Jaw Of Likely Awesome New Winged Dinosaur Found

Posted by on April 29th, 2010


Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the best lede ever written for a news story.

An ancient reptile with a 9-foot wingspan was soaring over the sea in what is now North Texas some 95 million years ago when – plop – it fell into the water and died.

A full story of life and death. A dinosaur. The use of the word “plop.” A masterpiece.


Analysis of the jaw now suggests it belongs to a new-to-science genus and species of flying reptile or pterosaur, now called Aetodactylus halli after its discoverer Lance Hall, a member of the Dallas Paleontological Society who hunts fossils for a hobby.

“I was scanning the exposure and noticed what at first I thought was a piece of oyster shell spanning across a small erosion valley,” Hall said. “Only about an inch or two was exposed. I almost passed it up thinking it was oyster, but realized it was more tan-colored like bone. I started uncovering it and realized it was the jaw to something – but I had no idea what. It was upside down and when I turned over the snout portion it was nothing but a long row of teeth sockets, which was very exciting.”

Also, Aetodactylus means “eagle finder”.

[Live Science]

2 Responses to “Jaw Of Likely Awesome New Winged Dinosaur Found”

  1. Marty Says:

    Thats very interesting ! To bad I don't know much about those prehistoric times, only 1 fact is clear to me and that is that Dinosaurs weren't extint by an Asteriod but climate changes.

    There were also some big ass fish back then !
    See it as the size as Florida, well there is your fish

  2. jackchimney Says:

    I'm pretty sure it means “eagle finger,” not “eagle finder.” You know, because ???????? (daktulos) is Greek for “finger.”