobrara and Pierre geological formations. This likely Pteranodon specimen is the first of its kind found in Texas, according to paleontologist Timothy S. Myers at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, who identified the reptile. The specimen was discovered north of Dallas by an amateur fossil hunter who found various bones belonging to the left wing. Pteranodon was a type of pterosaur that lived about the same time as some dinosaurs, about 100 million to 65 million years ago. The only reptiles to dominate the ancient skies, pterosaurs had broad leathery wings and slim torsos. Adult pterosaur, toothless variety with about a 12-foot wing span The specimen identified by Myers is an adult pterosaur of the toothless variety and while larger than most birds, wasn't among the largest pterosaurs, Myers said, noting it had a wing span between 12 and 13 feet, or 3.6 to 4 meters. It was discovered in the Austin Group, a prominent rock unit in Texas that was deposited around 89 million years ago, early in the geological time period called the Late Cretaceous. Pterosaurs, many of which survived on fish, lived at a time when a massive ancient sea cut across the central United States. The Western Interior Seaway was a shallow body of water that split North America in half from the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. More than a thousand Pteranodon fossils have been unearthed from the middle part of the seaway. No definitive Pteranodon specimens have emer


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posted on Apr, 30 2011 @ 06:35 PM
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We know now that many if not all dinosaurs were feathered, I don't know why it's taking so long for that to sink in. So sick of seeing all dinosaurs being portrayed as scaled all the time.
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posted on Apr, 30 2011 @ 09:07 PM
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I know huh..

seems like people forget that birds are descendants of dinosaurs..



posted on May, 16 2011 @ 02:04 AM
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Thats funny, you took a very good subject in the building of a time line of a dinosaur species and one of the best fossil discoveries and devalued it by negatively discussing the way BBC portrayed it, in turn destroying your own thread in two posts. This has got to be a record. Flag for the post,



posted on May, 21 2011 @ 08:27 AM
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Actually these guys were not dinosaurs. Im not sure if i want to call them reptiles either. They had furs and were most likely warm blooded.



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