Paleontology, in which scientists studyliving dinosaurs millions of years ago, is an extremely interesting science. For example, most recently, researchers examined the tracks left by gigantic creatures and found out that some of them could walk on two front legs under certain conditions. But also not so long ago, an equally interesting discovery was made by an international group of paleontologists in Germany. There, among the limestone deposits, the tooth of one of the flying dinosaurs was found, stuck in the body of an ancient squid. But why is this find considered unique and what exactly did scientists learn from studying these remains?
An unusual find was told in the scientificScientific Reports. Scientists managed to find the remains of squid and tooth of a winged dinosaur in limestone deposits, which lived about 150 million years ago. They are very well preserved and the reason for this, paleontologists believe that they were lying in a very salty environment. Perhaps it is precisely because of this that an adult 30-centimeter squid preserved not only the body, but also the ink bag. But the most interesting thing that was found in his entrails was a pterosaur tooth.
What did pterosaurs eat?
According to paleontologists, found insidea cephalopod mollusk the tooth belonged to a pterosaur of the species Rhamphorhynchus muensteri. The length of the largest individuals of these creatures reached 1.26 meters, and the wingspan was about 1.81 meters. Like many winged dinosaurs, this species appeared about 200 million years ago and had a beak-like jaw with many sharp teeth. One of them, presumably during the hunt, was stuck in the body of a squid.
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Scientists already knew that many pterosaursate mainly fish. At least this was evidenced by fish scales and bones found among the remains of these dinosaurs. Only the fact that pterodactyls could also eat mollusks has become quite an interesting discovery for paleontologists. Upon learning this, they became interested in exactly how winged dinosaurs hunted marine creatures. It turned out that they caught fish and shellfish in flight or standing on the shore, but they hardly knew how to dive under water.
At least the clam found was attacked withair, which is hinted at by the angle of inclination of the tooth that has sunk into his body. And he glared, most likely due to the too large size of the cephalopod creature. We remind you that the researchers found the remains of an adult 30-centimeter individual, which was clearly not as light as small fish. After focusing the squid's body, the pterosaur simply could not pull it out of the water and released it, while breaking one tooth.
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Unfortunately, did the squid die after the attack orlived the rest of his days with a tooth stuck in his body, scientists are unlikely to ever find out. It is possible that he even survived, because many aquatic inhabitants could very well remain alive with foreign objects in their bodies. What can I say - in many of the whales living today, you can find tons of all kinds of garbage. One of these poor creatures can be found in one of our materials.