Fossil of oldest pterodactyl discovered in Utah desert

After discovering the pterodactyl’s fossilized remains in northeastern Utah, scientists suggest the creature was the first flying vertebrate on Earth.

About 210 million years ago, a strange “bird” with a pelican-like pouch, big fangs and a large, five-foot wingspan circled above the Utah desert, searching for its next meal.

Now, after discovering the pterodactyl’s fossilized remains in northeastern Utah, scientists suggest the creature was the first flying vertebrate on Earth, according to a new study released Monday.

In fact, the new fossil pushes back the first flying vertebrate by some 65 million years, all the way back into the Triassic period.

The new pterodactyl (flying reptiles that scientists officially call a pterosaur) specimen is named Caelestiventus hanseni, which in Latin means “heavenly wind.” Dating back more than 200 million years, it’s one of the earliest ever found.

“Triassic pterosaurs are extraordinarily rare,” said study lead author Brooks Britt, a geologist at Brigham Young University. The animal was not a bird nor a dinosaur, though it lived at about the same time as the famed beasts. 

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Stocks rise as Turkish lira rebounds

Stocks rose on Tuesday as a rebound in the Turkish lira from an all-time low lifted investor sentiment.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 63 points, while the S&P 500 gained 0.3 percent. Both indexes were also on track to snap four-day losing streaks. The Nasdaq Composite gained 0.4 percent.

Energy shares were the best performers on Wall Street, as the sector rose nearly 1 percent on the back of a 1.6 percent gain in U.S. crude. Tech shares also contributed to the gains as Apple and Amazon both rose.

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Florida State House Candidate Admits She Faked College Diploma | HuffPost

A Republican candidate for office in Florida is admitting she lied about her educational background and faked her diploma, but refuses to exit the campaign.

State House candidate Melissa Howard came under fire last week after she was accused of lying about earning a bachelor’s degree and posing for a photo with a suspected fake university diploma.

On Monday, Howard released a statement admitting the diploma was not legit.

“I would like to apologize to my family and my supporters for this situation. It was not my intent to deceive or mislead anyone. I made a mistake in saying that I completed my degree. What I did was wrong and set a bad example for someone seeking public service. I am staying in the race and intend to win and lead by example from now on.”

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Bridge Collapse in Italy Sends Cars Plunging 300 Feet and Leaves 22 Dead

A highway bridge in Italy collapsed on Tuesday and sent vehicles about 300 feet into “a heap of rubble below,” according to the Associated Press. Officials reportedly said at least 22 people have died.

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