Canadian paleontologist finds new species of flying reptile

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Canadian researcher has identified a new species of flying reptile from fossilized remains found on Hornby Island off the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
The dinosaurs fossil, a small piece of jawbone, is about 70 million years old.

"The teeth of our fossil were small and set close together," said Victoria Arbour, the University of Alberta paleontology researcher who worked on identifying the species. "It had a wing span of about 3 meters and patrolled the sky and set down to feed on the leftover kills made by predator dinosaursof the time such as Albertosaurus."

Arbour reported on her research in the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences.

The fossil is from a new species of pterosaur, a flying reptile. During the time it roamed the skies, the islands on the coast of British Columbia were about 2,500 kilometers to the south. They were part of what is now California.

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