The remnants of the sort of Jurassic-era lizard with wings called a pterosaur have been reported by Chilean experts. In 2009 the dinosaur bones were uncovered. This species roamed in what is now the Atacama Desert approximately 160 million years ago. The first such species to be found in Gondwana, subsequently forming the southern part of the globe, has been proven to be of a rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur. This represents the oldest pterosaur found in this region.
University of Chile research scientist Jhonatan Alarcon claimed the dinosaurs had a width of 2 or 3 meters with a lengthy tail and pointed nose. “We show that the distribution of animals in this group was wider than known to date. 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,” he added.
The finding indicates at a period when many people of the world’s southern land had been connected in a supercontinent named Gondwana, closing links and probable migration between the Northern and Soutural hemispheres.
Other dinosaur fossils
Back in April, the Chilean Culture Ministry announced the discovery of a new species of dinosaur measuring an estimated 6.3 meters (20.7 feet) in length that lived in what is now the northern Atacama desert region during the final phase of the Cretaceous Period, between 66 and 80 million years ago.
The discovered bones were subadult, which could have been up to 8 meters long once fully matured, and the individual bones uncovered include a femur, a humerus, and many neck and dorsum vertebrates, one of the fullest titansauric skeletons on the western bank of South America.