In the Jurassic Age, the giant pterosaur was flying in our skies, hunting smaller animals that were no match in front of its capabilities.
125 million years after they went extinct, scientists discovered fossilized remains of a giant pterosaur with a 20ft wingspan.
Researchers believe this was one of the biggest flying creatures of the Jurassic Age.
The incredible find was made by Robert Coram, the chief of the British Fossils.
In a press release, Chief Coram said, “It might have been the largest flying creature that had ever lived up to that time.”
The discovery was made in the Isle of Wight, which is rich with fossils.
Coram continued, “We think this is one of the first superpterosaurs. The Isle of Wight is incredibly heavily prospected by people almost on a daily basis, so it’s a matter of being able to spot the little things that they can’t.”
The giant pterosaur had an extended jaw, this allowed the giant bird to haunt large and small dinosaurs.
In a paper that was co-authored with David Martill, a professor at the Portsmouth University, Coram wrote, “A morphometric analysis suggests an original wingspan of approximately 5.6m. With an early Barremian age, this pterosaur would have been a giant for its time.”
Due to their massive sizes, paleobiologists wondered for a long time on how these massive animals managed to fly.
But thanks to recent discoveries and 3D rendering, it revealed that the leg muscles and the flexible wing structure of the giant pterosaur allowed it to fly into the air.