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Rare Pterosaur Fossils

Why Pterosaur Fossils Are So Rare In 1784 the Italian naturalist, Cosimo Collini, discovered and described the first pterosaur fossil. However, Collini misinterpreted his find, believing that he had discovered a seagoing creature that used its long front limbs as flippers. It was not until 1801 that Georges Cuvier realized that pterosaurs were actual flying … Continue reading


The science of paleontology is the study of fossils to gain an understanding of the past.  The word “fossil” comes from the Latin word “fossus”, meaning “having been dug up”.  Fossils are the preserved remains or impressions of animals and plants that have long since died, and, in most cases, were buried under dirt, rock, sand or some kind of substrate … Continue reading