Chilean scientists have introduced the invention of the first-ever southern hemisphere stays of a sort of Jurassic-era “winged lizard” referred to as a pterosaur.
Fossils of the reptile, which lived some 160 million years in the past in what’s right this moment the Atacama desert, have been unearthed in 2009.
They have now been confirmed to be of a rhamphorhynchine pterosaur — the primary such creature to be present in Gondwana, the prehistoric supercontinent that later shaped the southern hemisphere landmasses.
Researcher Jhonatan Alarcon of the University of Chile stated the creatures had a wingspan of as much as two meters (six ft), a protracted tail and pointed snout.
“We show that the distribution of animals in this group was wider than known to date,” he added.
The discovery was additionally “the oldest known pterosaur found in Chile,” the scientists reported within the scientific journal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica.