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Flying reptiles were prevalent over the skies of Cretaceous England 110 million years ago, a new study suggests. The winged reptiles, pterosaurs, were the largest flying animals to have ever lived. The largest had a wingspan of over 30 feet and weighed about 550 pounds. The study, published in the journal ZooKeys, reports that a bunch of pterosaur fossils were unearthed at a site known as Cambridge Greensand, located in the eastern part of England. (The idea of a flying reptile conjures up mythical images from Harry Potter films, many of which included locations at and around Oxford University, but not so much at Cambridge.) RELATED: Prehistoric Flying Reptile Had Massive Teeth The...

A newly discovered prehistoric species is being named for the 9-year-old girl who found its fossilized bones four years ago, according to the BBC. In 2009, a 5-year-old Daisy Morris discovered some bones on a beach near her home on the Isle of Wight in England. Said Daisy's mother, Sian Morris, "She has a very good eye for tiny little fossils and found these tiny little black bones sticking out of the mud and decided to dig a bit further and scoop them all out." Daisy recognized the bones to be fossils and her family...

87 million years ago was a dangerous time for those looking for a simple dip in the lake. According to National Geographic, fossils of an ancient, freshwater sea monster have been found in Hungary. This newly discovered creature, named Pannoniasaurus, belongs to a family of aquatic reptiles known as mosasaurs. The animals swam the Earth 87 million years ago, and looked like a cross between crocodiles and whales. This Pannoniasaurus is believed to be the first of the mosasaurs to spend its entire life in fresh water. The fossils were...

Paleontologists in Canada have discovered fossils of a new 2-ton, 20-foot-long horned dinosaur that roamed the Earth about 80 million years ago. And its headgear would've put on quite a show for the ladies. The dinosaur, a distant cousin of Triceratops called Xenoceratops foremostensis, is one of the oldest specimens known to date of the ceratopsid group. The beast's name, Xenoceratops, translates to "alien horned-face," referring to its strange pattern of horns on its head and above its brow, and the rarity of such horned dinosaurs in this part of the fossil record. NEWS: Flying Dino Too Weak to Lift Off? "It seems to have the general types of ornamentation that we see taken to even...

Newly discovered fossilized bones for the world's oldest and most primitive known primate, Purgatorius, reveal a tiny, agile animal that spent much of its time eating fruit and climbing trees, according to a study. The fossils, described today in a presentation at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology's 72nd Annual Meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina, are the first known below-the-head bones for Purgatorius. Previously, only teeth revealed its existence. "The ankle bones show that it had a mobile ankle joint like primates today that live in trees," co-author Stephen Chester, a Yale University vertebrate paleontologist, told Discovery News. "This mobility would have allowed for rotating the...

According to Discovery News, a recent fossil discovery shows that nine ancient turtle couples died mid-coitus. The raunchy remains were found at Messel Pit Fossil Site between Darmstadt and Frankfurt, Germany. After studying the area, scientists believe that the animals accidentally wandered into poisonous water during their mating session. RELATED: See These Hilarious Animal Photobombs Walter Joyce, a researcher at the University of Tübingen who analyzed the 47-million-year-old fossils, told Discovery News that loss of focus during sex isn't uncommon in animals. Joyce said that turtles most likely entered a trance-like state during copulation, causing them not to notice the...