A fossil piled up in a museum drawer in Brighton, incorrectly identified as a shark fin skeleton, has now been identified as a brand new species of prehistoric flying reptile that has now grown enchantingly more than the Cambridgeshire fence.
Roy Smith, a PhD student at the University of Portsmouth, identified the animal as much more unusual and interesting than its label suggested. He identified the fossil as the tip of the beak of a new species of pterosaur (which gave the Greek a “winged lizard”), an animal that existed 228m-66m years ago and is known for the oldest vertebrate-powered flight.
This type of staircase has been found in North Africa, so Smith and the researchers who studied the study said it was a terrifying looking creature with wingspans of 4 meters or more that matched Alanka.
Smith discovered the animal during a troll collecting fossils kept at the Booth Museum in Brighton. The fossils were originally discovered in the 19th century by excavators for phosphate in the fence, who sold them for some extra cash.
It was at this time that Smith was examining fossils labeled as shark fin spines that he realized that some of them were actually sticky pieces of jaws or pterosaurs. The tax is similar to the spines of shark fins but with significant differences.
Smith said: “One such feature is the tiny holes where the nerves come to the surface and are used for sensitive feeding by pterosaurs. Shark fin spines do not have these, but early paleontologists have clearly missed these features.
“The two specimens discovered can be identified as a pterosaur called ornithostoma, but one additional specimen is clearly distinct and represents a new species. This is an ocean mystery.
Smith, 26, of Derbyshire, has been hunting fossils since he was a child, but this is his most interesting find so far. “I didn’t get anything,” he said.
He said he was on the verge of stopping work the day he made his discovery. “I had some time to hit so I started going through some other drawers. I was extremely excited to come across this sample, which was stuck on a board.
Among the Victorians interested in the fossils found in Finns was the naturalist Sir Richard Owen, who campaigned for the establishment of the Natural History Museum in London.
“Unfortunately, this pattern is very fragmented based on the naming of new species. Sadly, it is doubtful whether any more remains of this stereoscope can be discovered, as there is no further evidence of the rock from which the fossils came. However I am hopeful that there may be more examples in other museum collections. “As soon as Kovid lifts the ban, he plans to continue looking for others.
Professor Dave Myrtle, Smith’s supervisor, said: “Since the beak is slightly smaller and is slightly different from the ornithostoma, it is possible that a large white aggregate may be different from a bogie. The difference in life had more to do with color, call and behavior than with skeletons.
“It’s very exciting – we discovered this mysterious pterosaur in the UK. This discovery is significant because it adds to our knowledge of ancient and fascinating flying prehistoric reptiles, but it also proves that such discoveries can only be made by re-examining elements in older collections. “