Giant pterosaur fossil unveiled in Brazil
|A replica of the fossil of an ancient flying reptile is displayed in|
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 20, 2013 [Credit: AFP]
The fossil, attributed to the "Tropeognathus mesembrinus" species, was found in the Chapada do Araripe plateau of northeastern Brazil.
Kellner described it as "the biggest ever found in the southern hemisphere and the third worldwide."
"We can prove that these giant reptiles flew in the skies of northeast Brazil much earlier than initially thought because fossils were found in rock formations dating 110 million years," according to Kellner.
He said it was previously thought that pterosaurs lived at the end of the Cretaceous period, some 72 to 86 million years ago.
Pterosaur species have been found in places like Morocco, Britain, Mongolia, the United States, China and northeastern Brazil.
Source: AFP [March 20, 2013]