The graveyard of ancient flying monsters has been discovered in Chile

In the Atacama Desert in Chile, scientists have found the remains of a Pterosaur, an ancient giant of the air. The find went beyond their expectations.

‘This is of global importance because these types of discoveries are relatively rare.’ With these words, Jhonatan Alcarcon, a researcher at the University of Chile, described what he had before his eyes. In the vast Atacama Desert, which stretches for more than 1,400 kilometres, scientists have found the remains of a Pterosaur, a flying reptile.

Pterosaurs in Chile

Reuters reports on the splendid discovery. On Wednesday, April 6 in Chile, researcher Jhonatan Alcarcon and his team from the University of the South American country discovered a cemetery where the remains of Pterosaurs, a flying reptile that may have a wingspan of several metres, were buried. Although the find is historic, it is not a lucky one. It turns out that the remains were located less than 60 kilometres from another excavation site where pterosaurs had already been found.

‘Most of the pterosaur bones found are flattened, broken,’ David Rubilar, head of palaeontology at Chile's National History Museum, told the news agency. However, here scientists were able to get their hands on several unique pieces:

Nevertheless, we were able to recover three-dimensional bones preserved at this site.

These are the 3D remains that every palaeontologist dreams of.

Read more:

Researchers have discovered a prehistoric snake that could walk

The graves of 65 British kings from King Arthur's time have been discovered

Palaeontologists find dinosaur remains in crocodile's stomach

A 200 million-year-old reptile

But what do we already know about Pterosaurs? What we need to take into account is that we are not talking about dinosaurs or a bird but about a flying reptile. It would have lived between the Trais (220 million years) and the end of the Cretaceous (66 million years). As for their size, there were all sorts: from the smallest, the size of a sparrow, to the giants with a wingspan of around ten metres.

Their weight could reach 300kg. Remember the scene with the flying reptiles in Jurassic Park 3? They were Pteranodons, which were Pterosaurs, except that in reality, they did not have claws at the end of their limbs.

This article was translated from Gentside FR.

Giant Dinosaur Footprints Discovered on the Ceiling of a Cave in France Giant Dinosaur Footprints Discovered on the Ceiling of a Cave in France