Paleontology, in which scientists study lived millions of years ago dinosaurs is a very interesting science. For example, recently researchers have studied the giant creatures left traces and found that some of them under certain conditions was able to walk on two front legs. But also not so long ago the interesting discovery was made by an international team of paleontologists in Germany. There, among the limestone deposits, was found the tooth of one of the flying dinosaurs, stuck in the body of an ancient squid. But why this find is unique and what scientists have learned in the course of studying these remains?
About an unusual discovery was described in a scientific journal Scientific Reports. Scientists were able to find in the limestone deposits, the remains of squid and tooth winged dinosaur that lived about 150 million years ago. They are very well preserved and the reason for this paleontologists believe that they were in a highly salty environment. Perhaps it is because of this that of an adult 30-inch squid preserved not only the body but also the ink bag. But the most interesting thing that was found in his internals is a tooth of a pterosaur.
What ate pterosaurs?
According to paleontologists, found within cephalopod mollusk tooth belonged to the pterosaur species Rhamphorhynchus muensteri. The length of the largest individuals of these creatures reached 1,26 meters, and the wingspan was about to 1.81 meters. Like many winged dinosaurs, this kind of appeared about 200 million years ago and had a beak like jaw with many sharp teeth. One of them, presumably during a hunt, and stuck in the body of the squid.
Scientists were already aware that many pterosaurs ate mostly fish. This, at least, testified was found among the remains of these dinosaurs fish scales and bones. Only now that the pterodactyls could also eat shellfish, for paleontologists became rather interesting discovery. Knowing this, they became interested in how winged dinosaurs preyed on sea creatures. It turned out that they were catching fish and shellfish in flight or standing on the shore, but to dive under water, they hardly knew how.
At least, found the clam was attacked from the air, suggests that the angle of inclination sucking on his body of the tooth. And stuck it is likely due to too large size of cephalopod creatures. Recall that researchers had found the remains of an adult 30-inch specimen, which was obviously not as easy as a little fish. By biting through the body of the squid, the pterosaur simply couldn’t get it out of the water and released, thus breaking one tooth.