Pterosaurs have 27-feet wingspans, are named after 9-year-old girls

Dinosaurs usually hog all the prehistoric attention, but their winged cousins the pterosaurs are enjoying some newfound notoriety after big fossil discoveries in places as far afield as Brazil and the UK's Isle of Wight. The latter discovery gets extra points for adorableness, as the pterosaur fossil's discover and… » 3/24/13 3:00pm 3/24/13 3:00pm

Why creationists love Meyer's dragon

This is a dragon, "as it was recovered in the hands of the engineer Cornelius Meyer" — at least according to the inscription in the picture. Said picture comes from a book written by Meyer, himself, in 1696. On the book's cover is an etching of the dragon as he purports it looked — alive — in 1691. » 2/08/13 2:34pm 2/08/13 2:34pm

Most violent fossil ever shows the final record of a three-way hunt

150 million years ago, a flying reptile saw a fish in the waters of the Jurassic Ocean. The reptile caught its prey...and then was almost immediately grabbed by a much larger fish. That's when things really started to go wrong. » 3/14/12 4:30pm 3/14/12 4:30pm

What did Velociraptor have for dinner? Raptor skeleton discovered with…

If you lie awake at night wondering Velociraptor's favorite food was (and whether it tastes much like human flesh), you're in luck. For the first time, a Velociraptor skeleton has been observed with its last supper still filling its guts, and this little guy feasted on long-dead pterosaur. » 3/04/12 9:30am 3/04/12 9:30am

Paleontologists discover 120-million-year-old "Ghost Dragon" in China

Which of the following hypothetical scenarios do you think would be more terrifying: a modern-day world inhabited by Pterosauria (famous for being the first known vertebrates to evolve the capability of flight), or a modern-day world inhabited by Dromaeosauridae (famous for their sickle-like killing claws, among other… » 2/29/12 3:30pm 2/29/12 3:30pm

Was there really a vampire who fed on dinosaur blood?

Prepare to be confronted with something scarier (and cuter) than Jurassic Park's raptors. In the mid to late Jurassic, the world was full of furry, flying vampire pterosaurs who fed on dino blood. » 2/23/12 8:40am 2/23/12 8:40am