A new species of pterosaur has been identified, Aetodactylus halli, from a jaw bone found in north Texas by Lance Hall, a hobbyist and member of the Dallas Paleontological Society. This species is unusual in that it had teeth.
Based on the jaw bone, this particular A. halli had a wingspan of about nine feet. Specimens of other pterosaurs found in Texas had wingspans of 36 to 39 feet.
The F-84, the first fighter jet that could carry a tactical atomic weapon, had a wingspan of 36 feet 5 inches. The wingtips of a large pterosaur sitting on my roof would touch the ground on either side of my house.
It’s hard to imagine a bird that big.
But what amazed me the most was that 95 million years ago the east and west coasts of the United States were divided by the Cretaceous Seaway.