Toothy Texas Pterosaur Discovered; Soared Over Dallas
The winged reptile had a jaw filled with needlelike teeth and likely fished from the shallow sea that once covered Texas, experts say.
The recently discovered pterosaur, dubbed Aetodactylus halli, was identified based on a 95-million-year-old lower jawbone found outside of Dallas by amateur fossil hunter Lance Hall. (Related: "Dinosaur Lost World Found in Texas City.")
The pterosaur had a relatively slender jaw filled with thin, needlelike teeth, which might have helped the creature pluck fish from the shallow sea that once covered the region, a new study says.
"It was hanging out near the ocean, and that is probably where it derived its food from," said study leader Timothy Myers, a paleontologist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
By comparing the jawbone to more complete pterosaur fossils, Myers