Over 200 pterosaur eggs have been found at a site in China, the largest such discovery on record, and the embryos inside reveal what newly-hatched pterosaurs were like
The largest ever collection of pterosaur eggs and embryos has been found in north-west China. It includes 215 eggs, some with intact embryos. The “Pterosaur Park” is evidence that these pterosaur babies were born flightless and needed looking after, and that their parents nested in huge shared colonies.
The first flying vertebrates and the biggest animals to ever get off the ground, pterosaurs evolved some 220 million years ago from a group of reptiles that gave rise to crocodiles, dinosaurs, and later birds. The species studied, Hamipterus tianshanensis, lived in the early Cretaceous nearly 120 million
Create an account for free access to:
With a free New Scientist account you’ll enjoy increased access to New Scientist content and ideas.
Every week the editors release a selection of articles to New Scientist account holders. These articles are available exclusively to logged in account holders and subscribers. The editors selection can range from new features, opinions and interviews to fascinating content from the New Scientist archive.
You’ll also receive the latest news and top stories in your inbox every week with the New Scientist email newsletter.
Get more from New Scientist. To create your free account, simply complete this quick form.
Special rates for students, teachers, libraries, schools, colleges and universities
Special rates for companies and group subscriptions
Give New Scientist to a friend or loved one, or activate your gift subscription