Tiny Bug Slayer: A Dinosaur Relative That Lived 237 Million Years Ago
How about a dinosaur named Tiny Bug Slayer? Scientists have discovered a new dinosaur relative they’re calling Kongonaphon, “tuny bug slayer,” a four-inch mini-predator that lived about 237 million years ago. Here’s more from SlashGear:
Scientists believe that the newly discovered species could help explain the origins of flight in pterosaurs, the presence of “fuzz” on the skin of pterosaurs and dinosaurs along with answering other mysteries about the creatures. Researcher Christian Kammerer says that the general perceptions of dinosaurs are of giant creatures. The new animal is very close to the diversions of dinosaurs and pterosaurs and is very small.
Both dinosaurs and pterosaurs belong to the group Ornithodira. However, their regions are poorly known, with few specimens from near the root of the lineage discovered. The creature was discovered initially as fossilized remains in 1998 in Madagascar. The team says that the fossil site where the sample was found is in southwestern Madagascar and is from a poorly known time interval globally.
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