237-million-year-old ancient reptile discovered
In Madagascar, researchers discovered a previously unknown species of ancient reptile named Kongonaphon kely. It’s part of the ancient animal group Ornithodira — the last common ancestor between dinosaurs and winged pterosaurs.
Kongonaphon stood just shy of FOUR INCHES TALL, a far cry from some of the massive creatures that also comprise Ornithodira. In a study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers describe its 237-million-year-old fossilized skeleton.
The bones discovered were mainly limb material but they also include a preserved upper jaw bone and “peg-like, unserrated teeth,” study author Christian Kammerer, curator of paleontology at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, tells Inverse, “suggesting an insectivorous diet for this tiny predator.”
You may be interested
Athenians flee capital after free movement allowedmakis - May 14, 2021
Greeks were leaving en-masse from the Attica basin to nearby islands and other destinations on Friday, following the official lifting…
Movement free across GreecePanos - May 14, 2021
Greeks will be allowed to move freely throughout the country from Friday, as the Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister…
Let’s be honest, Turkey cannot join the EU: Manfred WeberPanos - May 14, 2021
“Let us be honest, Turkey cannot join the EU,” said Manfred Weber, the leader of the European Parliament’s People’s Party…