Pterosaur

Hollow and light

This is part of one of the extended finger bones which formed the wing of a pterosaur (flying reptile). Pterosaurs are amongst the rarest of fossils because their bones were hollow and light in order to fly. That made them very unlikely to sink and become fossilised. This specimen was part of the Philpot Sisters’ collection which later went to Oxford Museum, before being donated to Lyme Regis Museum.

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Common name

Pterosaur

Scientific name

Pterosaur

Type

Vertebrates > Reptiles > Pterosaurs


Strata

Blue Lias (probably) Lower Jurassic

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

200 million years

Where found

Lyme Regis area

Found by

The Philpot Sisters

Museum

Lyme Regis Museum

Accession number

L.J28261