A team of international scientists discovered a new species of pterosaur fossils and eggs in China, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences / CAS on Friday, June 6, 2014. The fossils were found in the northwestern city of Hami in Xinjiang - Uygur Autonomous Region, and is derived from the Early Cretaceous period, said Wang Xiaolin from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing who in charge of the excavation.
|Life restoration of Hamipterus tianshanensis. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1mStU1q)|
The Pterosaur fossil was found along with five eggs they are awake, still in three dimensions. Prior to their discovery, there are only four eggs in an average pterosaurs, two-dimensional. The team was given the name of Hamipterus tianshanensis that corresponding where they were found the fossils.
|Colony of Hamipterus tianshanensis. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1mStU1q)|
"Most fossils are relatively intact, and it is advantageous to construct a complete skeleton of pterosaurs," Wang said as quoted by Xinhua news agency. Wang also said the findings of these fossils will provide a bright light in the study of pterosaurs reproductive, developmental, and behavioral.
|Fossil egg of Hamipterus tianshanensis. Scale bar – 2 cm. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1mStU1q)|
The new findings were published in the Current Biology journal in collaboration with Brazilian paleontologist Alexander Kellner and other scientists. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SCI-NEWS.COM]
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