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World’s largest Jurassic pterosaur unearthed on the Isle of Skye

A 170 million-year-old pterosaur fossil unearthed in Scotland is the largest of its kind ever discovered from the Jurassic period, a new study reveals.

The ‘exquisite skeleton’, extracted from the coast of the Isle of Skye, is the best-preserved skeleton of a pterosaur to be found in Scotland. 

The giant winged species, which is new to science, had an estimated wingspan of more than eight feet (2.5 metres) – about the size of the largest birds today. 

During the Jurassic period, the creature would have flown over the ancient waters of Scotland, feeding on fish and squid. 

It had ‘enormous and well-defined’ teeth and fangs for plucking its prey out of Scotland’s shallow waters, helped by its impeccable eyesight. 

It ruled the waters at the same time that meat-eating dinosaurs similar…


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