Newly-discovered Pterosaur 'mystery' was mistaken for a shark fossil for 100 years

Mr Smith said: “Sadly, it is doubtful if any more remains of this pterosaur will be discovered, as there are no longer any exposures of the rock from which the fossils came.

“But I’m hopeful that other museum collections may contain more examples, and as soon as the covid restrictions are lifted I will continue my search.”

Mr Smith’s supervisor, Professor Dave Martill from the University of Portsmouth, said: “The little bit of beak is tantalising in that it is small, and simply differs from Ornithostoma in subtle ways, perhaps in the way that a great white egret might differ from a heron.

“Likely the differences in life would have been more to do with colour, call and behaviour than in the skeleton.


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