Reading The fossilized remains of a previously unknown 160 million year old pterodactyl dug up researchers in the Wiehengebirge. The approximately 1000 square meters large find area in the Minden-Lübbecke count with a total of 170 finds now among the most important excavation sites in Europe, said paleontologist Klaus-Peter Lanser of the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (LWL) on Monday in Münster.

In addition to the skeletal remains of the approximately 14-meter-long predatory dinosaur from the middle Jurassic period found the excavation team of the Association also teeth and bones of marine crocodiles and swimming dinosaurs. Already last year, the experts of the Münster Natural History Museum found jaw residues and an 18-centimeter-long incisor of the carnivorous dinosaur and subsequently dug it further, Lanser said. In the meantime, the upper jaw, two 75-centimeter-long fibula bones and parts of the ribs and vertebrae have been prepared. Just last Tuesday, the archaeologists also found the iliac shovel of the animal, which is considered a precursor of the Torvosaurs and the Tyrannosaurus rex.

The finds so far are particularly remarkable because little is known about the Middle Jurassic period, said Lanser. For this reason, the scientists want to dig another two years in the former quarry. The exact location of the locality wants to keep Lanser out of fear of robberies but keep secret. Part of the prepared finds can be seen from 12th November in the state exhibition at the Archaeological Museum of the Landschaftsverband in Münster.

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