Paleontologists have discovered several hundreds of ridiculously well-preserved eggs from an ancient flying reptile, Pterosaurs in China. Some of the eggs still contain remains of embryos. The discovery may shed a new light on the nesting behavior and development of the winged, prehistoric flying reptiles.
Researchers believe Pterosaurs were menacing creatures flew during the period of Lower Cretaceous alongside dinosaurs. They say, this species could have a giant wingspan of around 13 feet and was more likely ate fish using their large jawbones filled with teeth. Researchers from the Turpan-Hami Basin, located in in northwestern China gathered the eggs over a span of 10 years as from 2006 to 2016.
The cache of massive eggs was being well preserved by a single sedimentary sandstone block that held more than 215 eggs and most of them have yet kept their shapes. Researchers also mentioned in the findings published in the Science that, sixteen of those eggs even have the embryonic remains of the Hamipterus tianshanensis, the species from pterosaur.
The eggs fossils discovered in the location are so abundant that researchers call it as ‘Pterosaur Eden’, according to a paleontologist, Shunxing Jiang, from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) of The Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP).
Jiang added in saying that the team believes that dozens more eggs may still there lying hidden within or under the sandstone. Jiang said that, “You can very easily find the pterosaur bones.”
The paper released on the subject reads that, “Thus, newborns were likely to move around but were not able to fly, leading to the hypothesis that Hamipterus might have been less precocious than advocated for flying reptiles in general … and probably needed some parental care.”