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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STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Youths torched and vandalized scores of cars in the Swedish city of Gothenburg and surrounding towns and Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Tuesday the disturbances looked organized “almost like a military operation”.
Stocks rose on Tuesday as a rebound in the Turkish lira from an all-time low lifted investor sentiment.
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.
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.”
As Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election continues, two former members of his team are under scrutiny for text messages they exchanged about President Trump and the probe.
In the messages, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who were romantically involved, bashed Trump and discussed concerns about being too tough on Hillary Clinton during an investigation into the use of her private email server.
Overall, the pair exchanged some 50,000 text messages throughout the presidential election and first year of the Trump administration, many of them with anti-Trump sentiments.
In one particular message, when Page asked if Trump would ever become president, Strzok reportedly replied, “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.”
Other text messages showed an allegiance for fired FBI Director James Comey.