Chilean scientists discovered the fossil of a “dragon” recently. It was previously thought to exist solely in the northern hemisphere. There is not yet any evidence to suggest that it could breathe fire.
In fact, the “flying dragon,” as the creature has come to be known, is reminiscent of the pterodactyls depicted in movies like “Jurassic Park.” Both were types of pterosaurs, and surprisingly, both were actually from the Jurrasic era. What do you know? The movies actually got it right for once.
The discovery of the creature’s remains in Chile’s Atacama Desert came as a big surprise to scientists. Previously, the only other “flying dragon” fossils had been found in North America. According to Reuters, the dinosaur sported wings, a pointed tail, and a terrifying set of outward-facing teeth.
“This shows the distribution of the animals in this group was wider than what was known up to now,” said University of Chile scientist Jhonatan Alarcon.
It may not seem like a big deal on the surface. But the discovery helps scientists to paint the picture of how landmasses have shifted over the last 150 million years. The southern continents are thought to have been clumped together in a big chunk of land dubbed “Gondwana” when this “flying dragon” roamed the Earth.
“There are pterosaurs of this group also in Cuba, which apparently were coastal animals. So most likely they have migrated between the North and the South or maybe they came once and stayed, we don’t know,” Alcarcon continued.
Per Reuters, the Atacama region in Chile has been a popular spot for archaeologists over the years. Once part of the prehistoric Pacific Ocean, the desert is chock-full of fossil remains. If it held the secret of dragons for this long, there’s no telling what else is hiding out there.
Forget ‘Flying Dragons,’ Another Recent Discovery Makes the T-Rex Look Like a Lap Dog
The famed T-Rex: painted as the bad guy in dinosaur movies, a favorite of enthusiasts everywhere, and… 5x smaller than a monstrous carnivore which had it on the lunch menu. That’s right. Outsider’s Jon D.B. broke the recent discovery down in detail. Click here to check out his article.
In short, this beast of a carnivorous dinosaur made the T-Rex look like a child in comparison. Not only that, but its name is hard to pronounce and even harder to spell—say “Ulughbegasaurus” five times fast.
“It was like a grizzly bear compared to a coyote,” said Darla Zelenitsky, a U of C associate professor. “It had slashing bites with blade-like teeth, whereas T-rex’s jaws were more for crushing bones.”
Dragons? Massive carnivores that put the T-Rex to shame? What a time to be alive. Fortunately, mammals waited millions of years to make their entrance.