Dinosaur transformations: an ancient shark became a mysterious pterosaur

Paleontologists find an ancient pterosaur that was once a shark

The paleontologists made an amazing discovery. They discovered a fantastic evolution of the ancient shark. The fossil creature turned into a mysterious pterosaur. It became clear during the study of unusual fossils discovered in the UK about 100 years ago. The fossils showed an unusual species of pterosaur that has no analogues Roy Smith, a lead researcher at the University of Portsmouth, accidentally discovered these mysterious remains among other fossils stored in the base of the Cambridge Museum.

They were found while mining phosphate in the English Marshes about 100 years ago. Using modern technology, the scientists discovered that a pterosaur has shark teeth, as well as shark fin spines. He believes that he could not make a mistake, since there are several features in the structure of fossil creatures: both an ancient shark and an ancient pterosaur.

One of them are tiny holes where nerve endings came out to the surface and pterosaurs used this feature for sensitive feeding. But in order to define these remains as a new species, the scientists agreed that one fragment is not enough, and others are not.

According to Roy Smith, he and his colleagues intend to request similar stone remains from other museums and scientific institutes in order to study them. Pterosaurs with a type of beak that bore some resemblance to a shark may existed in North Africa.

But it is quite incredible to find their remains in the UK. How they could get there is unknown to science. Therefore, the find is very important and is of particular historical value. It provides new knowledge about flying prehistoric reptiles that’s original homeland could have been water and not air.

Reference: “Edentulous pterosaurs from the Cambridge Greensand (Cretaceous) of eastern England with a review of Ornithostoma Seeley, 1871″ by Roy E. Smith, David M. Martill, David M. Unwin and Lorna Steel, 6 November 2020, The Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association. DOI: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2020.10.004