The popular conception of pterodactyl flight shows them in a pose with wings and legs spread far apart similar to the way bats do it. But as new research shows, it’s very unlikely that flying reptiles were able to move their joints and hind legs in such a manner—a finding that could influence the way scientists study…
Scientists working in British Columbia have uncovered the fossils of a small Cretaceous-era pterosaur, showing this extinct flying reptile came in travel size.
Introducing Allkauren koi, a ridiculously looking flying reptile with a very cool name. The fossilized remains of this newly discovered pterosaur were discovered in the Patagonia region of South America, and it’s shedding light on the origin and evolution of these ancient creatures.
A pterosaur fossil has been discovered in Texas. It has a relative that is close genetically but not geographically—meaning ancient pterosaurs could have made very, very long journeys.
Fossilized feces, aka “coprolites,” are an uncommon paleontological find. But fossilized poop inside a fossilized creature? That’s rarer, still, and why researchers are so excited about the pterosaur fossil pictured above.
Pterodactyls lived at the same time as the dinosaurs—but somehow, they’re not actually dinosaurs. They were flying creatures, and paleontologists keep telling us that dinosaurs are birds. But still, we’re supposed to call pterodactyls “pterosaurs.” This feels like a trick—why aren’t pterodactyls dinosaurs?
Tonight we're introducing a new feature: Drunk Museum Reviews. We love museums. We love drinking. Why not combine the two for the best weekend plans there are? This week: alcohol laws, the American Museum of Natural History, and me drunk-flying a pterosaur to its doom.
From the American Museum of Natural History comes this video of kids absolutely schooling us on how to pronounce the names of pterosaurs. They're way cooler than most of us were at their age, I'm sure.
Well-preserved fossils of pterosaurs are extremely hard to come by, which makes this recent find of 40 male and female individuals all the more incredible. Along with the discovery of a spectacular new crested species, paleontologists have also found the first 3-dimensional fossilized pterosaur eggs.
Dinosaurs usually hog all the prehistoric attention, but their winged cousins the pterosaurs are enjoying some newfound notoriety after big fossil discoveries in places as far afield as Brazil and the UK's Isle of Wight. The latter discovery gets extra points for adorableness, as the pterosaur fossil's discover and…
As part of its 'Prehistoric Creatures' series, the Royal Canadian Mint is releasing a super neat new quarter featuring the awkwardly majestic Quetzalcoatlus — a pterosaur that lived during the Late Cretaceous of North America about 65 million years ago. A particularly cool feature of the coin is that it glows in the…
And on how many continents would we encounter them? How might they adapt to the global distribution of humans? Would they populate our cities in the form of scavenging pterosaur-gangs? What would they eat — and would humans be on the menu?
Paleontologists don't always speculate about the existence of gigantic, winged reptiles living alongside humans in the 21st century, but when they do, they back that speculation up with plenty of scientific evidence.
The scientific community has debated whether or not pterosaurs could fly for years. A new theory suggests that these winged creatures may have pole vaulted on their own wings to get airborne.