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70-million-year old Pterosaur jaw found in British Columbia rock

A 70-million-year old jaw of a pterosaur with a 3-meter long wing span has been found inside a rock discovered on British Columbia’s Hornby Island.

“Lots of people are out there looking for these fossils but it’s not very often that we find something that lived on land. They find lots of marine animals like shells or crabs but not usually bones of an animal that lived on land,” said Arbour, a 27-year-old PhD student.

The rock was found several years ago by an avid fossil collector, Graham Beard, who runs the Vancouver Island Paleontological Museum. Beard was certain the fossil belonged to a dinosaur, Arbour said, and he asked Currie to investigate.

Arbour linked the fossil to the flying reptile after reading a paper on a Chinese pterosaur that shared the same teeth pattern. The reptile is said to have lived during the late Cretaceous period nearly 70 million years ago.

“He’s got these little teeth at the end of a long snout so he may have been good at picking meat off of carcasses,” Arbour said.

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