The discovery of a fossil of a “flying dragon” that roamed the Earth 160 million years ago


Scientists in Chile have discovered a fossil of a so-called “flying dragon” dinosaur, the first of its kind to be found in the Southern Hemisphere.

Paleontologists found the Jurassic creature, an early dinosaur, in the Atacama Desert in Chile.

The “dragon”, which roamed the Earth 160 million years ago, has a long, pointed tail, wings and sharp, pointed teeth.

The remains, previously found only in North America, were discovered by Osvaldo Rojas, director of the Atacama Desert Museum of Natural History and Culture.

The discovery indicates a migration of species between North and South America that is believed to be related to a supercontinent called Gondwana.

“This shows that the distribution of animals in this group was wider than what is known so far,” said Jonatan Alarcon, a scientist at the University of Chile who led the research. According to Russia Today.

Alarcon added: “There are pterosaurs of this group also in Cuba, which seem to have been coastal animals, so most likely they migrated between north and south or maybe they came once and stayed, we don’t know.”

The scientists stated that this discovery represents “the oldest known pterosaur found in Chile.”

And the Atacama Desert became a hotspot for fossil discoveries. The arid prehistoric landscapes were inundated with seawater.



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