Archaeologists discover fossils of a flying lizard in the Atacama Desert

Excavations were made in the Atacama Desert, located in the northern part of modern Chile, on the territory of the ancient continent of Gondwana. The results of the archaeological mission were positive: paleontologists report the discovery of a flying lizard.

The ancient representative of pterosaurs was preserved in fragments, but with distinct detail. Details of the study are published on the scientific portal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. The author of the study, Dr. Jonathan Alarcon-Muñoz, reports that the age of the find is roughly 160 million years old.

The lizard had a long tail and a narrow mouth with many sharp teeth. Researchers believe that the found reptile belongs to the group of pterosaurs Rhamphorhynchinae. Wingspan flying lizards reached two meters. The specimen found was a fairly large member of the group.

Researchers say that the described group of pterosaurs was based not only on this continent. According to scientists, they lived in Europe, Asia and North America. The found fossils of the ancient lizard help scientists better understand the evolution of these reptiles.