In the central part of the Russian Plain near Ryazan, the first traces of flying lizards were found

In the central part of the Russian Plain near Ryazan, the first traces of flying lizards were found
In the central part of the Russian Plain near Ryazan, the first traces of flying lizards were found
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The remains of flying lizards, which in the Cretaceous period lived in the territory of the modern center of the Russian Plain, were first found on the territory of the Maly Prolom quarry in the Shatsk district of the Ryazan region. The authenticity of the find was confirmed by scientists from the United States, France, Great Britain and other countries of the world, the head of the department of geography, ecology and nature management of the Ryazan State University (RSU) named after V.I. Yesenina Alexey Vodorezov.

The discovery was made on the territory of the Maly Prolom quarry, where scientists have found the remains of prehistoric creatures since 2017. Earlier it was reported about the discovery of the teeth of ancient sharks of the Cenomanian era of the Cretaceous period (100-95 million years ago).

“For the first time, the teeth of a flying reptile were found, earlier in the center of Russia pterosaurs were not known at all. Together with colleagues from other countries, we came to the conclusion that they belonged to flying ornitocheiruses - their teeth are very thin, long, slightly curved, just such teeth are needed in order to snatch fish out of the water. The wingspan of this creature reached 9 m. They were found in Europe, here - in Tatarstan, Volgograd, singly - near Tambov and Saratov, but so close to the territory of modern Moscow - never before ", - said the interlocutor of the agency.

Scientists have already found six pterosaur teeth, which are now being examined with colleagues from the United States, France, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland, Sweden and Australia. Russia in the study is represented by employees of the Department of Geography, Ecology and Nature Management of the Ryazan State University (RSU) named after Yesenin Alexey Vodorezov and Sergey Solonin. The first results of the study were presented in the spring of 2021 at an international scientific conference in Poland.

As the interlocutor of the agency noted, scientists have also found more than 40 species of ancient sharks, as well as a variety of marine reptiles, in the Maly Proyom quarry recently. Now the issue of creating a Geopark on the territory is being considered. In the future, the finds will go to museums in Russia, including in the Ryazan region.

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