Klobiodon rochei, a recently classified species of ancient reptiles, was trolling Jurassic lands and skies. This ancient flying reptile had large fangs that formed “a toothy cage,” a characteristic that the scientists have never seen before in another prehistoric species.
The new species, Klobiodon rochei, was identified thanks to several bone fragments unearthed from Stonefield Slate, a region about 10 miles northwest of Oxford and which is a rich source of Jurassic fossils. At Stonefield Slate, also, the researchers discovered the remnants of a Megalosaurus, the first dinosaur ever unearthed in the United Kingdom.
“Klobiodon has been known to us for centuries, archived in a museum drawer and seen by dozens or hundreds of scientists, but its significance has been overlooked because it’s been confused with another species since the 1800s,” explained Michael O’Sullivan, a paleontologist from the University of Portsmouth.
Ancient Flying Reptile With Large Fangs Trolled Jurassic Lands and Skies
This ancient flying reptile with large teeth lived about 166 million years ago, in Jurassic Era, and possessed big fangs which locked together, looking like a cage. “Its large fangs would have meshed together to form a toothy cage, from which little could escape once Klobiodon had gotten a hold of it,” added Michael O’Sullivan.
Klobiodon rochei boasted an about 6.5 feet wingspan which made it be an imposing creature while in the air, but also one of the fiercest predators while on the land. Thanks to the discovery of this ancient flying reptile, scientists can now learn more about how animals lived in the Stonefield Slate region 166 million years ago when the climate was much hotter than today.
“The Stonesfield pterosaurs are rarely pretty or spectacular, but they capture a time in flying reptile evolution which is poorly represented globally. They have an important role to play in not only understanding the UK’s natural history but help us understand the bigger global picture as well,” said Michael O’Sullivan in a statement.
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