New Jurassic flier

Amazingly well-preserved fossil depicts a novel flying reptile from the age of dinosaurs

By Janet Raloff, 12:36 PM August 23, 2012

David Hone of the University of Bristol in England has made a career of studying pterosaurs — flying reptiles from 100 million years ago or more. Several years back, while working in southern Germany, he visited the local Solnhofen Museum along with a lot of other pterosaur experts. As they peered into a glass museum case that held a sandy-colored, fossil-bearing rock, he recalls the scientists saying something like: “How lovely, another Rhamphorhynchus.” The fossil was nice, but tiny — an...

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