Pterodactyl fossil fills gaps in evolutionary tale
(CNN) â Scientists say a very rare find of some 20 fossilized pterodactyls has produced the first clear evidence of a controversial theory of evolution.
This image shows the fossilized skeleton of Darwinopterus which was found in north-east China earlier this year.
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The fossils were found in north-east China earlier this year, embedded in rock dating back 160 million years, and have been called âDarwinopterusâ after the renowned naturalist Charles Darwin.
The creatureâs discovery has astounded scientists because their age puts them within two recognized groups of pterodactyls â primitive long-tailed forms and advanced short-tail forms â and they display characteristics of both.