A new pterosaur from the UK

An image of Vectidraco showing what bones were found. (Wikimedia, Darren Naish mail, Martin Simpson, Gareth Dyke(

An image of Vectidraco showing what bones were found. (Wikimedia, Darren Naish mail, Martin Simpson, Gareth Dyke)

A new pterosaur has been found from the Isle of Wight in the south of England. Its name is Vectidraco daisymorrisae which means daisy morris’ dragon of the Isle of Wight.

Daisy Morris is a nine-year-old girl who found the bones five years ago when on a walk with her family.

Palaenotlogists from the University of Southampton realised that it was something different and spent the next five years studying the bones. Finally they decided that they belonged to a new species.

Vectidraco daisymorrisae was a small animal in a world of giants. The fossil was a adult when it died but its wingspan was only about 75cm, about the size of a crow.

There is a lot unknown about Vectidraco as only a few bits of its skeleton was found, including its pelvis and a few vertebrae.

It lived 125 million years ago when England was a chain of tropical islands.

Bringing animals back from extinction

The Tasmanian Tiger that went extinct less than 100 years ago in 1936.

The Tasmanian Tiger that went extinct less than 100 years ago in 1936.

Animals go extinct. Animals have always gone extinct and will always go extinct. But now scientists think that in the near future some of these animals could be brought back. They are calling it De-Extinction.

On 14th March, scientists are heading to Washington to share ideas about whether extinct animals can be brought back to life or not. They will discuss how they can do it and why they should.

A prehistoric park could one day exist filled with animals that went extinct in the last few thousand years (that means dionsaurs are out). They could include animals like the passenger pigeon, dodo or Tasmanian tiger.

The secret is DNA, the body’s blueprint. It is like the instruction manual for a Lego toy. But instead of Lego bricks, our bodies are made up of millions of cells which receive orders from our DNA. If we have an animal’s DNA then we can build it again, bringing it back to life.

But scientists aren’t sure if they should bring extinct animals back. They don’t know what will happen if they did. There are a lot of questions it raises: where will they be kept? Should they be released into the wild? Could they risk other species through disease or hunting?

There are no answers to these questions, yet. But, as scientists discuss these questions on Friday, they hope to find them.