New dinosaur discovery may provide "missing link"

    BEIJING. October 14. KAZINFORM Researchers in Britain and China say they have discovered the fossils of a new type of flying reptile that lived over 160 million years ago; Kazinform refers to Xinhua.

Named Darwinopterus, after the famous naturalist Charles Darwin, it is a hawk-like reptile with a head and neck like advanced pterosaurs. Pterosaurs, sometimes called pterodactyls, were flying reptiles that flourished between 65 and 220 million years ago.

 The research, which is to be published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, is said to provide the first clear evidence of a controversial type of evolution called modular evolution. Twenty new fossils were found in the north-east of China and they show similarities to both primitive and more advanced pterosaurs; Kazinform cites Xinhua.

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